Natalie
Bailey

Director and producer

Natalie started out as an independent film-maker in Australia before moving to London to work with Jo Sargent on Absolutely Fabulous and French & Saunders. 

She later joined Armando Iannucci’s SLAP unit and worked on a slate of hit comedies including the multi-award winning The Thick of It and Time Trumpet. She has worked again with Armando on Avenue 5 for HBO, and other directing credits include Loaded, Damned, Run for HBO and The Unusual Suspects.

Alongside her television work, Natalie is working on a feature for Main Journey (Death of Stalin, The Untouchables).

Such a large ensemble tackling such nebulous social issues by way of a necklace heist is a precarious act to pull off, but one that the series executes with empathy, intelligence and an expert sense of humour... This is a uniquely Australian, self-aware addition to the gallery of girl-power dramas. The Unusual Suspects‘ only crime is stealing the show.

Merryana Salem
Screen Hub on The Unusual Suspects

CV

Film

Director 

Sumo
Feature
Creator Richard Galazka
Producer Yann Zenou

Comedy feature about a school janitor & who takes an overweight pupil under her wing and trains him to become a sumo wrestler.

Main Journey
In Development

Television

Director 

Producer Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford
Director Natalie Bailey
Writer Jessica Redenbach

The Unusual Suspects is a female friendship story about a group of women from different walks of life wrapped up in a wildly entertaining heist caper. Selected for Series Mania.

Aquarius Films for SBS and About Premium Content
Retrograde
6 x 30'
Creator Mark O'Toole & Meg O'Connell
Director Natalie Bailey
Starring
  • Pallavi Sharda
  • Maria Angelico
  • A comedy following the topsy-turvy life of Maddie and her friends as they navigate the pandemic, partners, and the new parameters of life, all from the safety of their very own virtual bar. This series was created, shot and edited during the Australian lockdown. Natalie rehearsed and directed the series over zoom.

    Orange Entertainment & Unless Pictures for ABC
    Run
    2 x 30'
    Creator Vicky Jones & Phoebe Waller-Bridge
    Producer D. J. Carson & Phoebe Waller-Bridge
    Starring
  • Merritt Wever
  • Domnhall Gleeson
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • A woman living a humdrum existence gets a text inviting her to fulfil a pact made with her childhood sweetheart.

    Dry Write for HBO
    Avenue 5
    3 x 30'
    Creator Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche
    Producer Steve Clark-Hall
    Starring
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Josh Gad
  • Space captain Ryan Clark of the Avenue 5 tries to get along with others in the space tourism industry.

    HBO for HBO
    Creator Peter Helliar
    Producer Andrea Denholm & Jess Leslie
    Starring
  • Peter Helliar
  • Lisa MCCune
  • A comedy about a couple navigating the daily challenges of a marriage that's more about routine than romance.

    Princess Pictures & Pablo Pictures for Network 10
    Producer Claire Whalley
    Writer Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks
    Starring
  • Jo Brand
  • Alan Davies
  • Aisling Bea
  • Hit comedy set in the social services department of a local authority. 

    What Larks! Productions for Sky Arts
    Loaded
    2 x 45'
    Creator Jon Brown
    Producer Kate Norrish and Polly Leys
    Starring
  • Mary McCormack
  • Jessie Cave
  • Nick Helm
  • Comedy-drama following four life-long friends who become multi-millionaires - overnight.

    Hillbilly Films for Channel 4, AMC
    Gap Year
    3 x 45'
    Producer EP - Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell
    Writer Tom Basden
    Starring
  • Anders Hayward
  • Ade Oyefeso
  • Brittney Wilson
  • Alice Lee
  • Tim Key
  • Comedy-drama series by Tom Basden following a motley gang of travelers trying to find themselves.

    Eleven for E4
    Producer Paul Walton, Rick McKenna and Laura Waters
    Starring
  • Magda Szubanski
  • Glenn Robbins
  • Amy Schumer
  • An Australian sketch show full of crazy and hilarious short stories.

    McWaters Productions for Comedy Channel, Australia
    Creator Krish Majumdar
    Writer Krish Majumdar
    Starring
  • David Hasselhoff
  • Mark Quartley
  • Series following The Hoff (David Hassellhoff) as he moves to the UK to get his career back on track and make sense of his increasingly surreal life.

    Me and You Productions for Dave
    Creator Armando Iannuci
    Producer Adam Tandy & Armando Iannucci
    Writer Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell
    Starring
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Joanna Scanlan
  • Rebecca Front
  • Madcap comedy set in the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship.

    BBC for BBC 2, BBC 4
    Creator Chris Reddy
    Producer Lucy Robinson
    Starring
  • Sean Verey
  • Scarlett Alice Johnson
  • Yasmin Paige
  • Dylan Edwards
  • A heart-warming comedy following two unlikely young parents-to-be.

    Little Comet for BBC Three
    Creator Georgia Pritchett
    Producer Catherine Bailey
    Starring
  • Doon Mackichan
  • Jane Dowden
  • Jessica Gunning
  • A quick-cutting sitcom crossed with a sketch show, set in a hairdressing salon where the owner turns a blind eye to the various faults, failings and eccentricities of her staff.

    BBC Four
    Creator Sue Perkins
    Producer Jim Poyser & Nicola Shindler
    Starring
  • Sue Perkins
  • Joanna Scanlan
  • Nicola Walker
  • Comedy series following Sara who has had an ultimatum from her best friends. She either comes out to her parents or they will do it for her.

    Red Productions for BBC One
    Producer Catherine Gosling Fuller
    Starring
  • Gaby Roslin
  • Tim VIne
  • Original multi-cam studio pilot.

    BBC
    Producer John Pocock
    Writer Matt Brito, Robert Evans
    Starring
  • Miranda Hart
  • Tanya Franks
  • Ed Weeks
  • Children's series set in a chaotic hotel where everything seems to go wrong.

    BBC1 for CBBC

    Producer 

    The Thick of It: Multiple Series
    Associate Producer
    2 x 30'
    Creator Armando Iannucci
    Producer Adam Tandy & Armando Iannucci
    Writer Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell
    Starring
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Joanna Scanlan
  • Rebecca Front
  • Madcap comedy set in the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship.

    BBC2, BBC4
    Producer Armando Iannucci (EP)
    Director Tony Dow
    Starring
  • Rebecca Front
  • Morwenna Banks
  • Original studio sitcom pilot.

    BBC2
    The Wrong Door
    Associate Producer
    Producer Jack Cheshire
    Director Ben Wheatley
    Starring
  • MyAnna Buring
  • Joel Fry
  • Neil Maskell
  • Comedy sketch show set in a surreal parallel universe where film and TV special effects are part of everyday life.

    BBC for BBC3

    Production Team 

    Producer Jo Sargent
    Writer Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders & Sue Perkins
    Starring
  • Jennifer Saunders
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Idris Elba
  • Series following the wild misadventures of Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy Stone, who live in a near-constant haze of drugged, drunken selfishness.

    BBC1
    Producer Jon Rolph
    Director Michael Cumming & Becky Martin

    Stand-up comedian Mark Steel gives satirical and educational lectures on some of history's greatest thinkers.

    BBC4
    Time Trumpet
    Researcher & Writer
    Producer Adam Tandy & Armando Iannucci
    Writer Simon Blackwell, Adam Buxton

    Satirical sketch show set in the future looking back over the beginning of the 21st century, between 2005 and 2030.

    BBC2

    Other

    Director 

    Comedy Drama Additional Scenes & Interviews

    BBC4 Red Button/DVD/Online

    Produced by Jonathan Harvey

    Sketches for BBC Comedy Online

    Produced by Gareth Edwards

    Producer 

    Animated Sketches, Deleted Scene & Interviews for BBC2 Red Button/DVD/ Comedy Online

    Executive Produced by Will Saunders

    Animated Sitcom Shorts for BBC Comedy Online/ Trunk

    Executive Produced by Will Saunders