Farren Blackburn

Farren Blackburn is a British film and television director and screenwriter. His work includes Netflix's young adult love story, The Innocents, the psychological thriller Shut In starring Naomi Watts, Netflix/Marvel's Daredevil, Iron Fist and The Defenders.

Early careerEdit

As a young man he was on the books of Cambridge United Football Club and represented England at youth level.[citation needed]


He has adapted John Richardson's golfing novel Dream On into a film script and will begin shooting that early in 2013.[1]

He directed The Fades for which he received a BAFTA for best Drama Series. He also directed the Golden Globe nominated crime series Luther, the movie Hammer of the Gods, BBC period drama The Musketeers and the Doctor Who episodes "The Rings of Akhaten" and the 2011 Christmas special, "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe".[2] He directed Naomi Watts in the psychological thriller Shut In (2016), from Christina Hodson's Blacklist screenplay about a woman who discovers a shocking secret about her catatonic son.[3] In June of 2019 he announced via Twitter that he will direct 5 episodes of season 2 of A Discovery of Witches.

In years previous, he was also a regular director of BBC medical drama Holby City.


He won a BAFTA for best Drama Series for The Fades.[4]

Family lifeEdit

He is married to actress Verona Joseph and has two daughters and a son: Elsie-Mae Blackburn, Ruby-Rose Blackburn and Terrell Blackburn.[5]



  1. ^ "Dream On - the Film". Sky Sports.
  2. ^ "The Musketeers – Farren Blackburn". Peter Capaldi News. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  3. ^ Vlessing, Etan. "AFM: Naomi Watts Joins Psychological Thriller 'Shut In'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Television Awards Winners 2012". BAFTA.
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