Nigel Cole


Born in Cornwall but raised in London, Nigel Cole began his career in fringe theatre before moving into television and film and is now regarded as one of the UK’s most notable film directors, known for his quintessential British sense of drama with heart and a comedic light touch. 

He began his career in TV directing the final two episodes of the first series of the award-winning comedy series Cold Feet, as well as documentaries for the In the Wild series, which took actors including Julia Roberts and Robin Williams to experience life in remote parts of the world.​

He then made his feature film debut with Saving Grace, which enjoyed an enthusiastic world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the highly coveted Audience Award. Brenda Blethyn, its star, was nominated for a Golden Globe award. 

His second film Calendar Girls won best film at the British Comedy Awards and a Golden Globe nomination for Helen Mirren.  It went on to be one of the most popular British films of all time, staying at number one in Britain for four weeks.

After two American films, A Lot Like Love starring Ashton Kutcher and $5 A Day starring Christopher Walken; Nigel returned to the UK to direct again the highly successful Made In Dagenham, which earned five BAFTA nominations including a nomination for Best British Film.

Off the back of his Film success Nigel directed three episodes of the critically acclaimed drama series Last Tango in Halifax, and returned as lead director for the hugely popular Doc Martin, the series that was inspired by Saving Grace.​

In addition, Nigel has continued his prolific career directing a documentary with the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, to coincide with the release of his biography, Born to Run; and the feature documentary Roy Orbison: Love Hurts, exploring the tragic depths of the man behind such hits as Pretty Woman. 

Nigel is quintessential British storytelling distilled, with equal measures of pathos and wit, charm and irreverence and for this he continues to be highly sought after for his breadth and depth of storytelling much beloved by audiences worldwide. 

Nigel also plays a mean guitar and is our top choice for ‘round the campfire’ storytelling.