UK Agent: Edward Hughes

US Manager:  Steve Smith at Stagecoach Entertainment:

Emma Lindley is an award-winning and highly experienced writer and director working on popular
episodic series and her own films in both the UK and US.

Her UK drama directing credits include multiple episodes of ‘Holby City’ (BBC1), ‘Coronation
Street’, ‘Emmerdale’ and award-winning teen series, ‘My Parents Are Aliens’ and ‘24 Seven’(ITV).
She is skilled in both single and multi-camera directing and equally happy in studio or on location.
Her authored shorts as writer-director have been shown at festivals around the world, on ITV/
Channel 4 and include child-bride drama, ‘Red River’, winner of three Best Film awards (London
Short Film Festival). Her feature scripts as writer-director have been funded by South West
Screen, shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters Lab and selected for the UK Filmonomics
development programme.

Emma’s work in the US includes directing two award-nominated arts documentaries for Ovation
TV. She has a current 01 visa and is represented in the US by Stagecoach Entertainment.

Emma is a voting member of BAFTA, Directors UK and WFTV and a guest lecturer in directing at
NFTS and Met Film School.





2023: HOPE STREET – Director 2 x 45′ Drama Series Long Story/BBC/Britbox
Popular crime drama series
Executive Producer: Donna Wiffen, Paul Marquess

2021: EMMERDALE – Director 8 x 30’ Drama Series ITV
Popular continuing drama series set in Yorkshire village
Producer: Kate Brooks

2019-2023: CORONATION STREET – Director 15 x 30’ Drama Series ITV
Popular continuing drama series set in Manchester
Producer: Iain McLeod

2019-21: HOLBY CITY – Director 3 x 60’ Drama Series BBC
Popular drama series set in a Hospital
Producers: Poz Watson, Yasmin Kalli

2012: IN SEARCH OF FOOD – Producer/Director 3 x 30’ Factual Noise/Ovation TV (US)
Series about a chef who only uses locally sourced food, featuring Jason Mraz.
Executive Producer Sian Edwards-Beal
Nominated for CableFAX Award Best Food Series

2011: MY LIFE: BIG BROTHER – Producer/Director, 1 x 30’ Documentary Glasshead/ BBC
Ethan (14) helps care for brother Aidan (10), who has a form of dwarfism.
Narrated by Warwick Davis. Described by The Telegraph as ‘moving and inspiring’.
Executive Producer Lambros Atteshlis

2010: WHO ARE WE? – Producer/Director 3 x 30’ Factual series Glasshead/BBC
Millie (10) lives on a communal farm while Martha (11) learns about life as a Victorian.
Series Producer Mary Sprent

2009: ANATOMY OF A CLOSET – Producer/Director 1 x 45’ Factual Noise/Ovation (US)
A celebration of iconic fashion featuring U2, Mary Quant and Mena Suvari.
Executive Producer Sian Edwards-Beal
Nominated for CableFAX Awards Best Documentary

2001: 24 SEVEN – Director 5 x 25’ Drama series Granada Media/ ITV
Teen drama series set in a Yorkshire boarding school.
Producer: Diane Whitley
Nominated for Prix Jeunesse

2000: BRUM – Director 4 x 10’ Comedy series Ragdoll/BBC
Popular children’s series about a magic car
Producer: Anne Wood

1999: MY PARENTS ARE ALIENS – Director 2 x 30’ series Granada Media/ ITV
Multi-award-winning comedy series
Producer Beryl Richards
Nominated for Royal Television Society Best Children’s Drama

1998: BALLOONS – Director 1 x 10’ Drama Compulsive Viewing/ C4
Love story set in a nursing home. Described by Time Out as ‘Wittily tender’.
Producer: Madeleine French
Channel 4 Lloyds Bank Film Challenge Award

Festival Shorts


2018: THIN AIR 1 x 10’ Drama
Stephen (8), home alone, is visited by a mysterious woman. Is he in danger?
Newport Beach Film Festival
UK Tweet Fest

2015: RED RIVER 1x 12’ Drama Directors UK
A teenaged girl runs away from a forced marriage.
Directors UK Challenge ALEXA Winner
London Short Film Festival
Best Film Award, Non-Multiplex Cinema
Best Film Award, UK Tweet Fest

1996: A SOUTHERN BELLE’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK – Director 1 x Factual, SE Films
The adventures of a single girl in New York – the real ‘Sex and the City’
Producer: Sian Edwards-Beal
Premiere Magazine Audience Choice Award

1995: SECRET SOCIETY – Director 1 x 20 Drama NSFTV/ITV
A wife being bullied by her husband takes up sumo wrestling.
Producer: Jenny Mitchell
Nominated Channel 4 Young Filmmaker of the Year Award

Features in development


ANCHOR BABY feature – Writer/Director
A female lawyer finds a young Hispanic girl lost in the Arizona desert and struggles to
unite her with her mother, taking her up against a corrupt local politician.
Shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters Lab
Selected for Filmonomics development scheme

RIVER HOME feature – Writer/Director
A woman saves a man from drowning and hides him on her houseboat, but her love
for him puts both their lives in danger.

Education and training


MA Film Production (Direction)
Polish National Film School

Northern School of Film and Television
BA Hons (2:1) Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts

University of Warwick
ITV: Multi-Camera Director Training