SJ Clarkson

Director for film and television
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Biography

SJ Clarkson is a television director who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic on some of the most high profile shows of recent years. This year she directed the opening pilot, of Dig, written by Tim Kring and Homeland creator, Gideon Raff. The series follows an FBI agent, played by Jason Issacs, who must find a religious artefact that could change the course of history.

Previously SJ directed the opening block of BBC/HBO series Hunted, starring Melissa George for Kudos Film and Television. Subsequently, SJ directed two episodes of Alan Ball's new series Banshee for HBO/Cinemax. She then directed an adaptation of Nigel Slater's biography Toast for the BBC and Ruby Films, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Freddy Highmore, Ken Stott and Victoria Hamilton.

Prior to this SJ co-created and directed the opening block of the hit BBC series Mistresses, which was picked up by Lifetime in the US. She also directed both the opening and the closing blocks of Series 2 of the BAFTA and Emmy-winning show Life on Mars and Series 1 of Whitechapel for Carnival/ITV.

SJ also completed a second block of Dexter, the Emmy award winning US show about a criminal pathologist's double life as a serial killer. SJ has also directed Buena Vista's celebrated series Ugly Betty; two episodes of NBC's popular series, Heroes and medical drama House starring Hugh Laurie. SJ directed a block of Smash for NBC and Bates Motel for Universal Television.  She also directed an episode of US version of The Bridge for Shine America/FX, Orange is the New Black for Netflix, Hostages, starring Toni Colette, for CBS and Turn for AMC, set during the American Revolution and starring Jamie Bell.


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Director

Creator Gideon Raff
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
    In post production
     
    Creator Alexander Rose
    Writer Craig Silverstein
    Starring
  • Jamie Bell
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    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
     
    Creator Alon Aranya, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir
    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
     
     

    Female prison drama. Follows the story of inmate who is imprisoned for 15 months after smuggling drug money for a friend.

    Lionsgate for Netflix
     
    Starring
  • Diane Kruger
  • Demian Bichir
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    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
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    An ex-convict and master thief assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.
    Cinemax for HBO
    In development
     
    Smash
    1 x 45
    Creator Theresa Rebeck
    Starring
  • Debra Messing
  • Brian D'Arcy James
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Katharine McPhee
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    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
     
    Producer Justis Greene
    Starring
  • Kerry Ehrin
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    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
     
    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    ABC Studios for Buena Vista Television
     
    Producer Marcus Wilson
    Starring
  • Phil Daniels
  • Johnny Harris
  • Alex Jennings
  • Steve Pemberton
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1
     
    Producer Claire Parker
    Starring
  • Dean Andrews
  • Philip Glenister
  • Marshall Lancaster
  • John Simm
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    SJ directed two episodes of the first series of the cult BBC1 time travelling police drama
    Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1