Alrick Riley

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Alrick Riley
Born1964 (age 54–55)
Other namesAlrich Riley
OccupationTelevision director, writer, former child actor
Years active1975–present

Alrick Riley (born 1964) is a BAFTA award-winning English television director and writer, and former child actor.

He is well known for his work on the British series Spooks (known as MI-5 in some countries) and Hustle; along with his more recent work on the American fairytale drama Once Upon a Time.

Life and career[edit]

Riley was born in London, England. A shy lad, his Jamaican parents "made" him go to an acting club as a young child to force him "out of himself". He began his career as a child actor at the age of eleven on the British series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, as a featured extra. He went on to work as an actor on several series, such as: Johnny Jarvis and Me and My Girl, as well as in the 1979 film Scum.[1] After graduating grade school, he knew he no longer wanted to act, but "definitely wanted to stay in the business." He and a friend bought an 8mm camera, and he discovered his passion for direction. Riley's mother was initially against his pursuit of directing, in favour of theatre arts. She was concerned that he wouldn't be able to be successful as a pioneering black television director. He attended West Midlands University, before attending the prestigious National Film & Television School. Two short film's he directed while at the school, Money Talk and Concrete Garden, went on to be screened at multiple international film festivals. Riley credits Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola as notable inspirations, but accredits his love of film to Charles Burnett.[2] In 2007, Riley co-founded, with Louise Decoteau, the production company Cinnamon Films.[3]

Riley has gone on to have an illustrious career in television direction in both the United Kingdom and United States. He's helmed episodes of Playing the Field, Stanton Blues, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Hotel Babylon, Silent Witness, Boy Meets Girl, Ashes to Ashes, Bedlam, Spooks, Hustle, Hunted, Death in Paradise, Perception, Castle, NCIS, Legends, NCIS: New Orleans, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, Tyrant and Once Upon a Time.[4]

He won a BAFTA award for his work on the UK series The Cops, he shared the award with Eric Coulter and Harry Bradbeer. His winning of the prestigious honour marked the first time in the history of the assembly that a black man was recognized. He has since participated on the juries of the organization, educating others in film and television making.[3]

Select filmography[edit]


Year Show Season Episode title Episode Credit
1998—2001 Stanton Blues 1 N/A 4 Director
2 4
3 3
2009 Boy Meets Girl 1 1
2011 Bedlam 1 "Inmates" 3
"Committed" 5
"Burning Man" 6
2004—2011 Spooks 3 N/A 9
4 3
6 9
8 1
10 1
2005—2012 Hustle 2 "The Lesson" 3
"Missions" 4
4 "Big Daddy Calling" 6
8 "Gold Finger" 1
"Ding Dong That's My Song" 5
"The Con is Off" 6
2014 Perception 3 "Bolero" 7
"Prologue" 8
Intelligence 1 "The Rescue" 5
"Size Matters" 7
Graceland 2 "The Ends" 8
Castle 7 "Montreal" 2
"Once Upon a Time in the West" 7
2014—2016 Once Upon a Time 4 "Breaking Glass" 5
5 "The Broken Kingdom" 4
"Devil's Due" 14
6 "Strange Case" 4
2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 15 "Under My Skin" 17
Revenge 4 "Retaliation" 16
Legends 2 "The Legends of Curtis Ballard" 3
"The Legend of Ilyana Zakayeva" 4
2015—2018 NCIS 12 "Check" 11
2015—2016 13 "Loose Cannons" 16
14 "Home of the Brave" 7
NCIS: New Orleans 1 "You'll Do" 21
2 "Means to an End" 19
Person of Interest 4 "Terra Incognita" 20
5 "A More Perfect Union" 6
2016 Wayward Pines 2 "Sound the Alarm" 5
Dead of Summer 1 "Home Sweet Home" 9
Tyrant 3 "Ask for the Earth" 8
2016—2017 The Walking Dead 6 "Twice as Far" 14
7 "The Cell" 3
"Bury Me Here" 13
2017-2018 Lucifer 2 "A Good Day to Die" 13
"Let Pinhead Sing!" 17
2018 Bull 2 "A Redemption" 19
The Crossing 1 "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream" 7
2019 How to Get Away with Murder 5 "Be the Martyr" 11
The Good Doctor 2 "Believe" 16
3 "SFAD" 7
S.W.A.T. 2 "Day of Dread" 21
3 "Funny Money" 48
Blood & Treasure 1 "The Curse of Cleopatra, Parts I & II" 1-2
"Code of the Hawaladar" 3


  1. ^ "Alrick Riley". The British Blacklist. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Alrick Riley Director of Spooks, Hustle, and the new Walter Tull movie". YouTube. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "About us". Cinnamon Productions. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Alrick Riley". Retrieved 9 April 2016.

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