Ben
Taylor

Director for television

Since gaining a degree in Film from Staffordshire University, Ben has directed celebrated comedies from the multi-award winning and BAFTA nominated Cardinal Burns to the hugely popular and BAFTA winning Catastrophe.

Ben set up Catastrophe with writers and leads, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Director. After directing three series of the Channel 4 comedy, Ben went on to work with Sharon again on HBO series Divorcealso starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Ben has since directed the critically acclaimed Sex Education for Eleven and Netflix, starring Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield; and Year of the Rabbit for Objective Fiction, starring Matt Berry.

Ben is currently directing and executive-producing the second series of Sex Education.

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Television

Director & Executive Producer

Creator Laurie Nunn

Comedy drama

Eleven Film for Netflix

Director

Producer Hannah Mackay
Writer Kevin Cecil & Andy Riley
Starring
  • Matt Berry
  • Comedy

    Objective for Channel 4
    Creator Laurie Nunn
    Starring
  • Asa Butterfield
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Comedy drama

    Eleven Film for Netflix
    Ye Sweeney
    1 x 30'

    Comedy pilot

    Objective
    Creator Caitlin Moran
    Producer Michele Greco
    Writer Diablo Cody

    Comedy

    Berlanti Productions for ABC
    Writer Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
  • Comedy

    Avalon for Channel 4 / Amazon
    Creator James Acaster
    Starring
  • Ed Easton
  • Sophie Thompson
  • Diane Morgan
  • Sitcom pilot about jury service

    Big Talk for BBC2
    Creator Julie Thacker Scully
    Starring
  • Robert Webb
  • Melanie Lynskey
  • Victoria Hamilton
  • Peter Egan
  • Comedy pilot

    BBC for BBC2
    Creator Dennis Kelly and Sharon Horgan
    Producer Clelia Mountford
    Starring
  • Adeel Akhtar
  • Eva Birthistle
  • Victoria Hamilton
  • Nicola Walker
  • Comedy pilot

    Merman for Channel 4
    Divorce
    1 x 30'
    Creator Sharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Thomas Haden Church
  • Molly Shannon
  • Talia Balsam
  • Comedy

    HBO for HBO
    Writer Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
  • Jonathan Forbes
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Comedy series

    Avalon for Channel 4
    Chev & Bev
    1 x 30'
    Starring
  • Chevy Chase
  • Beverly D’Angelo
  • Comedy pilot

    ABC
    Writer Sharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Rob Delaney
  • Comedy series

    Avalon for Channel 4
    Producer Clelia Mountford
    Writer Freddy Syborn
    Starring
  • Esther Smith
  • Jack Whitehall
  • Daniel Lawrence Taylor
  • Comedy series
    Big Talk Productions for ITV2
    Producer Dan Hine
    Writer Robin French and Kieron Quirke
    Second series of the popular comedy
    Roughcut TV for BBC3
    Writer Sharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Comedy

    ABC Studios for ABC
    Creator Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns
    Starring
  • Seb Cardinal
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
  • Series two of the award-winning comedy sketch show
    Left Bank Pictures for Channel 4
    30 and Counting
    1 x 30' Pilot
    Writer Chris Little and Tom Vinnicombe

    Comedy pilot

    Bwark Productions for Sky Living
    Cardinal Burns
    Best Sketch Show - British Comedy Awards 2012
    6 x 30'
    Producer Jenna Jones
    Starring
  • Seb Cardinal
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
  • Comedy sketch show

    Leftbank Pictures for E4
    In Production
    Cuckoo
    6 x 30'
    Creator Robin French & Kieron Quirke
    Producer Ash Atalla
    Writer Robin French and Kieron Quirke
    Starring
  • Greg Davies
  • Andy Samberg
  • Helen Baxendale
  • Tamla Kari
  • Comedy series

    Roughcut Television for BBC3
    Producer Ben Taylor & Thomas Nelstrop
    Writer Thomas Nelstrop
    Starring
  • Thomas Nelstrop
  • BBC Online Comedy
    Spy
    6 x 30'
    Producer Margot Gavan-Duffy
    Starring
  • Darren Boyd
  • Jude Wright
  • Single father Tim quits his dead-end job but his life changes forever when he is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5.
    Hat Trick Productions for Sky 1 HD
    In Production
    Producer Jenna Jones
    Starring
  • Seb Cardinal
  • Dustin Demri-Burns
  • Comedy sketch show

     

    Leftbank Pictures for E4
    Grippenschaaft Self Help Virals
    3 x 2' Online Sketches
    Starring
  • Thomas Nelstrop
  • Online sketches
    BBC Online
    Idiots of Ants
    1 x 15' pilot
    Producer Fiona McDermott
    Starring
  • Elliott Tiney
  • Benjamin Wilson
  • James Wrighton
  • Andrew Spiers
  • Pilot sketch show from Edinburgh Festival favourites Idiots Of Ants.
    Zeppotron for E4

    Film

    Writer & Director

    Best British Video BBC Short Film Festival 2000 / JVC Award Best Student Film.

    It’s the brilliant thing about Catastrophe too that, under a pile of knickers and all the filth, it is actually very sweet. Romantic, even. That and the fact that it is hilarious; the filth is top notch, glorious filth.

    Sam Wollaston
    The Guardian on Catastrophe Series 3

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    Different, in a good way: black but not bleak.

    Andrew Billen
    The Times on Cockroaches