Nick Murphy became a much sought after name in the world of British TV drama after helming a number of outstanding projects, including historical drama Napoleon starring Rob Brydon, and Surviving Disaster, a docu-drama about Chernobyl starring Adrian Edmondson. A former editor of news and current affairs for the BBC, he began directing documentaries in 1996.
Firmly placing himself in drama, Nick directed the critically acclaimed BBC series, Occupation, starring James Nesbitt. This was hailed ‘best drama of the year’ by The Guardian and ‘the best drama on television for a very long time’ by The Sunday Times. It was also described as ’one of the best dramas of the decade’ by The Observer and was nominated for both RTS (Royal Television Society) and Broadcast awards. It received a BAFTA for Best Drama Serial.
Thriving on the challenge of bringing stories to life on film, Nick completed his first feature project, The Awakening, which starred Rebecca Hall, which he followed up with “Blood”, a hard-hitting psychological thriller starring Paul Bettany. ITV’s Prey was received by The Telegraph as ‘crime drama at its best’ and garnered a 2015 BAFTA nomination for best new series.
In recent news, Nick directed the opening two episodes of BBC 2’s epic eight-part series ‘The Last Kingdom’, adapted from the bestselling Bernard Cornwell ‘Saxon Stories’. Nick also co-exec produced the series, which aired in autumn 2015 to critical acclaim in the USA and UK.
Nick offers the world of commercials a directing style that is emotionally rich, packed with atmospheric texture, and driven by a strong narrative edge.
Nick recently finished directing Save me, a 6-part drama series for Sky, starring Lennie James, Suranne Jones and Stephan Graham.