S. J. Clarkson

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S. J. Clarkson
S. J. Clarkson at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Occupation(s)Film director, television director
Years active1999–present

S. J. Clarkson (born 1974) is a British television and film director.[1][2][3][4]


Clarkson's credits include the series Doctors, Casualty, EastEnders, Footballers' Wives, and Life on Mars, as well as the American series Heroes, House, Dexter, and Ugly Betty. In 2008, she co-created the British series Mistresses.

In 2019, a prequel show to Game of Thrones was announced for HBO with Clarkson attached to direct and executive produce the pilot, in addition to being involved in the creation of the series.[5][6] The show, reportedly entitled Bloodmoon, took place 5,000 years before the main series and starred Naomi Watts in the lead role. The pilot had reportedly been shot, but the show was subsequently shelved at HBO in late 2019.[7][8]

In film, Clarkson directed the Helena Bonham Carter led film Toast, releasing on BBC One in 2010. In May 2020, Clarkson was hired to direct an untitled Sony Spider-Man Universe female-centric superhero film.[9] The title was revealed to be Madame Web, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, and starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney.[10]

Selected filmography[edit]



Year Title Notes
1999 Bad Girls 2 episodes
2001–04 Doctors 37 episodes
2002 A Week in the West End Also producer
2003–05 Casualty 4 episodes
2004 EastEnders 8 episodes
2005 Footballers' Wives 2 episodes
2006 Hustle 2 episodes
2006–07 Life on Mars 6 episodes
2008 Mistresses 16 episodes
2009 Whitechapel 3 episodes
2009–10 Heroes Episodes "Hysterical Blindness" and "The Art of Deception"
2009–11 Dexter Episodes "Hello, Dexter Morgan", "Once Upon a Time" and "The Angel of Death"
2010 Ugly Betty Episode "The Passion of the Betty"
2011 House Episode "Recession Proof"
2012 Hunted 2 episodes
Banshee Episodes "The Rave" and "The Kindred"
2013 Smash Episode "The Surprise Party"
Bates Motel Episode "The Man in Number 9"
The Bridge Episode "All About Eva"
2014 Turn: Washington's Spies Episode "Of Cabbages and Kings"
Orange Is the New Black Episode "40 Oz. of Furlough"
2015 Jessica Jones 2 episodes
2016 Vinyl Episode "The Racket"
2017 The Defenders 2 episodes
2018 Collateral 4 episodes
2018 Succession Episode "Prague"
2022 Anatomy of a Scandal 6 episodes


  1. ^ Kroll, Justin (2018-04-26). "'Star Trek 4': S.J. Clarkson Becomes the First Female Director in Franchise's History (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  2. ^ Biswas, Srabani (2022-04-15). "'Anatomy of a Scandal': Contrary to the Series' Theme, Rupert Friend Describes Working With Naomi Scott, Sienna Miller, SJ Clarkson, and Others as Being "A kid on Christmas"". Netflix Junkie. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  3. ^ Riesman, Abraham (2017-08-21). "How Defenders Director S.J. Clarkson Filmed an Understated Earthquake". Vulture. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  4. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (2017-08-17). "'Marvel's The Defenders': How One Director Overcame the Challenge of Uniting Four Very Different Series". IndieWire. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  5. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (2019-01-09). "Why S.J. Clarkson Is Perfect to Direct the 'Game of Thrones' Prequel". IndieWire. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (2019-01-08). "'Game of Thrones' Prequel Rounds Out Main Cast, SJ Clarkson to Direct". Variety. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  7. ^ Martin, George R.R. (September 16, 2019). "I Could Tell You…". Not a Blog. Archived from the original on April 16, 2020. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Wigler, Josh; Lesley, Goldberg (October 29, 2019). "'Game of Thrones': Naomi Watts-Led Prequel Dead at HBO". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Archived from the original on May 20, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (2020-05-20). "Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2022-12-22.
  10. ^ ANI (2022-09-17). "Dakota Johnson starrer Spiderman spin-off 'Madame Web' shifted to 2024, 'Kraven the Hunter' also delayed". ThePrint. Retrieved 2022-12-22.

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