Ben
Taylor

Director for television

Ben has directed a long list of 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 Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker. 

Ben has since set up and 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 has recently directed and executive-produced the third series of Sex Education and is now working with Sally Wainwright on 18th century adventure series The Ballad of Renegade Nell for Disney+.

CV

Television

Director 

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

    Objective for Channel 4
    Creator Caitlin Moran
    Producer Michele Greco
    Writer Diablo Cody

    Comedy

    Berlanti Productions for ABC
    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
    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
    Writer Sharon Horgan
    Starring
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Comedy

    ABC Studios for ABC
    30 and Counting
    1 x 30' Pilot
    Writer Chris Little and Tom Vinnicombe

    Comedy pilot

    Bwark Productions for Sky Living
    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
    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
    Creator Laurie Nunn
    Starring
  • Asa Butterfield
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Comedy drama

    Eleven Film for Netflix

    Director & Executive Producer 

    Creator Laurie Nunn

    Comedy drama

    Eleven Film for Netflix

    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

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

    Andrew Billen
    The Times on Cockroaches