Paul Unwin - Vice Chair

Paul Unwin is a director and writer who works in theatre, TV and film.

In theatre his work includes being Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic where he directed numerous productions including plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht, Ibsen, many new plays including work by David Pownall, Jeremy Brock and Nick Dear. He directed two European premieres of plays by Arthur Miller. His associate directors included Phyllida Lloyd and Matthew Warchus. Paul has directed at the Young Vic, the Royal Court, the National Theatre, the Gate Theatre Dublin and the Royal Exchange. As a writer his work includes three plays, most recently This Much is True at Theatre 503 London in Autumn 2009.

In TV he has directed much for BBC and ITV including EastEnders, The Bill, The Bare Necessities, Dirty Old Town, Bramwell, Messiah, Kiss of Death, Trial and Retribution, Poirot (Five Little Pigs) and Miss Marple (The Sittaford Mystery). He recently directed episodes of Shameless and the ABC show Combat Hospital.

He co-created with Jeremy Brock and wrote many early episodes of the BBC TV series Casualty and Holby City. Casualty is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, is the world’s longest running medical drama and has won several BAFTAs.

He is currently writing a serial for the BBC/Company Pictures – Razor and a BBC series Breathless.

In film he directed The American for the BBC/WGBH, his short film Syrup was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His recent film Elijah won both the LEO and GEMINI Best Film awards in Canada. One of the projects he has in development is his adaptation of George Simenon’s The Blue Room.