Jim Field Smith is a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated director, writer and producer, and the co-founder, with George Kay, of the production company Idiotlamp. They are the creators and producers of the Netflix original drama series CRIMINAL and the forthcoming Apple TV+ series HIJACK which Jim is currently directing, starring Idris Elba.
He most recently completed the mini-series LITVINENKO, George Kay’s dramatisation of the 2006 poisoning of the titular former FSB spy (played by David Tennant), the subsequent investigation and public inquiry. He directed the series as well as serving as executive producer. It will air on ITV in 2022.
Previously Jim directed and executive produced both seasons of the International Emmy-nominated CRIMINAL for Netflix (with guest stars including David Tennant, Kit Harrington, and BAFTA nominated performances from Sophie Okonedo and Kunal Nayyar). He also directed and executive produced the Amazon Prime series TRUTH SEEKERS, co-created by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Jim co-wrote, produced and directed the BBC series STAG. Prior to that he produced and directed both seasons of THE WRONG MANS for BBC/Hulu, nominated for three BAFTAs and winning an RTS Award. Jim is the originating director and executive producer of DEFENDING THE GUILTY (Big Talk for BBC), and also directed the pilot for the Channel 4 series HOME. His other TV directing credits include WRECKED (TBS), EPISODES (Showtime/BBC), and ENDEAVOUR (ITV/PBS).
Jim’s film directing credits include the major motion picture SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE for Dreamworks / Paramount, starring Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve, and the satirical comedy BUTTER, starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde.
Writing credits include the aforementioned STAG, co-written with George Kay; he contributed several episodes, co-written with Rufus Jones, to the cult adult puppet show FUR TV for MTV, and also wrote two series of his own BBC Radio 4 sitcom DEEP TROUBLE, which he co-created and performed with Ben Willbond. As an actor, he appeared in several British TV comedy shows, including COUPLING, THE ROBINSONS, MY LIFE IN FILM and SNUFFBOX. Jim wrote and performed with sketch group Dutch Elm Conservatoire, who were nominated for the Perrier Award in 2005 and staged sell-out shows in Edinburgh, the West End and a national tour.
Jim is a member of the DGA, WGA, BAFTA and Directors UK.