Paul King (director)

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Paul King
Paul Thomas King

1978 (age 41–42)
OccupationWriter, director
Years active1999–present

Paul King (born 1978) is a British writer and director. He works in television, film and theatre, and specialises in comedy. For his work on the family comedy film Paddington (2014), he was nominated for two BAFTA Film Awards. He returned to direct and co-write the sequel, Paddington 2 (2017).


King graduated from St Catharine's College, Cambridge University with first-class honours in English in 1999.[1] While at Cambridge he met Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness and Alice Lowe, and went on to direct them at the Edinburgh Festival in "Garth Marenghi's FrightKnight" (nominated for the Perrier Award in 2000), and "Netherhead" (Perrier Award winner 2001). King worked as Associate Director on the subsequent TV transfer, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, a six-part series for Channel 4. In 2002, King garnered another Perrier Award nomination for directing Noel Fielding's Edinburgh Festival show, "Voodoo Hedgehog".

King is also the director of BBC's The Mighty Boosh.[2] He has directed all three series (earning a BAFTA nomination as Best New Director in 2004[3]), as well as their live tour shows in 2006 and 2008. King was originally brought in after the director of the pilot, Steve Bendelack, was unavailable to direct the first series. He also directed Matt Lucas and David Walliams' 2011 airport mockumentary Come Fly With Me.

King wrote his first feature film, Bunny and the Bull, in 2009, which he also directed. The film stars Simon Farnaby and Edward Hogg, with cameos from Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade and Julian Barratt.[4]

King's follow-up feature was the book-to-screen adaptation Paddington (2014), which he directed and co-wrote with Hamish McColl.[5][6] The film was a critical and commercial success,[7][8] earning King nominations for both the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best British Film (shared with the film's producer David Heyman).[9]

The positive reception for Paddington resulted in the green-lighting of a sequel. King returned to direct and write Paddington 2 (2017). The film received a theatrical release on 10 November 2017 in the U.K.[10] and 12 January 2018 in the U.S.[11] King's upcoming projects include a film about the origins of Willy Wonka.[12]


Year Title Notes
2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Associate director, 6 episodes
2004–2007 The Mighty Boosh Director, 20 episodes
2007 Dogface Director and writer, 5 episodes
2009 Bunny and the Bull Director and writer
2009 The Mighty Boosh Live: Future Sailors Tour Director, live show
2010–2011 Come Fly with Me Director, 6 episodes
2011 Little Crackers Director, 2 episodes
2014 Paddington Director and writer
2017 Paddington 2[13]
TBA Meet the Beatles[14] Director


  1. ^ Congregations of the Regent House on 25 and 26 June 1999
  2. ^ The Mighty Boosh production team BBC: 10 October 2007
  3. ^ BAFTA nominations 2004
  4. ^ Bunny and the Bull on IMDb
  5. ^ Singh, Anita (14 May 2012). "David Heyman: Paddington Bear is a story about an outsider finding a home". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  6. ^ Jacob, Stolworthy. "Paddington 2 recruits Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson as filming begins". The Independent. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Paddington (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Paddington (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Film in 2015". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  10. ^ Keslassy, Elsa. "Studiocanal Signs Licensing Deals Ahead of 'Paddington 2' Release". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  11. ^ Busch, Anita. "TWC Schedules 'Paddington 2' For Wide Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (12 February 2018). "'Paddington' Director Paul King in Talks for 'Willy Wonka' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter.
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