SJ Clarkson

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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.
In 2011/2012 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.

In 2010 SJ 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.
Previously 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.

In 2011 SJ 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. In 2012 SJ directed a block of Smash for NBC and Bates Motel for Universal Television. 2013 saw SJ direct 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.

This year she is set to helm the opener on pilot, 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.


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Dig 2014
In post production
Creator Gideon Raff
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Gideon Raff, Tim Kring
Starring Jason Issacs & Anne Heche

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.

Turn 2014
Creator Alexander Rose
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Craig Silverstein
Starring Jamie Bell

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.

Hostages 2013
Jerry Bruckheimer/Warner Bros for CBS
Creator Alon Aranya, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir
Director SJ Clarkson
Starring Toni Colette & Dylan McDermott

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.

Lionsgate for Netflix
Director SJ Clarkson

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

The Bridge 2013
FX Productions and Shine America for FX
Director SJ Clarkson
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.

Banshee 2 x 60
Apr 2012
Cinemax for HBO
In development
Creator Alan Ball
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler
Starring Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto & Trieste Kelly Dunn

An ex-convict and master thief assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.

Smash 1 x 45
Oct 2012
Universal Media Studios/Dreamworks Television for NBC
Creator Theresa Rebeck
Director SJ Clarkson
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.

Bates Motel 1 x 60
Nov 2012
Universal Television for A&E
In development
Producer Justis Greene
Director SJ Clarkson
Starring Kerry Ehrin

Inspired byAlfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Bates Motel tells the life of Norman and Norma Bates prior to movie.

Hunted 2 x 60
Dec 2011
Kudos for BBC One/HBO
In development
Creator Frank Spotnitz
Producer Alison Jackson
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Frank Spotnitz
Starring Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Oscar Kennedy & Stephen Dellane

BBC suspense thriller set in the world of international espionage.

Dexter 2 x 60
Jul 2011
Clyde Phillips Productions / The Colleton Company for Showtime
Producer Robert Lloyd Lewis
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Tim Schlattmann & Scott Reynolds
Starring Michael C Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington & CS Lee

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.

House M.D.: Series 7, Episode 14 1 x 60'
Nov 2010
Heel & Toe Films for Fox
Director SJ Clarkson
Starring Hugh Laurie & Robert Sean Leonard

Directed an episode of season 7 of the hit US medical drama

Direct Red 4 x 60'
Ruby Films for ITV
In Development
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Nicole Taylor

New four part adaptation of Gabriel Weston's memoir of being a female surgeon

Toast 1 x 90'
Ruby Films for BBC 1
Producer Faye Ward
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Lee Hall
Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Victoria Hamilton, Freddie Highmore, Oscar Kennedy & Ken Stott

Adaptation of Nigel Slater's autobiographical novel for BBC1

Dexter 1 x 60'
Clyde Phillips Productions / The Colleton Company for Showtime
Producer Tim Schlattman
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Scot Buck & Lauren Gussis
Starring Michael C Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington & CS Lee

SJ directed an episode of season 4 of the hit US crime drama about the serial killer criminal pathologist.

Tailwind Productions for NBC
Producer Lori Motyer
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Joe Pokaski
Starring Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Cristine Rose & Milo Ventimiglia

Episode 5 of Season 4 of the US fantasy superhero drama

Tailwind Productions for NBC
Producer Lori Motyer
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Mark Verheiden & Misha Green
Starring Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Robert Knepper, Ali Larter & Hayden Panettiere

Episode 17 of Season 4 of the hit US drama superhero drama

Ugly Betty 1 x 60'
ABC Studios for Buena Vista Television
Producer Richard Heus
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Chris Black & David Grubstick
Starring America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz & Tony Plana

Whitechapel 3 x 60'
Carnival Films for ITV
Producer Marcus Wilson
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Ben Court & Caroline Ip
Starring Phil Daniels, Johnny Harris, Alex Jennings, Steve Pemberton & Rupert Penry-Jones

Three part thriller about a Jack the Ripper copycat killer for ITV

Mistresses 2007
Ecosse Films for BBC
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Richard Warlow
Starring Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Orla Brady & Shelley Conn

Life On Mars II 8 x 60'
Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1
Director SJ Clarkson
Starring Dean Andrews, Philip Glenister, Marshall Lancaster, John Simm & Liz White

Second series of the award winning, time travelling police drama

Hustle 6 x 60'
Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1
Producer Lucy Robinson
Director SJ Clarkson
Writer Tony Jordan
Starring Robert Glenister, Adrian Lester, Jaime Murray, Robert Vaughan & Marc Warren

Life On Mars I 8 x 60'
Kudos Film and Television Ltd for BBC 1
Producer Claire Parker
Director SJ Clarkson
Starring Dean Andrews, Philip Glenister, Marshall Lancaster, John Simm & Liz White

SJ directed two episodes of the first series of the cult BBC1 time travelling police drama