SJ Clarkson

Director for film and television
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Biography

SJ is an accomplished director working in both the UK and US. She directed and Exec Produced the first two episodes of Netflix’s Jessica Jones for Marvel. Variety said of the show “(It’s) not just a contender for the title Best Marvel-related TV Property; in a supremely crowded TV scene, it is one of the year’s most distinctive new dramas.” 

SJ directed episode 4 of HBO’s Vinyl, which was EP’d by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. She has also directed Nick Hornby’s 5 part adaptation of Love Nina for See-Saw Films and BBC/Weinstein Company starring Helena Bonham Carter. The show premiered at the Berlin Film festival.

Prior to that she directed the pilot of USA’s action adventure event series, Dig, for Keshet which starred Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche and was written and Executive Produced by Gideon Raff (Homeland, Tyrant). She directed Frank Spotnitz's pilot Hunted for BBC/HBO Cinemax, which Kudos/Shine executive produced and starred Melissa George. 

SJ has directed episodes of Turn (AMC series from Craig Silverstein/Barry Josephson starring Jamie Bell), The Bridge, Hostages, Orange is the New Black, Smash, Bates Motel, Heroes, Dexter, Ugly Betty, House and Alan Ball’s HBO/Cinemax series Banshee. SJ has worked extensively on the BAFTA and International Emmy Award winning show Life on Mars as well as on the acclaimed series Hustle. She co-created Mistresses for BBC/ ECOSSE in the UK and directed the opening run of the UK episodes. She directed the feature Toast for Ruby Films / BBC which is based on the best-selling, autobiographical novel by renowned food writer and chef Nigel Slater and written by Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall, which starred Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. 

The Guardian named her one of the top 50 most powerful women in film and television in 2012.


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TV

Director

Love Nina
5 x 30'
Producer Derrin Schlesinger
Writer Nick Hornby
Starring
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Faye Marsay
  • Jonathan Aris
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    Nina Stibbe's fascinating letters from the heart of 1980s literary London.

    See Saw Films for BBC
     
    Vinyl
    1 x 60'
    Producer Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger
    Writer Terence Winter
    Starring
  • Bobby Cannavale
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Juno Temple
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    A New York music executive in the late 1970s hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene.

    HBO
     
    Producer Tim Lacofano
    Writer Brian Bendis, Michael Gaydos, Melissa Rosenberg
    Starring
  • Krysten Ritter
  • David Tennant
  • Mike Colter
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    A former super-heroine decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.

    Marvel for Netflix
     
    Dig
    1 x 65'
    Creator Gideon Raff
    Producer Liat Benasuly, Jenna Santoianni Glazier
    Writer Gideon Raff, Tim Kring
    Starring
  • Jason Issacs
  • Anne Heche
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    An FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem is investigating a murder of a young female archaeologist, but unearths an artefact that will change the course of history and a conspiracy 2000 years in the making.

    USA
     
    Turn
    1 x 60'
    Creator Alexander Rose
    Producer Larry Rapaport
    Writer Craig Silverstein
    Starring
  • Jamie Bell
  • Seth Numrich
  •  
    Set in the summer of 1778, Turn tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.
    AMC
     
    Hostages
    1 x 45'
    Creator Alon Aranya, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir
    Writer Alon Aranya, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Cassie Pappas
    Starring
  • Toni Colette
  • Dylan McDermott
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    The surgeon who is about to operate on the US president is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent. She is forced into an impossible dilemma when she's ordered to botch the operation in order to save her family.

    Jerry Bruckheimer/Warner Bros for CBS
     
    Producer Tara Herrmann
    Writer Jenji Kohan
    Starring
  • Taylor Schilling
  • Uzo Aduba
  • Danielle Brooks
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    Female prison drama. Follows the story of inmate who is imprisoned for 15 months after smuggling drug money for a friend.

    Lionsgate for Netflix
     
    The Bridge
    1 x 45'
    Producer Patrick Markey
    Writer Hans Rosenfeldt
    Starring
  • Diane Kruger
  • Demian Bichir
  •  

    US version of the acclaimed Danish/Swedish co-production. Two detectives are drawn into a complex case to track take down a serial killer operating across the Texas-Chihuahua border.

    FX Productions and Shine America for FX
     
    Banshee
    2 x 60'
    Creator Alan Ball
    Writer Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler
    Starring
  • Antony Starr
  • Ivana Milicevic
  • Rus Blackwell
  • Matt Servitto
  •  
    An ex-convict and master thief assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.
    Cinemax for HBO
     
    Producer Justis Greene
    Starring
  • Kerry Ehrin
  •  
    Inspired byAlfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Bates Motel tells the life of Norman and Norma Bates prior to movie.
    Universal Television for A&E
    In development
     
    Smash
    1 x 45'
    Creator Theresa Rebeck
    Writer Theresa Rebeck, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky
    Starring
  • Debra Messing
  • Brian D'Arcy James
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Katharine McPhee
  •  
    SJ directed "The Suprise Party" in Season 2 of the American musical drama series, revolving around the creation of a new Broadway musical.
    Universal Media Studios/Dreamworks Television for NBC
     
    Hunted
    2 x 60
    Creator Frank Spotnitz
    Producer Alison Jackson
    Writer Frank Spotnitz
    Starring
  • Melissa George
  • Stephen Dellane
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    BBC suspense thriller set in the world of international espionage.
    Kudos for BBC One/HBO
    In development
     
    Dexter
    2 x 60
    Producer Robert Lloyd Lewis
    Writer Tim Schlattmann & Scott Reynolds
    Starring
  • Michael C Hall
  • Julie Benz
  • Jennifer Carpenter
  • Desmond Harrington
  •  

    SJ directed two episodes of season 6 of the hit US drama about the crusading, serial killer criminal pathologist Dexter played by Michael C Hall.
    Clyde Phillips Productions / The Colleton Company for Showtime
     
    Starring
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Robert Sean Leonard
  •  
    Directed an episode of season 7 of the hit US medical drama
    Heel & Toe Films for Fox
     
    Direct Red
    4 x 60'
     
    New four part adaptation of Gabriel Weston's memoir of being a female surgeon
    Ruby Films for ITV
    In Development
     
    Toast
    1 x 90'
    Producer Faye Ward
    Writer Lee Hall
    Starring
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Victoria Hamilton
  • Freddie Highmore
  •  
    Adaptation of Nigel Slater's autobiographical novel for BBC1
    Ruby Films for BBC 1
     
    Dexter
    1 x 60'
    Producer Tim Schlattman
    Writer Scot Buck & Lauren Gussis
    Starring
  • Michael C Hall
  • Julie Benz
  • Jennifer Carpenter
  • Desmond Harrington
  •  
    SJ directed an episode of season 4 of the hit US crime drama about the serial killer criminal pathologist.
    Clyde Phillips Productions / The Colleton Company for Showtime
     
    Producer Lori Motyer
    Writer Joe Pokaski
    Starring
  • Masi Oka
  • Hayden Panettiere
  • Zachary Quinto
  • Cristine Rose
  •  
    Episode 5 of Season 4 of the US fantasy superhero drama
    Tailwind Productions for NBC
     
    Producer Lori Motyer
    Writer Mark Verheiden & Misha Green
    Starring
  • Jack Coleman
  • Greg Grunberg
  • Robert Knepper
  • Ali Larter
  •  
    Episode 17 of Season 4 of the hit US drama superhero drama
    Tailwind Productions for NBC
     
    Ugly Betty
    1 x 60'
    Producer Richard Heus
    Writer Chris Black & David Grubstick
    Starring
  • America Ferrera
  • Eric Mabius
  • Becki Newton
  • Ana Ortiz
  •  
    ABC Studios for Buena Vista Television
     
    Producer Marcus Wilson
    Starring
  • Phil Daniels
  • Johnny Harris
  • Alex Jennings
  • Steve Pemberton
  •  
    Three part thriller about a Jack the Ripper copycat killer for ITV
    Carnival Films for ITV
     
    Starring
  • Sarah Parish
  • Sharon Small
  • Orla Brady
  • Shelley Conn
  •  
    Ecosse Films for BBC
     
    Life On Mars II
    Won International Emmy for Best Drama Series 2008
    8 x 60'
    Starring
  • Dean Andrews
  • Philip Glenister
  • Marshall Lancaster
  • John Simm
  •  
    Second series of the award winning, time travelling police drama
    Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1
     
    Hustle
    6 x 60'
    Producer Lucy Robinson
    Writer Tony Jordan
    Starring
  • Adrian Lester
  • Jaime Murray
  • Robert Vaughan
  •  
    Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1
     
    Producer Claire Parker
    Starring
  • Dean Andrews
  • Philip Glenister
  • Marshall Lancaster
  • John Simm
  •  
    SJ directed two episodes of the first series of the cult BBC1 time travelling police drama
    Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1