Michael Keillor grew up in the Scottish countryside, telling stories, taking photographs and watching movies on VHS. After law school, travel and a few years working on set, Michael picked up a camera, wrote down a script and found his feet, writing and directing stories of his own.
A Channel 4 commission and numerous short films led to TV and Michael garnered a Scottish BAFTA Best Director nomination for BBC One drama YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT and a second nomination for the anti-corruption series LINE OF DUTY which earned rave reviews, multiple series award nominations and currently holds the mantel of being the highest rated drama on BBC 2.
Driven by good writing, Michael has worked with Andrew Davies, Peter Moffat, Jed Mercurio and JK Rowling, helping to bring Cormoran Strike, her much loved detective to screen. STRIKE: THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, adapted from the eponymous novel, launched on BBC One to cracking reviews and an enthusiastic audience, before premiering on HBO/Cinemax in 2018.
Most recently Michael has been directing CHIMERICA, a four part Channel 4 adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood’s hit play, which is due to air Spring 2019. Starring Alessandro Nivola, Terry Chen, Cherry Jones, Sophie Okonedo and F. Murray Abraham in a contemporary thriller about Modern China, Trump’s America and the mystery man who stood in front of the Tianamen square tanks.