Jim Field Smith is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated director, writer and producer based in London. He is the co-founder, with George Kay, of the TV production company Idiotlamp.
He directed the major motion picture SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE for Dreamworks / Paramount, starring Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve, which opened worldwide in Spring 2010. Subsequently he directed the satirical comedy BUTTER, starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011 and went on to a theatrical release in 2012.
In the first half of 2018, Jim has been in Fiji serving as the lead director and consulting producer on WRECKED for TBS.
In 2017 he directed “Passenger”, the third instalment in Series V of ENDEAVOUR for Mammoth Screen/ITV. He directed two successful pilots: DEFENDING THE GUILTY, which has been commissioned to series by BBC2, and on which he also serves as Executive Producer; and HOME, written by and starring Rufus Jones, which has been commissioned to series by Channel 4.
His previous television credits include STAG – the black comedy thriller which he created and wrote with George Kay, and which they produced for the BBC in association with their own company Idiotlamp. It aired on BBC2 in early 2016.
Prior to that, he directed and produced both seasons of THE WRONG MANS, for the BBC / Hulu, an ambitious comedy thriller written by and starring James Corden and Mathew Baynton. The show received several BAFTA nominations including Best Scripted Comedy in 2015, and winning an RTS Award, amongst others. Jim is currently attached to direct and Executive Produce the US version of the show, being produced by JJ Abrams’ company Bad Robot for Showtime.
In 2012/2013, Jim directed the second season of EPISODES for BBC / Showtime, which received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for the show and its star Matt LeBlanc.
His 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 has appeared in several British TV comedy shows, including COUPLING, THE ROBINSONS, MY LIFE IN FILM and SNUFFBOX, as well as numerous commercials and voiceovers.
In a previous life, 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 graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2001 with a degree in Politics and International Studies.
He is a member of the DGA, WGA and Directors UK.