Michael Keillor grew up in the Scottish countryside, writing stories and taking photographs while exploring the wonders of the local video store. After Law School, Michael scripted the second instalment of ‘Grand Theft Auto’, the soon to be a multi-million selling global phenomenon, before turning his attention to film.
Michael’s first film screenplay was shortlisted for BBC Fast Forward Features, while his second script ‘Happy Slapz’, secured a commission from Channel 4. Michael directed the resulting film as part of the channel’s new talent ‘Coming Up’ strand, and subsequently launched himself into directing television drama, cutting his teeth on some of Britain’s most popular shows.
Michael received a BAFTA Scotland nomination for the BBC One three-part drama ‘Young James Herriot' with Iain de Caestecker in the eponymous role, and shot the season one finale of Andrew Davies’ ‘Mr Selfridge’ with Jeremy Piven. Since delivering Peter Moffat's BAFTA nominated legal drama 'Silk' with Maxine Peake in 2013, Michael has worked with Jed Mercurio on his ambitious new real time medical drama 'Critical', starring Lennie James, and is currently working on the third series of Mercurio's acclaimed 'Line of Duty'.
Michael continues to develop feature projects while writing and directing his own short films. His most recent commission, the BFI backed 'Liam + Lenka', produced by Ally Gipps at Warp Films, with Iain de Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Katarina Cas (Wolf of Wall Street), premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Michael is currently writing "Liam+Lenka" the feature film.
Michael is also represented by Phil D'Amecourt, Melissa Myers and Ryan Draizin at WME in LA.
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