Stefan Schwartz

Last updated 09 January 2020

Stefan Schwartz
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Stefan Schwartz

Born: Wednesday 1st May 1963 (age: 59)


Stefan Schwartz is an English/Canadian film and television director/writer plus a former actor, most known for the feature film Shooting Fish and his work for the BBC on SpooksLuther and Dexter.

Stefan Schwartz teamed up with Richardinho Holmes at York University and formed The Gruber Brothers. The duo made a number of films together including, Bonded, broadcast on BBC 2, and the award-winning short The Lake starring Frances Barber. Stefan made his feature film debut with Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1992) starring Peter Capaldi and Phyllis Logan, which went on to win two BAFTA’s in Scotland and the London Film Festival’s prestigious audience award. Building on this success in 1995 he directed Giving Tongue, shown as part of BBC2′s Wicked Women series and in 1996 wrote and directed Shooting Fish, a crime-caper comedy starring Kate Beckinsale which won several awards and made over twenty million dollars worldwide.

He then signed a three-year deal to write and direct for Miramax and wrote screenplays for them, teaming up with notable producers such as Laurence Bender and Jennifer and Suzanne Todd before directing The Abduction Club (2001) for Pathe Films.

His next film as writer/director was the romantic comedy The Best Man starring Stuart Townsend, Amy Smart and Seth Green in 2004.

In television he directed Hustle, the award winning Spooks and The Ghost Train for Lynda La Plante before moving on to the ground-breaking series, Luther, for the BBC. In the US he has directed several episodes of the critically acclaimed Crash with Dennis Hopper, joined the Starz series Camelot, which he directed for and also co-executive produced, and directed for the much praised Dexter series.

After finishing Being Human for the Syfy Stefan directed in the final season of House and worked in New York on White Collar. He then went back to Showtime for another episode of Dexter. He is currently working in Paris with Jean Reno on the series "Jo" (working title). His next project is "The Walking Dead".

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