Coky Giedroyc

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Coky Giedroyc
Born Mary Rose Helen Giedroyc
1962 (age 54–55)
Hong Kong
  • Film director
  • television director
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Sir Thomas Weyland Bowyer-Smyth, 15th Baronet (m. 1998)
Relatives Mel Giedroyc (sister)
Philip Parham (brother-in-law)

Mary Rose Helen "Coky" Giedroyc, Lady Bowyer-Smyth (/ˈkki ˈɡɛdrɔɪ/; born 1962) is a BAFTA-nominated English director known for her work on Women Talking Dirty, The Virgin Queen, The Nativity and Penny Dreadful. She is the elder sister of actress and presenter Mel Giedroyc.

Personal life[edit]

Giedroyc grew up in Leatherhead, Surrey. Her father is Michal Giedroyc, an historian of Polish-Lithuanian descent from the princely Giedroyć family, who came to England in 1947. She attended Bristol University, where she first began making films.[1] Married to Sir Thomas Weyland Bowyer-Smyth, 15th Baronet, Giedroyc's title is Lady Bowyer-Smyth.


Giedroyc has directed several films, including Women Talking Dirty and Stella Does Tricks; she is best known for her work directing television dramas, which have included Wuthering Heights, The Virgin Queen, Oliver Twist, Fear of Fanny, Carrie's War, and three episodes of Blackpool.

In 2007 she was nominated, with Paula Milne and Paul Rutman, for a Best Drama Serial BAFTA Award for The Virgin Queen. In 2010, her directing work for the BBC television series The Nativity was praised by critics, although the story portrayed some controversial elements that caused debate between Christians due to its modern dramatisations of the birth of Christ.

Giedroyc directed A Study in Pink, originally filmed as a 60-minute pilot for the television series Sherlock, which was written by Steven Moffat. The BBC decided not to broadcast the episode because they wished to change the broadcast length to 90 minutes. However, the pilot was released on the DVD of the first series, and it proved to be slightly different from the final version. She has also directed BBC's The Hour and What Remains.[2] Giedroyc directed two episodes of the 2014 Showtime horror television series Penny Dreadful.[3][4]

On 12 August 2014, Deadline reported that Giedroyc would direct the upcoming biopic Mary Shelley's Monster. The film starred Sophie Turner as the famed Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, Taissa Farmiga as Shelley's stepsister Claire Clairmont, and Jeremy Irvine as Shelley's husband Percy Bysshe Shelley.[5] The film has been described as "a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger."[6][7]

On 20 December 2015, Giedroyc directed the live television production of The Sound Of Music, starring Kara Tointon as Maria, and her sister Mel Giedroyc as Frau Schmidt. The two-and-a-half-hour ITV transmission was the first musical to be broadcast live on national television in the UK, and had a cast and crew of more than 400 and 177 costumes.[8]



Year Title Notes
1996 Stella Does Tricks
1999 Women Talking Dirty
2016 Mary Shelley's Monster Pre-production


Year Title Notes
1990 The Media Show Episode: "DIY Media"
1992 TV Hell TV special
1992 Rock Bottom TV film
1995 Aristophanes: The Gods Are Laughing TV film
1996–99 Murder Most Horrid 3 episodes
2000–02 Silent Witness 3 episodes
2001–03 Murder in Mind 2 episodes
2002 Helen West Episode: "Shadow Play"
2004 Carrie's War TV film
2004 William and Mary 2 episodes
2004 Blackpool 3 episodes
2006 The Virgin Queen 2 episodes
2006 Fear of Fanny TV film
2007 Oliver Twist 5 episodes
2009 Wuthering Heights 2 episodes
2010 Sherlock Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2010 The Nativity 4 episodes
2011 The Hour 2 episodes
2013 Spies of Warsaw 4 episodes
2013 What Remains 4 episodes
2014 Penny Dreadful 2 episodes
2014 The Killing Episode: "Truth Asunder"
2014 Reckless Episode: "Fifty-One Percent"
2017 Gypsy


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