Matt Holt is an award winning director with a string of impressive credits and extensive single and multi-camera experience. He has just completed his first block of Eastenders and shot the opening sequence with Ant & Dec for their new series of Saturday Night Takeaway. He also directed both series of Spy School for CITV which has just been nominated for a BAFTA.
His biggest passion is for scripted narrative. Aside from Eastenders, other recent scripted credits include kicking off new CBBC comedy drama Andy & The Band, The Midnight Beast’s Valentine for Sky Arts, All Killer, a comedy horror musical for Vimeo, and two series of Jack & Dean Of All Trades, a sitcom created by YouTube sensations Jack & Dean, co-starring Jessica Hynes, for which he was nominated for a Streamy Award for Directing, and won Series of the Year at the Summer in the City festival. Previously he directed the second series of the sitcom Lunch Monkeys for BBC3, and followed that up with pilots for the likes of Harriet Kemsley and Jamali Maddix.
Drama credits include multiple blocks of Hollyoaks, for which he was nominated for Best Single Episode at The British Soap Awards, and BAFTA winning children's drama Topsy and Tim. Matt’s shorts include SWAG, which won the Director’s Award at the North Carolina Film Awards and Best Foreign Short at the LA Indie Festival, and Not Sophie’s Choice starring Catherine Tate & Alex MacQueen, which appeared at festivals all over the world including screenings at Raindance, as well as London and Los Angeles Short Film Festivals. Of his most recent shorts, Neil’s Yard just won Best Comedy Short at the Funny Women Awards, while Two Man’s Land received the Special Jury Award for Artistic Achievement at the Baltimore Comedy Festival. He also produced Little Big House, a Creative England funded short exec produced by Idris Elba, and was Assistant Director on feature film Together starring Peter Bowles and Sylvia Syms which enjoyed a nationwide UK cinema release
Matt has directed several successful commercials for brands including Nike, Barclaycard, and Lego. In 2018, he won a Cannes Lion for the Little Casanova campaign which he directed for Yoti/Jungle Creations.
Matt is also an experienced sketch and hidden camera director. He recently directed several test shoots for Sacha Baron Cohen on his new Showtime/C4 series Who is America? and was PD on The Mash Report, a topical spoof news pilot for BBC2. Before that he worked on three series and two specials of Off Their Rockers for ITV1 as well as several hugely successful one off promos and viral campaigns. He has an impressive back catalogue of online shorts where he's worked with a massive range of talent including Rob Brydon and John Boyega. As a theatre and live comedy director he's had two shows nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award (including Brendon Burns which won the award) and remains much in demand as a director and developer of live talent.
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