Paul McGuigan (filmmaker)

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Paul McGuigan
Paul McGuigan at the premiere of Push.jpg
McGuigan at the premiere of Push, January 2009
Born (1963-09-19) 19 September 1963 (age 58)
Bellshill, Scotland
OccupationFilm and television director
Years active1998–present

Paul McGuigan (born 19 September 1963) is a Scottish film and television director, best known for directing films such as Lucky Number Slevin, Gangster No. 1 and Push. He has also directed episodes of Sherlock, Scandal, Monroe and Smash. He was born in Bellshill Maternity Hospital, Scotland.[1]



Year Title Notes
2010 Sherlock 2 episodes: "A Study in Pink" and "The Great Game"
2011 Monroe 3 episodes
2012 Scandal "Sweet Baby"
Sherlock 2 episodes: "A Scandal in Belgravia" and "The Hounds of Baskerville"[2]
Smash "Hell on Earth"[3]
2013 Devious Maids "Pilot"
Lucky 7 "Pilot"
2016 The Family 3 episodes: "Pilot", "All the Live Long Day" & "What Took So Long"
Marvel's Luke Cage 2 episodes: "Moment of Truth" & "Code of the Streets"
Designated Survivor "Pilot"
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World "Pilot"
2019 Carnival Row "Some Dark God Wakes"
2019–20 Emergence 3 episodes: "Pilot", "Where You Belong" & "Killshot Prt. 2"
2020 Dracula "The Dark Compass"
Big Sky 2 episodes: "Pilot" & "Nowhere to Run"
2022 Inside Man Miniseries, 4 episodes[4]


Year Awarded by Award
1998 Royal Television Society
  • Won, Best Newcomer Award, The Granton Star Cause
Stockholm Film Festival
  • Won, FIPRESCI Prize, The Acid House (For its originality in presenting a crass Scottish everyday world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic light, very true to its author and its adventurous visual style.)
  • Nominated, Bronze Horse, The Acid House
1999 Fantasporto
  • Won, AMC Audience Award and Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver, The Acid House
  • Nominated, International Fantasy Film Award, The Acid House
Catalan International Film Festival
  • Nominated, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Gold, The Acid House
New York Underground Film Festival
2000 AFI Fest
Dinard Festival of British Cinema
European Film Awards
2004 Montréal World Film Festival
2012 Primetime Emmy Award


  1. ^ "Maternity staff reunion just the start". Motherwell Times. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ "BBC One's BAFTA-nominated Sherlock begins filming second series" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  3. ^ FULLY BOOKED: Mastering Your Craft: Directing with Paul McGuigan, BAFTA, 3 May 2012, archived from the original on 14 April 2013, retrieved 23 May 2012
  4. ^ "Stellar cast confirmed for major new Steven Moffat drama Inside Man, for BBC One and Netflix".
  5. ^ "Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries Movie Or A Dramatic Special Nominees / Winners 2012". Television Academy. Retrieved 28 July 2021.

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