Paul King (director)

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Paul King
Born Paul Thomas King
1978 (age 37–38)
Occupation Writer, director
Years active 1999–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 Paddington, he was nominated for two BAFTA Film Awards.


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".

Paul King is also the director for 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 also co-wrote and directed the 2014 comedy film Paddington.[5]


Year Title Notes
2004-2007 "The Mighty Boosh" TV Series Director
2009 Bunny and the Bull Director, writer
2014 Paddington Director, writer
2017 Paddington 2[6] Director, writer
TBA Meet The Beatles[7] Director


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