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Paul McGuigan

Highest Rated: 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)

Lowest Rated: 23% Push (2009)

Birthday: Sep 19, 1963

Birthplace: Bellshill, Scotland, UK

U.K. native Paul McGuigan established himself as one of the more unique directors to make his presence known in Britain and Hollywood during the 2000s; he unveiled a particularly strong knack for handling crime material and thrillers with a gritty intensity that became a personal trademark and that prompted more than one comparison to Martin Scorsese. McGuigan grew up in England as the son of a Bellshill-based publican and began his occupational life as a still photographer, then worked his way into the documentary field, helming nonfiction assignments for Channel 4. McGuigan's foray into fiction work commenced with his short The Granton Star Cause, about a man who morphs into a fly as a divine curse; the critical acclaim netted by that effort inspired him to helm two additional self-contained episodes, also adapted from the work of Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and stitched together as a well-received omnibus. That laid the groundwork necessary for McGuigan to move into features on a full-time basis, which he did with the inventive crime sagas Gangster No. 1 (2000) and Lucky Number Slevin (2006); in-between, McGuigan exhibited diversity by helming the compelling, IRA-themed nonfiction opus Facing the Enemy (2001) and the eerie, atmospheric romantic mystery Wicker Park (2004), and the same year's period whodunit The Reckoning. In 2008, McGuigan directed the supernatural thriller Push, starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning; it told of a bunch of psychics who band together to rebel against the vile government agency controlling them.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Director 2017
26% Victor Frankenstein Director $75.7K 2015
23% Push Director $31.8M 2009
52% Lucky Number Slevin Director $22.5M 2006
No Score Yet Oasis: Morning Glory: Classic Album Under Review Actor 2006
27% Wicker Park Director $12.9M 2004
39% The Reckoning Director 2004
No Score Yet Facing the Enemy Director 2002
71% Gangster No. 1 Director 2000
45% The Acid House Director 1998
No Score Yet Oasis: ...There and Then Actor 1996
No Score Yet Oasis: Live by the Sea Actor 1995

TV

Credit
72% Dracula
2019
Director 2020
94% Emergence
2019
Director 2020
2019
55% Carnival Row
2019
Executive Producer 2019
71% Designated Survivor
2016-2019
Director Executive Producer 2019
2017
2016
63% Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
2017-2018
Director Executive Producer 2018
2017
78% Sherlock
2010-2017
Director 2017
2014
2012
2010
87% Marvel's Luke Cage
2016-2018
Director 2016
61% The Family
2015-2016
Director Producer 2016
No Score Yet Devious Maids
2013-2016
Director 2013
29% Lucky 7
2013
Director 2013
93% Scandal
2012-2018
Director 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Director 2012
2010

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