Paul Wilmshurst

Award-winning drama director
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Biography

Award-winning drama director with a background in documentary, Paul has a committed, intelligent and passionate approach to his work, which includes the last three seasons on the ground-breaking action-adventure series Strike Back for Left Bank Pictures and Sky/HBO/Cinemax, working in Cape Town and Budapest. He also directed two episodes of the David S. Goyer-scripted historical fantasy Da Vinci’s Demons for StarZ and BBC America.

Drawn to formal challenges, ambitious projects and difficult subjects, Paul wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed drama Forgiven for Channel 4, listed by The Times as one of the best 50 programmes of the decade. He also wrote, produced and directed the feature-length BBC drama-documentary Hiroshima, which won a BAFTA and an International Emmy.

Specialities: Intense performances. Visual flair. Working with international teams. Factual-based drama. Action set-pieces.

Paul has recently directed on series eight of Doctor Who and directed the 2014 Christmas special which got 6.3m viewers when it went out on Christmas Day. He directed the final block of A.D. The Bible Continues for Lightworkers Media and NBC, and will go on to direct the second series of Indian Summers for New Pictures and Channel 4.

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TV

Director

Producer Gina Cronk and Jonathan Curling
Starring
  • Richard Coyle
  • Chipo Chung
  • Adam Levy
  • Vincent Regan
  • Joanne Whalley
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    Drama

    Lightworkers Media for NBC
     
    Producer Paul Frift
    Starring
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Jenna Coleman
  • Natalie Gumede
  • Michael Troughton
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    Christmas special

    BBC Drama for BBC1
     
    Producer Peter Bennett
    Starring
  • Samuel Anderson
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Jenna Coleman
  • Ellis George
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    Long-running series 

    BBC Drama for BBC1
     
    Producer Chris Thompson, Michael Casey
    Writer John Simpson
     

    Series four of the action series

    Leftbank Pictures for Sky / Cinemax / HBO
     
    Producer Lee Morris, Julie Gardner
    Writer David S Goyer, Joe Ahearne, Brian Nelson
     

    Drama series

    Tonto Films for BBC America / Starz
     
    Producer Chris Clough, Michael Casey
    Writer James Dormer
     

    Third season of the action-packed drama

    Left Bank Pictures for Sky / Cinemax / HBO
     
    Producer Sue de Beauvoir, Michael Casey
    Writer Simon Burke
     

    Second season of the action series

    Left Bank Pictures for Sky / Cinemax / HBO
     
    Producer Richard Stokes
     
    Long-running police procedural and legal drama series.
    Kudos for ITV
     
    Producer Ruth Kenley Letts
    Writer Michael Crompton
     

    Long-running series

    BBC for BBC1
     
    Producer Jolyon Symonds
     
    LaPlante for ITV
     

    Writer & Director

    Forgiven
    RTS Award for Best Editing Drama
    Producer Judy Counihan and Jules Hussey
     
    Award-winning factual drama exploring the fall out when a housewife discovers her husband has been abusing their eldest daughter.
    Betty for Channel 4
     

    Director & Producer

    Writer Robin Mukherjee
     
    Lime Pictures for CBBC
     

    Writer & Director & Producer

     
    Dramadoc exploring the psychology of high-functioning alcoholics in the workplace
    Betty for Channel 4
     
    Hiroshima
    International Emmy Award for Best Documentary and BAFTA Award for Best Visual Effects
     
    Award-winning drama documentary exploring the after effects of the atomic bomb.
    BBC for BBC
     
     
    Darlow Smithson for Channel 4
     
     
    CBBC for CBBC
     

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