DAVID KERR – Official Biography

David Kerr’s work in film, TV and commercials has made him one of Britain’s most sought-after comedy directors.

He is currently in post-production on Johnny English 3 for Working Title/Focus Features, starring Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy and Emma Thompson and due for release in October 2018.

In May 2016, BBC One broadcast  his A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a bold new feature-length version of Shakespeare’s comedy starring Matt Lucas and Maxine Peake, from a script by Russell T Davies.

The Radio Times called it “Stunningly ballsy…utterly life-affirming.”

“The funniest, cleverest, most imaginative and original television I have seen.” That’s how The Times summed up Inside No.9, written by League of Gentlemen Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton for BBC2. David directed the entire first series.

Inside No.9, with a stellar cast including Gemma Arterton, won a double award at the 2014 Banff Media Festival: Best Comedy and Best Entertainment. In 2015, it won the RTS Award for Best Comedy Performance.

Recent commercials include:

Playthings, a US gun-control PSA which racked up 1.5 million Youtube hits on its first day, sparked articles in Time Magazine and The Washington Post and won Best PSA at the AICP Awards in June 2015, securing its place in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Estimation Nationa series of Smart Energy spots, which won a Bronze Arrow in March 2016.

And Meteor – Brain Surgeon, which won a Silver Shark at Kinsale.

Born in Belfast, David graduated from Cambridge University with a First in Classics and made arts documentaries for BBC2 before pursuing his passion for offbeat but authentic comedy.

David directed Matt Lucas and David Walliams in a series of BBC rock parodies before collaborating with Steve Coogan and Vic Reeves.

He then won a BAFTA for That Mitchell & Webb Look, described by The Hollywood Reporter  as “uproarious and cleverly cheeky.” Iconic sketches include The Boy With An Arse For A Face starring triple BAFTA-winner Olivia Colman alongside an unforgettable posterior prosthetic.

As the lead director of Channel 4‘s celebrated student comedy Fresh Meat, David gave Jack Whitehall his first acting job and set the style for a show described by The Guardian as “smart, sympathetic and pretty much adorable from the get-go.”

Fresh Meat was named Best New Comedy at the British Comedy Awards, Best Scripted Comedy at the RTS Awards, and Best European Comedy at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.

Whites, David’s restaurant kitchen comedy for BBC2/Hulu starring Alan Davies, Darren Boyd and Katherine Parkinson is, according to The Times, “a perfect example of the modern sitcom.

With an 0-1 US Visa, David directs commercials worldwide through Hungry Man (offices in London, LA & NY) and  Speers Film in Dublin.

Coming soon in 2018: 2 eagerly-awaited new episodes of Inside No.9 on BBC2.

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