After graduating University in 2003, Chris worked his way up the assistant director ladder. He worked on films and shows such as; Broadchurch, Little Dorrit, The Deep Blue Sea, Wallander, Criminal Justice, Small Island, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and 28 Weeks Later to name just a few.
During this time Chris maintained his passion in producing and writing and made several short films as well as developing features and TV projects.
Chris made his first professional short film entitled ‘The Beachcombers’ in 2008. The 10-minute romantic tale starred Charity Wakefield and Rasmus Hardiker and was funded by Film London via the Lewisham film initiative. It went on to win the 2008 Best Of Borough Award (voted for by the viewers of ITV London Tonight) presented at BAFTA.
Following ‘The Beachcombers’ success Chris made ‘In Passing’. A 1940’s WWII drama starring Lesley Sharp, Russell Tovey and Sean Pertwee. The film was screened on the BBC HD channel in Autumn 2010.
In January 2010, Chris was nominated for the BBC Writers Room ‘Tony Doyle Bursary For New Writing’. From hundreds of script entries his feature entitled ‘Christie’ was shortlisted amongst the final seven. Later that year he was shortlisted for the BBC writer’s academy.
In 2012 Chris wrote and produced the short ‘Friend Request Pending’. The film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and stars Judi Dench, Penny Ryder and Tom Hiddleston. The silver surfer comedy is a cheeky tale of finding love in all the wrong places and the perils of social networking when you’re drawing your pension. The film then went on to screen across the globe at over 40 film festivals as well as getting theatrical release in the US and Europe. The film is now available via iTunes.
From 2013 to 2015 Chris took over the reigns as producer on Downton Abbey and produced both season 5 and 6.
For his work on Downton Abbey, Chris won two National Television Awards for best Drama and was nominated for the 2015 & 2016 Primetime Emmy award for Best Drama.
2015 and 2016 saw Chris move onto a new show entitled ‘The Halcyon’.
This WW2 Drama is set in a glamorous 5 star hotel during the London Blitz and will air in 2017.
Chris is represented by Josh Varney and Mady Neil at 42
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