Tom Harper (director)

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Tom Harper
Born (1980-01-07) 7 January 1980 (age 37)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Film producer
Film director
Years active 1998–present

Tom Harper (born 7 January 1980 in London) is a BAFTA-nominated English film director best known for his work on The Scouting Book for Boys , Peaky Blinders and the BBC TV mini-series War & Peace.

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.[1][2]

Harper then moved on to direct a range of film and television work which includes Misfits, The Scouting Book for Boys (2010), This Is England '86, The Borrowers (2011), Peaky Blinders (2013), and The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.[3]

The Scouting Book for Boys was filmed throughout September and October 2008.[4]

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.[5] The film received critical acclaim [6] with The List calling it a "powerful, provocative and essential piece of modern British cinema".[7] Harper was also a producer on the film.[8]

He directed the 2016 BBC TV mini-series War & Peace, starring Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton for BBC1 and The Weinstein Company.[9] The series topped ratings and won rave reviews[10]

In 2017, Harper will once again team with Jack Thorne, to make "The Commuter", the opening episode of the Channel 4/Amazon Video anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.[11]


Year Name Notes
1998 Eyelines Short film
2004 Beat Short film
2006 Squat Street credited as director, TV mini series [12]
2006 Cubs Short film
2007 Coming Up credited as director, TV series, 1 episode [13]
2007 Cherries Short film [14]
2008 Dis/Connected TV film [15]
2009 Demons credited as director, TV mini-series, 3 episodes [16]
2010 The Scouting Book for Boys
2010 This Is England '86 credited as director, TV mini-series, 2 episodes [17]
2009 - 2010 Misfits credited as director, TV series, 4 episodes [18]
2011 The Borrowers TV movie [19]
2011 The Swarm Short film
2013 Peaky Blinders credited as director, TV series, 3 episodes [20]
2014 War Book
2015 The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
2015 War and Peace credited as director, TV series [21]
2017 Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams credited as director, TV series


  1. ^ "The Scouting Book For Boys - Tom Harper interview". BBC Film Network. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ IMDB  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "'Misfits' director Tom Harper to direct 'Woman in Black' follow-up". Independent. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Director’s Diary, Part 1: Tom Harper on The Scouting Book For Boys". Film4 Blog. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
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  6. ^ Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved 7 August 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Baughan, Nikki. "Ms". The List. 
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  9. ^ "James Norton Joins Lily James, Paul Dano In BBC/Weinstein Co’s ‘War And Peace’". 28 December 2014. 
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  11. ^ Denise Petski. "Timothy Spall To Star In “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ ‘Commuter’ Episode". Deadline. 
  12. ^ IMDB
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