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SJ Clarkson

director

SJ is an accomplished director working in both the UK and US. She most recently directed and Exec Produced Collateral for BBC Two, written by David Hare and starring Carey Mulligan. She also directed and Exec Produced the opening episodes 1 & 2 of Marvel’s The Defenders which has launched on Netflix.

Prior to this SJ directed and Exec Produced the first two episodes of Netflix’s Jessica Jones for Marvel. Variety said of the show “(It’s) not just a contender for the title Best Marvel-related TV Property; in a supremely crowded TV scene, it is one of the year’s most distinctive new dramas.”
SJ directed episode 4 of HBO’s Vinyl, which was EP’d by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. She has also directed and Exec Produced Nick Hornby’s 5 part adaptation of Love Nina for See-Saw Films and BBC/Weinstein Company starring Helena Bonham Carter. The show premiered at the Berlin Film festival.
Prior to that she directed the pilot of USA’s action adventure event series, Dig, for Keshet which starred Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche and was written and Executive Produced by Gideon Raff (Homeland, Tyrant). She directed Frank Spotnitz’s pilot Hunted for BBC/HBO Cinemax, which Kudos/Shine executive produced and starred Melissa George.
SJ has directed episodes of Turn (AMC series from Craig Silverstein/Barry Josephson starring Jamie Bell), The Bridge, Hostages, Orange is the New Black, Smash, Bates Motel, Heroes, Dexter, Ugly Betty, House and Alan Ball’s HBO/Cinemax series Banshee. SJ has worked extensively on the BAFTA and International Emmy Award winning show Life on Mars as well as on the acclaimed series Hustle. She co-created Mistresses for BBC/ ECOSSE in the UK and directed the opening run of the UK episodes. She directed the feature Toast for Ruby Films / BBC which is based on the best-selling, autobiographical novel by renowned food writer and chef Nigel Slater and written by Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall, which starred Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.
The Guardian named her one of the top 50 most powerful women in film and television in 2012.