Hamm in March 2011
December 10, 1957
Belfast, Northern Ireland
In 2015, Hamm began production on The Journey, a fictionalized account of the behind-the-scenes peace brokerage between mortal enemies Ian Paisley and Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness. The film, written by Colin Bateman and starring Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, is an official selection of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and will premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on September 7, 2016.
Early life and background
Nicholas Hamm was born on December 10, 1957 in Belfast, Northern Ireland to parents Marian and Patrick Hamm. He later attended University of Manchester and received his B.A. in English and Philosophy.
Hamm began his career on the London fringe before becoming resident director of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he mainly focused on working with contemporary playwrights, including Howard Barker, Edward Bond and Arthur Miller.
In 1989, Hamm transitioned into film, directing The Bottom Line, a documentary about the crisis of culture, featuring Dustin Hoffman and Arthur Miller. In 1992, Hamm won a BAFTA award for his drama The Harmfulness of Tobacco, starring Edward Fox. In 1996, Hamm directed Talk of Angels (Miramax) starring Polly Walker and Vincent Perez, an epic love story set against the early days of the Spanish Civil War. He then directed the romantic comedy Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, a Film Four and Miramax co-production written by Peter Morgan and starring Joseph Fiennes.
In 2001, Hamm received cult acclaim for directing The Hole, starring Thora Birch and Keira Knightley, in one of her first film roles. Hamm then went on to direct the 2004 thriller Godsend for Lionsgate Films, starring Robert DeNiro, Rebecca Romijn, and Greg Kinnear. In 2011, Hamm partnered with Northern Ireland Screen to direct and produce Killing Bono, distributed in the UK by Paramount Pictures. Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan star as two brothers struggling to forge their path through the 1980's Irish music scene in the shadow of their now famous school friends, U2.
In 2015, Hamm partnered again with Northern Ireland Screen and IM Global to direct The Journey. Screenplay by acclaimed Irish novelist, Colin Bateman, the drama is a fictionalized account of political enemies Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness's real journey to peace and friendship in the 2006 St Andrews Agreement. Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney star as Paisley and McGuiness respectively, joined by Freddie Highmore, John Hurt, Toby Stephens and Ian Beattie. In July of 2016, the film was announced as an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival and premiering worldwide at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on September 7, 2016.
Hamm's work in British television includes Play on One, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Colin Firth for the BBC, and the highly acclaimed series Rik Mayall Presents for Granada, starring Helena Bonham Carter.
In 2010, Hamm formed Momentum TV, a television production company based in the United States. In March 2012, Hamm received a green light to produce and direct Rogue as DirecTV/AT&T's first original series for Audience Network.  Starring BAFTA-award winning actress Thandie Newton as undercover cop Grace Travis, the series follows her quest to bring down a Northern California crime syndicate. In August 2014, Rogue was renewed for two more seasons. As of 2016, the final season of Rogue is in production in Vancouver, Canada.
Hamm also produced and was the showrunner for Full Circle for AT&T's Audience Network. Full Circle, a half-hour drama anthology series, was created by playwright Neil LaBute and inspired by the classic 1920 German play La Ronde. Season one, Full Circle: Los Angeles, starring Minka Kelly, Tom Felton, David Boreanaz, Kate Walsh, Ally Sheedy and Julian McMahon, premiered in 2013. Season two, Full Circle: Chicago, starring Terry O'Quinn, Calista Flockhart, Kate Burton, Chris Bauer, Rita Wilson and Brittany Snow premiered in 2015. Season three was shot in January 2016 with Dougray Scott, Kim Raver, Harold Perrineau, Chris Gorman, Raymond Cruz and Mariana Klaveno starring. The new chapter, entitled Full Circle: Miami, following the dangerous political ramifications of a presidential candidate's sex scandal, premieres in September 2016 on Audience Network.
Filmography as director
- Dancing Queen (1993)
- Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (1998)
- Talk of Angels (1998)
- The Hole (2001)
- Godsend (2004)
- Killing Bono (2011)
- Rogue (2013-2016)
- Full Circle (2013-2016)
- Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight (2014)
- The Journey (2016)
- Nellie Andreeva. "DirecTV Greenlights Original Drama Series 'Rogue', Thandie Newton In Talks To Star". Deadline. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Nellie Andreeva. "'Rogue' Renewed For Seasons 3 & 4 By DirecTV - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 11 May 2015.