Michael Lacey

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Michael Lacey is an award-winning director for television series drama. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan Film School, Michael began his career directing for ITV’s Emmerdale, where he has directed over 100 episodes and won the hat trick of BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast Awards in 2017 for his outstanding Emmerdale episode dealing with the issue of sexual abuse of Aaron Dingle. Michael went on to direct episodes of ITV’s Coronation Street and was most recently nominated for a BRITISH SOAP AWARD for his Emmerdale episode dealing with Marlon Dingle’s (Mark Charnock) sudden stroke in 2022. Most recently, Michael has been directing regular episodes for prime-time medical dramas Casualty and Holby City for BBC1 Drama.


Website: www.laceydirector.com

Broadcast Award 2023: Winner Best soap/continuing drama: Emmerdale
Director of the initial episode in which Marlon suffers a stroke (details here).
British Soap Award:
Emmerdale: Best Single Episode – Marlon’s Stroke
BAFTA Award 2022: Nomination Casualty: Best Soap & Continuing Drama
Director of episode submitted
BAFTA Award 2020: Nomination Coronation Street – The Death of Sinead Osbourne: Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment of the Year
BAFTA Award 2020: Nomination Holby City: Best Soap & Continuing Drama
Director of episodes submitted
BAFTA Award: Winner Emmerdale: Best Continuing Drama episode (2017)
RTS Award: Winner Emmerdale: Best Continuing Drama episode (2017)
Broadcast Award: Winner Emmerdale: Best Continuing Drama episode (2017)
British Soap Award: Winner Emmerdale: Most Spectacular Scene of the Year
John Barton’s exit
Casualty Director for 10 x 60 minute episodes of the prime-time medical drama (2019-present)
Prod: Dafydd Llewelyn / Series Prod: Loretta Preece
Holby City Director for 8 x 60 minute episodes of the prime-time medical drama (2018-present)
Coronation Street ITV Studios/ITV1
Director for the prime-time continuing drama series
80+ episodes
Episodes include:
Climax of Sinead’s death to cervical cancer
Climax of Bethany Platt grooming storyline
Kylie Platt’s Funeral 
Truck Crash / discovery of Callum’s body
Emmerdale ITV Studios/ITV1
Director for the long-running drama
100+ episodes
Episodes include:
Maya’s grooming of teenager Jacob
Aaron tells Chas about historic sexual abuse
Chas’s murder trial
John Barton’s death – car crash on to cliff edge
Zak reveal – Cain whodunit
Whitby location special – Jackson’s sky dive and fishing trip
Jackson’s death – aftermath
Paddy and Marlon’s Big Night In ITV Studios
Feature-length Emmerdale spin-off film DVD Exclusive
Short Films:
Grace’s Story 20-minute drama short film starring Pauline Quirke
Uncompressed 4k
Shortlisted: Leeds International Film Festival
Touch Down British Film Council
10-minute drama short film
Super 16mm
Shortlisted at various international film festivals
Commercials / Corporate Videos:
Original Source
Swissport III Kings
British Gas
John Lewis – Kitchens
John Lewis – Men’s fashion
John Lewis – Connectivity