Andy Goddard

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Andy Goddard
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
Pembroke Dock, Wales
Occupation
  • Director
  • screenwriter
Years active 1997–present

Andy Goddard (born 1968) is a British director and screenwriter, best known for writing and directing his feature debut Set Fire to the Stars (2014), and directing multiple episodes of ITV's period drama series Downton Abbey.

Life and career[edit]

Goddard was born in Pembroke Dock, Wales and grew up on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. He later studied film, photography and television at Napier University in Edinburgh.

Goddard's debut short Little Sisters was nominated for a BAFTA Award and won the Gold Hugo Award for Best Narrative Short Film at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival. The film went on to win the DM Davies Award at the Welsh International Film Festival and the Grand Prix in European Competition at Festival du film de Vendôme.

His television work includes episodes of The Bill, Once Upon a Time, Torchwood, Law & Order: UK, Downton Abbey, and Doctor Who. In 2014, Goddard collaborated with actor Celyn Jones on Set Fire to the Stars, a feature-length film depicting Dylan Thomas' first trip to America in 1950.[1] Jones portrayed the Welsh poet, opposite Elijah Wood, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Goddard. The film premiered at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Goddard and Jones were nominated for the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriting. He has directed the upcoming psychological thriller film A Kind of Murder, starring Patrick Wilson, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Blunderer.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Actor
1997 Macbeth No No Yes Messenger 2
1998 Little Sisters Yes Yes No Short film
1999 Yabba Yabba Ding Ding Yes Yes No Short film
2000 Rice Paper Stars Yes Yes No TV short
Kings of the Wild Frontier Yes Yes No TV short
2001 Stacey Stone Yes No No TV series; 7 episodes
2002 TimeSplitters 2 No No Yes Video game; voice only
2003 Taggart Yes No No TV series; 2 episodes
Casualty Yes No No TV series; episode: "Hurt the One You Love"
The Bill Yes No No TV series; 2 episodes
2005 Hex Yes No No TV series; episode: "Noir"
Twisted Tales Yes No No TV series; 4 episodes
Murphy's Law Yes No No TV series; 2 episodes
2006 Wire in the Blood Yes No No TV series; episode: "Time to Murder and Create"
The Outsiders Yes No No Television film
2006–08 Torchwood Yes No No TV series; 6 episodes
2008 Doctor Who Yes No No TV series; episode: "The Next Doctor"
2009–11 Law & Order: UK Yes No No TV series; 10 episodes
2011–12 Downton Abbey Yes No No TV series; 5 episodes
2011 Outcasts Yes No No TV series; 2 episodes
2013 Dracula Yes No No TV series; 2 episodes
Once Upon a Time Yes No No TV series; episode: "Save Henry"
2014 Set Fire to the Stars Yes Yes No
2016 A Kind of Murder Yes No No

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 BAFTA Award Best Short Film (with Nic Muirson) Little Sisters Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo for Best Narrative Short Film Won
2000 Rice Paper Stars Nominated
2010 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form (with Russell T. Davies) Doctor Who (for the episode "The Next Doctor") Nominated
SFX Awards Best TV Episode (with Russell T. Davies) Nominated
2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival Best British Feature Film Set Fire to the Stars Nominated
Audience Award Nominated
2015 BAFTA Cymru Best Screenwriting (with Celyn Jones) Nominated
Miami International Film Festival Best Screenplay (with Celyn Jones) Nominated

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