Jakob Verbruggen

Director for Film and Television

Theatre, Film & TV
Joe Phillips
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Jakob Verbruggen is one of the most exciting directors to emerge from the current boom in breakthrough television dramas coming out of Europe. 

In 2012 Jakob directed BBC crime drama The Fall for Artists Studio, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan which was shown on BBC2 in 2013. It was described by the Guardian as 'one of the best dramas on the BBC in years.' 

Subsequently he directed 2 episodes of the US version of The Bridge, starring Diane Kruger and is attached to direct an original 5 part series London Spy, written by Tom Rob Smith for Working Title and BBC.


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London Spy 5 x 60'
Working Title for BBC2
In development
Creator Tom Rob Smith
Producer Juliette Howell, Polly Hill (Exec. producers)
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Writer Tom Rob Smith

Written by acclaimed author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44). In the centre of London is a street with the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other. London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from opposite sides of that street. 

Shorewood, Inc., Elwood Reid, Inc., FX Productions, Filmlance, Shine America for FX
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Starring Diane Kruger & Demián Bichir

Two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border.

The Fall 5 X 60
May 2013
Artists Studio for BBC 2
Producer Justin-Thompson Glover, Gub Neal, Patrick Irwin, Julian Stevens
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Writer Allan Cubitt
Starring Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Séainín Brennan, Nick Lee & Gerard McCarthy

A gripping psychological thriller that forensically examines the lives of two hunters; a detective and a serial killer. Nominated for Best Drama at Broadcast Awards 2014 and Best Drama at Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

Code 37 Apr 2009
Producer Dirk Impens
Director Jakob Verbruggen

Jakob directed 19 episodes of Code 37. In the vein of Steig Larsson's Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Code 37 follows female detective Hannah Maes, who specialises in tracking down sexual offenders. Simultaneously, she's on a personal quest to find the perpetrator of a brutal attack in her mother's home.

Code 37 Oct 2011
Menuet Producties for SFD
Producer Dirk Impens
Director Jakob Verbruggen
Starring Veerle Baetens, Michael Pas , Marc Lauwrys, Gilles De Schrijver & Geert Van Rampelberg