Jon Amiel

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Jon Amiel
Amiel at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival for the premier of Creation
Born (1948-05-20) 20 May 1948 (age 75)
London, England[1]
OccupationFilm director
Years active1977–present

Jon Amiel (born 20 May 1948)[1] is an English director who has worked in film and television in both the UK and the US. After receiving a BAFTA Award nomination for the BBC series The Singing Detective (1986), he went on to direct films, including Sommersby (1993), Copycat (1995), Entrapment (1999),[2] The Core (2003) and Creation (2009).


Amiel was born in London, to parents who grew up in the East End of London.[3] Amiel's grandparents were immigrants Isaac and Mary Amiel – Polish and Russian Jews.[3] He attended William Ellis School in Highgate, before studying English literature at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating in 1969. It was while at Cambridge that he became involved with local theatre, and after college he went on to direct for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

After having worked as a story editor for the BBC, he directed the documentary The Silent Twins, and was chosen to direct the Dennis Potter serial The Singing Detective, for which he was BAFTA nominated. He made his feature film debut in 1989 with Queen of Hearts.

His most notable film is 1993's romantic drama Sommersby, starring Jodie Foster and Richard Gere. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $140 million worldwide.






TV shows[edit]

Year Title Director Executive
1982 BBC2 Playhouse Yes No 2 episodes
1982–1983 Play for Today Yes No 2 episodes
1985 Tandoori Nights Yes No 5 episodes
1986 Screen Two Yes No Episode: "The Silent Twins"
The Singing Detective Yes No Mini-Series
1988 The Storyteller Yes No Episode: "The Luck Child"
2005 Eyes Yes No Episode: "Pilot"
Reunion Yes Yes Episode: "1986"
2007 The Wedding Bells Yes Yes Episode: "For Whom the Bells Toll"
2008 The Tudors Yes No 2 episodes
2012–2013 The Borgias Yes No 4 episodes
2013 Twisted Yes No Episode: "Pilot"
2013–2015 Once Upon a Time Yes No 2 episodes
2014 Halt and Catch Fire Yes No Episode: "Giant"
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Yes No 2 episodes
Hemlock Grove Yes No Episode: "Todos Santos" (Credited as "Jonathan Amiel")
Wicked City Yes No Episode: "Heat Wave"
2015–2016 Aquarius Yes No 2 episodes
2016 Marco Polo Yes No 2 episodes
2016–2017 Outsiders Yes Yes 6 episodes
2017 Ice Yes No Episode: "The Cut"
Wisdom of the Crowd Yes No Episode: "Machine Learning"
2018 Seven Seconds Yes No Mini-series;
Episode: "Matters of Life and Death"
2019 Proven Innocent Yes No Episode: "Shaken"
Carnival Row Yes No 2 episodes
2020 Spinning Out Yes No 2 episodes
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Yes No Episode: "Original Sin"
2021 American Gods Yes No Episode: "A Winter's Tale"
2022 The Cleaning Lady Yes No Episode: "The Lion's Den"
2022 The Walking Dead Yes No 2 episodes

TV movies[edit]

Year Title Director Executive
1977 Dear Janet Rosenberg, Dear Mister Kooning Yes No
1983 Busted Yes No
Romance/Romance Yes No
1985 The Last Evensong Yes No
2014 Deliverance Creek Yes Yes


  • 1987 BAFTA (British Academy Television Award) Nominee for Best Drama Series: The Singing Detective (1986)
  • 1996 Audience Award *Winner* at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier: Copycat
  • 1990 Deauville Film Festival *Winner* of Critics Award and Audience Award: Tune in Tomorrow
  • 1989 Montréal World Film Festival *Winner* of Montréal First Film Prize: Queen of Hearts
  • 1990 Paris Film Festival *Winner* of Grand Prix: Queen of Hearts


  1. ^ a b "Jon Amiel Movies and Filmography". AllMovie. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  2. ^ "BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Pall, Ellen (10 September 1989). "Film; Jon Amiel Tracks Life in the Dreamy Lane". The New York Times. p. 2-19. Retrieved 20 May 2021.

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