Simon Neal



Simon directed Channel 4’s BAFTA winning sitcom Chewing Gum, starring Michaela Coel. The Evening Standard called it ‘Magnificently filthy wit’ and it was proclaimed by The Guardian to be ‘The future of comedy’. The series has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where it is described as ‘absurdly brilliant’.

Further TV credits include Doughnuts, a half-hour single comedy starring Adeel Akhtar, and the acclaimed comedy drama series Youngers, praised by the Observer as ‘Tender, topical, truthful. A gem’.

Simon’s first TV commercial was a PSA for Cancer Research UK, which won him Best New Director at the British Arrows Craft Awards. He has since built an extensive portfolio of advertising work for some of the world’s leading brands, including McDonalds, KFC, British Airways, and Land Rover.

His short film Washdays won Best Film at Rushes Soho Shorts, Special Jury prize at Austin International Film Festival and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.  Rue Boy, a spoken word film co-written with  actor Calvin Demba, was broadcast in 5 parts by Channel 4 in their Random Acts strand, and is currently in development as a series.

Simon’s latest work for television is Sneakerheads, a sitcom about a bunch of unathletic slackers working gin a sports shop, starring Hugo Chegwin, Lucia Keskin, Francesca Mills and Big Zuu. It’s streaming on UKTV now.

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