Andy Goddard

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Andy Goddard
Born1968 (age 55–56)
  • Director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active1997–present

Andy Goddard (born 1968) is a Welsh director and screenwriter, best known for writing and directing his feature debut Set Fire to the Stars (2014) and directing and co-producing his second feature A Kind of Murder (2016). Goddard has also directed five episodes of the ITV period drama series Downton Abbey.

Life and career[edit]

Goddard was born in Pembroke Dock, Wales and grew up on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. He later studied film, photography and television at Napier University in Edinburgh.

Goddard's debut short Little Sisters was nominated for a BAFTA Award and won the Gold Hugo Award for Best Narrative Short Film at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival. The film went on to win the DM Davies Award at the Welsh International Film Festival and the Grand Prix in European Competition at Festival du film de Vendôme.

His television work includes episodes of The Bill, Once Upon a Time, Torchwood, Law & Order: UK, Downton Abbey, and Doctor Who. In 2014, Goddard collaborated with actor Celyn Jones on Set Fire to the Stars, a feature-length film depicting Dylan Thomas' first trip to America in 1950.[1] Jones portrayed the Welsh poet, opposite Elijah Wood, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Goddard. The film premiered at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Goddard and Jones were nominated for the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriting. He has directed the psychological thriller film A Kind of Murder, starring Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Blunderer.[2]


Year Title Credited as Format Notes
Director Writer
1998 Little Sisters Yes Yes Short film
1999 Yabba Yabba Ding Ding Yes Yes Short film
2000 Rice Paper Stars Yes Yes TV short
Kings of the Wild Frontier Yes Yes TV short
2001 Stacey Stone Yes No TV series 7 episodes
2003 Taggart Yes No TV series 2 episodes
Casualty Yes No TV series Episode: "Hurt the One You Love"
The Bill Yes No TV series 2 episodes
2005 Hex Yes No TV series Episode: "Noir"
Twisted Tales Yes No TV series 4 episodes
Murphy's Law Yes No TV series 2 episodes
2006 Wire in the Blood Yes No TV series Episode: "Time to Murder and Create"
The Outsiders Yes No TV film
2006–08 Torchwood Yes No TV series 6 episodes
2008 Doctor Who Yes No TV series Episode: "The Next Doctor"
2009–11 Law & Order: UK Yes No TV series 10 episodes
2011–12 Downton Abbey Yes No TV series 5 episodes
2011 Outcasts Yes No TV series 2 episodes
2013 Dracula Yes No TV series 2 episodes
Once Upon a Time Yes No TV series Episode: "Save Henry"
2014 Set Fire to the Stars Yes Yes Film
2016 A Kind of Murder Yes No Film Also co-producer
Daredevil Yes No TV series Episode: "Regrets Only"
The Level Yes No TV series 3 episodes
2016, 2018 Luke Cage Yes No TV series 2 episodes
2017 Iron Fist Yes No TV series Episode: "Bar the Big Boss"
The Punisher Yes No TV series 2 episodes
2018 Altered Carbon Yes No TV series 1 episode
2019 Six Minutes to Midnight Yes No Film
Carnival Row Yes No TV series 2 episodes
2023–24 Monarch: Legacy of Monsters Yes No TV series 2 episodes; also executive producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 BAFTA Award Best Short Film (with Nic Muirson) Little Sisters Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo for Best Narrative Short Film Won
2000 Rice Paper Stars Nominated
2010 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form (with Russell T. Davies) Doctor Who (for the episode "The Next Doctor") Nominated
SFX Awards Best TV Episode (with Russell T. Davies) Nominated
2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival Best British Feature Film Set Fire to the Stars Nominated
Audience Award Nominated
2015 BAFTA Cymru Best Screenwriting (with Celyn Jones) Nominated
Miami International Film Festival Best Screenplay (with Celyn Jones) Nominated


  1. ^ Billington, Alex (13 May 2015). "Elijah Wood as a Poet in Andy Goddard's 'Set Fire to the Stars' Trailer".
  2. ^ Kilday, Gregg (22 February 2013). "'Downton Abbey' Director Andy Goddard to Take on 'The Blunderer'". The Hollywood Reporter.

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