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Mary Rose Helen Giedroyc
(1963-02-06) 6 February 1963
( m. 1998)
|Relatives||Mel Giedroyc (sister)
Philip Parham (brother-in-law)
Mary Rose Helen Giedroyc, known as Coky Giedroyc (/ /; born 6 February 1963), is a multiple BAFTA-winning English director known for her work on Women Talking Dirty, The Virgin Queen, The Nativity and Penny Dreadful.
She is the elder sister of actress and presenter Mel Giedroyc.
Giedroyc grew up in Leatherhead, Surrey. Her father was Michal Giedroyc, a historian of Polish-Lithuanian descent from the princely Giedroyć family, who came to England in 1947; he died in December 2017. Her mother, Rosy, is of English descent. She attended Bristol University, where she first began to make films.
Giedroyc has directed several films, including Women Talking Dirty and Stella Does Tricks; she is best known for her work directing television dramas, which have included Wuthering Heights, The Virgin Queen, Oliver Twist, Fear of Fanny, Carrie's War, and three episodes of Blackpool.
In 2007 she was nominated, with Paula Milne and Paul Rutman, for a Best Drama Serial BAFTA Award for The Virgin Queen. In 2010, her directing work for the BBC television series The Nativity was praised by critics, although the story portrayed some controversial elements that caused debate between Christians due to its modern dramatisations of the birth of Christ.
Giedroyc directed A Study in Pink, originally filmed as a 60-minute pilot for the television series Sherlock, which was written by Steven Moffat. The BBC decided not to broadcast the episode because they wished to change the broadcast length to 90 minutes. However, the pilot was released on the DVD of the first series, and it proved to be slightly different from the final version. She has also directed BBC's The Hour and What Remains. Giedroyc directed two episodes of the 2014 Showtime horror television series Penny Dreadful.
On 20 December 2015, Giedroyc directed the live television production of The Sound of Music, starring Kara Tointon as Maria, and her sister Mel Giedroyc as Frau Schmidt. The two-and-a-half-hour ITV transmission was the first musical to be broadcast live on national television in the UK, and had a cast and crew of more than 400 and 177 costumes.
In 2018, it was announced Giedroyc would direct How to Build a Girl, based upon the novel of the same name by Caitlin Moran, who also wrote the film's screenplay alongside John Niven. Beanie Feldstein, Alfie Allen, Paddy Considine, Sarah Solemani, Joanna Scanlan, Arinze Kene and Frank Dillane will star in the film.
In June 2021, Giedroyc won her second BAFTA for Best Series for her work on Channel 4's Save Me Too, written and starring Lennie James.
Giedroyc married her first husband at 21, and had a son before divorcing. She remarried in 1998 to Sir Thomas Weyland Bowyer-Smyth, 15th Baronet, a BAFTA-winning production designer, with whom she has two children.
|1990||The Media Show||Episode: "DIY Media"|
|1992||TV Hell||TV special|
|1992||Rock Bottom||TV film|
|1995||Aristophanes: The Gods Are Laughing||TV film|
|1996–99||Murder Most Horrid||3 episodes|
|2000–02||Silent Witness||3 episodes|
|2001–03||Murder in Mind||2 episodes|
|2002||Helen West||Episode: "Shadow Play"|
|2004||Carrie's War||TV film|
|2004||William and Mary||2 episodes|
|2006||The Virgin Queen||2 episodes|
|2006||Fear of Fanny||TV film|
|2007||Oliver Twist||5 episodes|
|2009||Wuthering Heights||2 episodes|
|2010||Sherlock||Episode: "Unaired Pilot"|
|2010||The Nativity||4 episodes|
|2011||The Hour||2 episodes|
|2013||Spies of Warsaw||4 episodes|
|2013||What Remains||4 episodes|
|2014||Penny Dreadful||2 episodes|
|2014||The Killing||Episode: "Truth Asunder"|
|2014||Reckless||Episode: "Fifty-One Percent"|
|2018||Seven Seconds||1 episode|
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