Ciaran Donnelly (director)

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Ciaran Donnelly is an Irish film and television director. He is primarily known for his direction of major international series such as Camelot, The Tudors, Titanic: Blood and Steel and Vikings.[1]

His works include four episodes of the ITV comedy drama series Cold Feet (including the episode that won the series the Best Drama Series BAFTA), the crime drama series Donovan, the BBC One drama Spooks and the 2016 Discovery Channel historical miniseries Harley and the Davidsons. His 2006 serial Stardust won the IFTA for Best Single Drama/Drama Serial.[1]

Since 2006, he has been a lead director on the Irish/Canadian series The Tudors, for which he won another IFTA in 2009. In 2010, he was nominated for another IFTA for his work on the third season. He garnered yet another IFTA nomination in 2013 for Titanic: Blood and Steel.[1] In february 2022 it was announced that Donnelly was nominated once more for an IFTA for his work on The Wheel of Time.[2]


Year Name Notes
1991 Bound for Manhattan Short
Also screenwriter and editor
1996 Dirty Old Town Short
1997 Pinned Short
1998 The Split TV movie
2001-2003 Cold Feet 4 episodes
2003 Spooks 2 episodes
2004 Proof 4 episodes
2005 Big Dippers TV movie
2006 Stardust 2 episodes
Donovan 1 episode
2007 Robin Hood 3 episodes
2007-2010 The Tudors 13 episodes
2008-2009 Inspector George Gently 4 episodes
2009 Trust Me Episode 'Promises, Promises'
2011 Camelot 2 episodes
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel 12 episodes
Also executive producer (12 episodes) and stories writer (3 episodes)
2013 Once Upon a Time Episode 'Ariel'
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Episode 'Bad Blood'
2013-2019 Vikings 15 episodes
Also second unit director in episode 'Ragnarok'
2014 Crossbones 2 episodes
Also executive producer (9 episodes)
2015 A.D. The Bible Continues 3 episodes
Tyrant Episode 'Desert Storm'
The Bastard Executioner 2 episodes
2016 Harley and the Davidsons 2 episodes
Also executive producer (3 episodes)
2018 Krypton 3 episodes
Also co-executive producer (2 episodes)
2019 Altered Carbon 2 episodes
2021 The Wheel of Time 2 episodes

Also second unit director in Peaches (2000).


  1. ^ a b c "CIARAN DONNELLY - ACADEMY MEMBER". Irish Film & Television Awards. Retrieved on 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ @IFTA (22 February 2022). "#IFTA DIRECTOR - DRAMA NOMINEES Ciaran Donnelly - The Wheel Of Time Dathaí Keane - Smother Diarmuid Goggins - K…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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