Tom Harper (director)

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Tom Harper
Tom Harper on ColliderVideo.jpg
Harper interviewed in 2018
Born (1980-01-07) 7 January 1980 (age 41)
London, England
OccupationFilm producer
Film director
Years active1998–present

Tom Harper (born 7 January 1980) is a British film and television director, producer and writer. He is best known for his work on The Aeronauts, Wild Rose, Peaky Blinders, and the BBC TV mini-series War & Peace.

Tom Harper grew up in a Quaker family. He "credits Quakerism with setting the tone in his attitudes towards pacifism and non-violence."[1]

He attended Acland Burghley School [2]


Harper began his career making short films. He wrote and directed Cubs in 2006 about urban fox hunting which was nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Short Film category and won a BIFA.[3]

Harper then moved on to direct a range of film and television work which includes Misfits, The Scouting Book for Boys (2009), This Is England '86, The Borrowers (2011), Peaky Blinders (2013) and The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.[4] The Scouting Book for Boys was filmed throughout September and October 2008.[5]

In 2014, Harper re-teamed with Jack Thorne, the writer of The Scouting Book for Boys, to make War Book, which premiered at the London Film Festival and had its international premiere as the opening film of the International Festival of Film Rotterdam.[6] The film received critical acclaim[7] with The List calling it a "powerful, provocative and essential piece of modern British cinema".[8] Harper was also a producer on the film.[9] He directed the 2016 BBC TV mini-series War & Peace, starring Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton for BBC1 and The Weinstein Company.[10] The series topped ratings and won rave reviews.[11] The series was nominated for 6 BAFTAs (including Best Drama Series) and won for Best Production Design.[citation needed]

Jessie Buckley, Tom Harper, and Nicole Taylor interviewed about Wild Rose in 2018

Harper next directed the pilot episode of The Son for AMC based on Phillip Meyer's acclaimed novel.[12] Pierce Brosnan played the lead, replacing Sam Neill (with whom Harper previously worked on Peaky Blinders) who was forced to pull out due to personal reasons.[13] The series was picked up for a second season in May 2017.[12]

In 2017, Harper teamed up with Jack Thorne once again, to make "The Commuter" starring Timothy Spall, the third episode of the Channel 4/Amazon Video anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.[14] Viewers called the episode "a masterpiece" and the best of the season so far.[15]

Wild Rose starring Jessie Buckley (who Harper worked with previously on War and Peace) and Julie Walters, and written by Nicole Taylor was filmed in Glasgow, Scotland and Nashville, USA in the summer of 2017. The film received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival[16] where Owen Gleiberman described it in Variety as "a happy-sad drama of starstruck fever that lifts you up and sweeps you along, touching you down in a puddle of well-earned tears."[17]

The Aeronauts, based on James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell's famous 1862 flight, and starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones started its shoot in the summer of 2018. The script was written by Jack Thorne, their fifth collaboration. Harper produced with Todd Lieberman for Amazon Studios.[18] As of March 2020 The Aeronauts is the most watched film of all time on Amazon Prime[19]


Year Name Notes
1998 Eyelines Short film
2004 Beat Short film
2006 Squat Street credited as director, TV mini-series
2006 Cubs Short film
2007 Coming Up credited as director, TV series, 1 episode
2007 Cherries Short film
2008 Dis/Connected TV film
2009 Demons credited as director, TV mini-series, 3 episodes
2010 The Scouting Book for Boys
2010 This Is England '86 credited as director, TV mini-series, 2 episodes
2009–2010 Misfits credited as director, TV series, 4 episodes
2011 The Borrowers TV movie
2011 The Swarm Short film
2013 Peaky Blinders credited as director, TV series, 3 episodes
2014 War Book
2015 The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
2015 War & Peace credited as director, TV series
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams credited as director, TV series
2018 Wild Rose
2019 The Aeronauts


  1. ^ Luszowicz, Iwona (October 2016). "The Interview". The Young Quaker. No. 13. p. 10. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Wild Rose director Tom Harper: My old school inspired me". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  3. ^ "The Scouting Book For Boys - Tom Harper interview". BBC Film Network. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. ^ "'Misfits' director Tom Harper to direct 'Woman in Black' follow-up". Independent. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Director's Diary, Part 1: Tom Harper on The Scouting Book For Boys". Film4 Blog. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Rotterdam: Tom Harper's 'War Book,' J.C. Chandor's 'A Most Violent Year' Bookend Fest". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  7. ^ "War Book (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  8. ^ Baughan, Nikki (2015-08-03). "Ms". The List.
  9. ^ "War Book". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  10. ^ "James Norton Joins Lily James, Paul Dano In BBC/Weinstein Co's 'War And Peace'". Deadline Hollywood. 28 December 2014.
  11. ^ "War and Peace wins rave reviews". BBC News. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b Jaafar, Nellie Andreeva,Ali (2016-05-03). "Tom Harper To Direct 'The Son' On AMC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-06-06). "Pierce Brosnan To Star In AMC Series 'The Son' In TV Return, Replaces Sam Neill". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  14. ^ Denise Petski (2017-03-21). "Timothy Spall To Star In "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' 'Commuter' Episode". Deadline Hollywood.
  15. ^ "Electric Dreams viewers call episode 3 "a masterpiece"". Digital Spy. 2017-10-01. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  16. ^ "Wild Rose". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  17. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (2018-09-11). "Toronto Film Review: 'Wild Rose'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  18. ^ Joey Paur (August 16, 2018). "Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Featured in First Photo From Amazon's THE AERONAUTS". GeekTyrant. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (January 23, 2020). "Last Sundance's Top Buyer Amazon Is All In At Park City: Jennifer Salke Q&A".

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