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T. J. Scott is a Canadian film and television director, screenwriter, producer, and former stuntman and actor.

T. J. Scott
Scott in 2015
Alma materYork University
OccupationFilm director, television director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1972–present
Victoria Pratt
(m. 2000; div. 2016)

For his work as a director on the BBC America-Space television series Orphan Black, Scott won a Canadian Screen Award in 2015. He received a second nomination for the same award in 2018 for directing Caught.

Early lifeEdit

Scott grew up in Canada working as an actor and stuntman,[1] before making the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career behind the camera in Hollywood.[2] Scott studied film and TV production at York University in Toronto.[citation needed]


1990s: Early feature film and television workEdit

Scott began directing feature films in the early 1990s, with the action-science fiction martial arts film TC 2000 (1993). Of the experience as a first-time director, Scott said: "You know, I was very young... I took the first feature that was offered to me... I think we all learned a lot while we were making it."[3] Later that decade, Scott directed Legacy (1998), starring David Hasselhoff and his future wife, Victoria Pratt. Legacy screened as the opening night film for the Las Vegas Film Festival in 1999.[4]

The following year, Scott wrote, directed, and produced the HBO film Blacktop (2000), starring Kristen Davis.[5] Around this time, Scott's career as a television director began to take off. He first worked in New Zealand with filmmakers Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999) and subsequently directed several episodes of the spin-off TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (1996–2001).[6]

2000–2015: Breakthrough with Orphan BlackEdit

After working on Xena, Scott directed several episodes of the series Cleopatra 2525 (2000–2001) before its cancellation.[7][8] He then moved onto other shows, including the controversial ESPN series Playmakers (2003).[9] Scott's episode of Playmakers was named by the American Film Institute as one of the top 10 television episodes of 2003.[10][11]

Scott has since directed dozens of TV series, including Mutant X (2001–2002), Spartacus (2012–2013), Bitten (2014–2015), Longmire (2014–present),[12] Gotham (2014–2019),[13] The Strain (2015–present)[14][15] Dark Matter (2015–present) and most notably, Orphan Black (2013–2014).[13]

His most recent feature film work includes the made-for-television film Deadliest Sea (2009), which aired on the Discovery Channel and was nominated for five Gemini Awards in 2010 including Best Director.[16]

In 2015, Scott directed episodes of Orphan Black, which, upon release, garnered a cult following,[17][18] and garnered critical acclaim.[19][20] In January 2015, it was announced that Scott was nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for his work on the show.[21] In February 2015, Scott won the award for Best Direction in a Dramatic Series at the 3rd annual Canadian Screen Awards for his work on Orphan Black.[22]

2016–present: Further television successEdit

Following Orphan Black, Scott continued to direct high-profile television series, such as Star Trek: Discovery and Taken.[23]

In 2018, his work on the Canadian miniseries Caught garnered him his second Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series.[24]

The following year, he executive produced and directed a six-part miniseries called Departure.[25] The series, commissioned by Global Television Network as a Canada/U.K. co-production, stars Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer, among others. It is slated to premiere on Universal TV outside of Canada.[26]

Other workEdit

In addition to directing, Scott is also a well-known photographer.[27] He also works as a freelance writer in Hollywood, co-writing the story for the film Tracers (2015), starring Taylor Lautner.[28] In September 2011, it was announced that filmmaker Chris Columbus signed on to direct Scott's screenplay titled The Secret Lives of Road Crews for Paramount Pictures.[29][30] As of 2019, the film has not been produced.

From 2015 to 2017, Scott served as an executive producer on the popular web series Teenagers (2014–present).[31][32]

Personal lifeEdit

Scott married Canadian actress and model Victoria Pratt in 2000; they subsequently divorced in 2016.[33]


Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won[22]
2010 Gemini Awards Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Deadliest Sea Nominated


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  3. ^ "Interview: T.J. Scott, director of Death Valley". Flickering Myth. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Gotham Talk Podcast #27 - Special Guest Director TJ Scott - #DeathValley". BlogTalkRadio. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
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  8. ^ ": RevolutionSF - Canceled Sci-Fi Showcase: Jack of All Trades & Cleopatra 2525 : Review". Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Playmakers, the Show the NFL Killed for Being Too Real | VICE Sports". VICE Sports. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Playmakers: The Complete Series DVD Review | Inside Pulse". Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  11. ^ "American Film Institute". Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  12. ^ "'Longmire' Season 4 Photos: TJ Scott Reveals Artsy Black-And-White Pics From Set, 'Fun Shooting'". ENSTARZ. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b "T.J. Scott Talks Directing 'Gotham' and Working With Tatiana Maslany". Emertainment Monthly. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
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  15. ^ "The Strain – Season 2 Episode 2: "By Any Means" – HorrorTalk". Retrieved 23 October 2015.
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  22. ^ a b Cummins, Julianna (25 February 2015). "Canadian Screen Awards '15: Orphan Black, Degrassi clone winning ways". Playback. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  23. ^ "T.J. Scott » Directors Guild of Canada". Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  24. ^ Furdyk, Brent (27 March 2019). "The Winners: Canadian Screen Awards Presented For Creative Fiction Storytelling". ET Canada. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  25. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy; Tartaglione, Nancy (13 November 2018). "Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer Embark For 'Departure' Event Series". Deadline. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  26. ^ Clarke, Stewart; Clarke, Stewart (7 January 2019). "NBCUniversal Lands Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer Drama 'Departure'". Variety. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
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  28. ^ "'Tracers' review: Movie shows Taylor Lautner's post-'Twilight' career in trouble". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  29. ^ "Chris Columbus to Direct 'The Secret Life of Road Crews'? - /Film". Slashfilm. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  30. ^ "Chris Columbus Joins Paramount's 'The Secret Lives Of Road Crews'". Deadline. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  31. ^ "M. H. Murray doesn't gloss over the gritty details of being a teenager in his web series". CBC Radio. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  32. ^ News, Mississauga. "Mississauga director's web series a raw take on teenage life". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  33. ^ "Victoria Pratt – Trace Adkins' Mistress and she is also married to T.J Scott (bio, wiki, photos)". Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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