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Tim Leandro

Senior Lecturer in Directing for Film and Television



Tim Leandro has been a director in television for 36 years.  Originally a video artist in the 80’s, Tim then moved into factual television, via ‘youth tv’, and documentaries at the BBC, before segueing into drama in the early 90s. Tim trained in drama direction at the BBC and has made dramas for all the main terrestrial broadcasters across a wide range of genres including children’s drama, soap, high-end drama, single films, series and serials. 

Tim is a two-time BAFTA nominee. His television drama credits include: Eastenders, Casualty, The Famous Five, Byker Grove, London’s Burning, The Bill, The Vice, North Square and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He also wrote and directed the feature-length drama, Justice in Wonderland and the award winning sci-fi short, Tomorrow Calling.

Tim has worked with an array of acting talent including, Helen McCrory, Charles Dance, Idris Elba, Martin Freeman, David Harewood, Patricia Hodge, and many others.

Tim lectures in directing for film and television, specialising in drama production. 

Research/Professional Practice


Tim holds an MA in screenwriting from Falmouth University. His final written piece for this was a television drama script entitled, Metacomet. This is a historical drama based on actual events and was the product of several years of research into the fraught relations between the English and Native Americans in new England in the 17th century.  Metacomet is a live project, presently seeking production finance.

Tim continues his professional practice as a working director and recently completed work on four episodes of Eastenders for BBC1, to be broadcast in September/October 2021.



Tim’s publications are in the form of over 150 episodes of television drama, plus short films and documentaries, produced over more than three decades working in industry.

Contact details

Mr Tim Leandro
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5978