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Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley (born 1972) is an English director of feature films, TV comedy shows, adverts and idents, animated shorts and internet viral ads.


Wheatley was born in Billericay, Essex. He went to Haverstock School in North London and it was here during the sixth form that he met Amy Jump, who is now his wife and co-founder of the "Mr and Mrs Wheatley" blog.[1] The couple have a son and live in Brighton.

Initially a short film maker and animator, Wheatley moved his work to the internet, gaining a wider audience. His viral clip "cunning stunt" which shows his friend Rob Hill jumping over a car has had over 10 million views. The hundred or so short virals, animations and games found on the "Mr and Mrs Wheatley" site were noticed by large media companies and Wheatley's work expanded into mainstream media.

In 2006 Wheatley won a "Lion" award at Cannes advertising festival for directing the AMBX viral, with The Viral Factory.[2] In July 2006 he directed live-action sections of the TV series Modern Toss, ("i live ere", "Alan", "Drive by abuser", "Customer services", "Accident and emergency", "Citizens advice", "Illegal alphabet"), which was aired on Channel 4. Wheatley has also written and created clips for BBC Two's Time Trumpet and has appeared in and directed sketches for BBC Three's Comedy Shuffle.[3]

Between 2007 and 2009 Wheatley directed series 2 of Modern Toss, The Wrong Door and Ideal series 5 and 6 for BBC3.

In May 2009 he directed the feature film Down Terrace in eight days; it won the Next Wave prize at Fantastic Fest in Austin and Best UK Feature at Raindance in London.[4][5]

He has also directed advertisements for Blink Productions and Moxie. In 2010 Wheatley completed his second feature, Kill List for Warp X.[6][7]

Wheatley's third film was the black comedy Sightseers, released in the UK in November 2012. It was written by its stars, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, with additional material by Amy Jump, and was chosen for the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[8][9]

Wheatley's fourth film, A Field in England was financed through the Film4 talent and ideas hub, Film4.0. It will be followed by his first American-made film, Freakshift, a Creature Feature with an estimated budget of $15 million.[10] A sci-fi TV series, Silk Road, written and directed by Wheatley, has been announced. It is said to be "in the vein of the Patrick McGoohan classic The Prisoner", and will be screened on HBO.[11]

Wheatley will direct the first two episodes of the eighth series of Doctor Who, a show he has been a fan of since childhood.[12]



Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer Editor
2009 Down Terrace Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Kill List Yes Yes Yes
2012 Sightseers Yes Yes
The ABCs of Death Yes Yes Segment: U Is for Unearthed
2013 A Field in England Yes Yes


  • Time Trumpet (2006) - Writer (4 Episodes)
  • Modern Toss (2008) - Director (4 Episodes)
  • The Wrong Door (2008) - Writer/Director (6 Episodes)
  • Steve Coogan: The Inside Story (2009) - Director
  • Ideal (2009-10) - Director (14 Episodes)
  • Doctor Who (2014) - Director (2 Episodes)

Music videos


External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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