Paul
Wilmshurst

Award-winning drama director

Drawn to formal challenges, ambitious projects and difficult subjects, Paul started his career in documentary and has evolved into a director equally at home working on period works, in contemporary worlds and handling science fiction/fantasy - both on large-scale and intimate productions.

In the vastly popular final season of The Last Kingdom for Netflix/Carnival Films he directed three episodes, managing the emotional deaths of well-loved characters and an epic Ice Battle staged at dawn in a tented camp on the banks of a frozen lake. He also directed the final four episodes of Indian Summers for New Pictures/Channel 4, as well as shooting five seasons of the of the ground-breaking action-adventure series Strike Back for Left Bank Pictures and Sky/HBO/Cinemax, working in South Africa, Hungary, Malaysia and Croatia. 

Through these experiences Paul has developed the technical skills and experience to manage complex and epic set-pieces (battles, bank heists, riots, sieges, train robberies, multiple shoot-outs and explosions) as well as more intimate and emotional material.

Paul enjoyed directing on series eight of Doctor Who, including fan favourite episode “Mummy on the Orient Express” and the 2014 Christmas special starring Nick Frost as Santa Claus on a polar base invaded by alien dream crabs, which got 6.3m viewers when it went out on Christmas Day. He also directed the final block of A.D. The Bible Continues in Morocco for Lightworkers Media/NBC, worked on two series of Sky's Jamestown for Carnival Films in Budapest, and shot two episodes of the David S. Goyer-scripted historical fantasy Da Vinci’s Demons in Swansea for StarZ and BBC America.

Paul wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed drama Forgiven for Channel 4, which covered the difficult subject of child abuse and rehabilitation, listed by The Times as one of the best 50 programmes of its decade, whose lead actress Lucy Cohu won an International Emmy for her performance. He also wrote, produced and directed the feature-length BBC drama documentary Hiroshima, which won a BAFTA and an International Emmy, and has been on Netflix ever since. Paul always brings a committed, intelligent and passionate approach to his work. 

CV

Television

Director 

Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of Series 5.

Carnival Film & Television for Netflix

Action series

Left Bank Pictures for SKY, Cinemax
Producer Sue de Beauvoir

Drama series

Carnival for Sky 1
Jamestown
8 x 60'
Creator Bill Gallagher
Producer Sue de Beauvoir

Drama series

Carnival Film and Television for Sky 1
Producer Dan Winch

Drama

New Pictures for Channel 4
Producer Gina Cronk and Jonathan Curling
Starring
  • Richard Coyle
  • Chipo Chung
  • Adam Levy
  • Vincent Regan
  • Joanne Whalley
  • Drama

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

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

    All this happened in what we can chalk up as another rollicking good adventure in its own right

    Dan Martin
    Guardian on Doctor Who series 8

    Brilliant. We may as well get to the point quickly. Kill The Moon is brilliant

    Simon Brew
    Den of Geek on Doctor Who series 8

    Kill the Moon was an excellent example of Doctor Who reaching out to different generations, something it hasn’t always done in recent weeks. ****

    Ben Lawrence
    The Telegraph on Doctor Who series 8