Neasa is an award-winning Director and Screenwriter. She won a Best Director IFTA and BAFTA for episodes 3 & 4 of Happy Valley 2 (BBC One/Red Productions) which tx’d at the beginning of 2016. Neasa was also nominated for the 2017 Best Director IFTA for episodes 4 (‘You, Me and Us’) and 5 (‘The It Girl’) of the new Amazon series Z: The Beginning of Everything, tracing the life of 1920s flapper, artist and writer Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, starring Christina Ricci. Now available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Prior to Happy Valley, Neasa directed the first series of BBC One drama In The Club, penned by Kay Mellor OBE, as well as the season finale of BAFTA-nominated thriller Scott & Bailey 4.
Having recently directed an episode of new series InHumans for Marvel/ABC, she is currently directing an episode of the second season of Jessica Jones for Marvel/Netflix.
Neasa’s also currently preparing to direct her award-winning original screenplay Sea Fever, produced by Fantastic Films, supported by Creative Europe and the Irish Film Board. She’s developing her second feature screenplay, Breakfast at the New Yorker, again supported by Creative Europe and the Irish Film Board. Produced by Deadpan Pictures, Breakfast at the New Yorker explores the life of writer and wit Maeve Brennan. In addition, the Irish Film Board is supporting Neasa in developing a realist sci-fi drama exploring the tantalising prospect of connection with another civilization.
Neasa’s work as Lead Director on all three series of BBC young people’s drama Tracy Beaker Returns resulted in a BAFTA in 2010, she received a further BAFTA nomination for the third series in 2012. She delivered the opening series of Totally Frank for Channel 4, before helming popular BBC shows Holby City and Casualty. Neasa’s two feature-length television dramas, School Run and The Naked Extremist / An Gaeilgeoir Nocht, were both nominated for Best Drama at the Irish Film & Television Awards.
Earlier in her career, Neasa’s award-winning short films screened in competition at A-list festivals across the world including the Berlinale, IFF Rotterdam and Palm Springs, winning distribution through Columbia Tristar. Neasa’s early work with RTE includes producing and directing over twenty documentaries, a number of entertainment shows and the Eurovision Song Contest. A graduate of the scholarship postgraduate programme at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Neasa’s PhD in Film is with Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Double First from the National College of Art and Design Ireland.
To find out more about Neasa, please visit her website, NeasaHardiman.com.
Neasa Hardiman is represented by Frances Arnold