Chris is a Cannes, Clio, Bafta award-winning British comedy writer and director who works in both live action and animation for film, TV and commercials. He has written or co-written almost all of the work he has directed, and frequently performs in it too. Having been a former cartoonist for The Times newspaper, he also designs the characters in his animated and puppet work.
Chris directed, co-wrote and co-created the hit adult puppet show Fur TV which won a Golden Rose of Montreux (Rose D’Or) for the BBC, and which was subsequently made into a series for MTV. The show was the most viewed show on MTV Online and became the most syndicated show in MTV Europe’s history - selling to over 55 countries.
Chris also wrote, directed and performed in a number of short films including the Bafta winning Dupe. His first feature film, A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (Film4, Warp Films, StudioCanal) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. The film was sold worldwide to 36 countries and the rights were subsequently purchased by Universal Pictures, who are remaking it as a scripted comedy feature to be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Fockers). Chris is an Executive Producer on the film.
Chris also created the Clio award-winning kid's cartoon show Tooned, as well as directing a number of award-winning, funny commercials for global brands such as Beats by Dr. Dre, Jameson Whisky, Vodafone and MTV.
He has directed and worked with a large number of well known British and American comedy talent including Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Alexander Armstrong (Pointless), Robert Webb (Peep Show), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno), Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris (Ladybird Books for Grown Ups), Neil Brennan (The Dave Chapelle Show), DeRay Davis (21 Jump Street), Phil Nichol (Perrier winning stand up comedian), Tony Law (stand up comedian), Julia Davis (Nighty Night, Hunderby) and Javone Prince (Phone Shop, The Javone Prince Show). He is also very experienced at getting comic performances from celebrity non-actors including world champion racing car drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button and global rap superstar Nicki Minaj.
Chris composes the music, theme tunes and songs for all his work, sometimes under the pseudonyms of The Existential Novelty Orchestra and Kid DJ (formerly Bad DJ), depending on the style of music required for a project.
Chris lives and works in London, but is frequently in New York and Los Angeles.