Growing up in Northern Ireland, Michael developed a keen interest in films from an early age. He started his Directing career in 2008, with his first short, 'Rip and the Preacher', which was selected by the British Council to tour over twenty festivals worldwide.
He then went on to complete an MA in Directing at the National Film and Television School. Whilst there, he made “The Back of Beyond” which was nominated for a European Film Award. He also won 1st place at the Kodak Student Commercials Competition with a spot for Saga Holidays.
After winning a BAFTA in 2015, 'Booglaoo and Graham’(the tale about two brothers and their pet chickens) was nominated for Best Short Film at the Oscars. Michael then went on to direct the Feature Film ‘A Patch of Fog’ starring Stephen Graham and Conleth Hill for Goldcrest and Northern Ireland Screen.
In early 2017 Michael directed the 1st series of the acclaimed TV Comedy; Derry Girls, for Channel 4. It became a huge hit and was picked up for a 2nd series, with Michael directing. The series aired in 2019 and was been nominated for, and has won, numerous awards, including Best Comedy at the IFTA.
Most recently, Derry Girls was nominated for Best Scripted Comedy at the BAFTA’s and has now been commissioned for a 3rd series which began filming at the end of 2019. Due to its huge success, Derry Girls has recently been bought by Netflix.