Jo is an award-winning director across Film and TV. Having directed numerous and critically acclaimed short films, through Directors UK she undertook shadow directing mentorships on the hit shows KILLING EVE for the BBC (under Jon East), and TRIGGER POINT for ITV (under Jennie Darnell) on which she performed second unit services.

Jo most recently directed CALL THE MIDWIFE for BBC | Neal Street Productions.

As a very collaborative director, she has also developed a production slate of her own.

“I grew up watching Star Wars, reading mythology, loving film and wanting to live in the worlds created on screen.”


Jo has several interesting co-productions in development. Her passion for human led, emotionally driven stories lay the foundations of her work.

Jo was born in Northampton and holds a PGCE in Secondary Education, BA Hons in Theology & Media and a Post Graduate Diploma in Screen Acting.

Jo runs her own production company – Aston Productions.

What have you been proudest to direct?

Over the last few months there have been two very different projects – ECHO. This film allowed me the opportunity to film underwater at Pinewood and develop a VFX character.. The other is my episode of Call the Midwife for Neal Street Productions.


Who is the most inspiring director you’ve worked with?

As a shadow director on Killing Eve, I have the pleasure of being mentored by Jon East. From pre-production – shoot then to post; Jon gifted me time to learn how he prepares – how to look at a script and plan for your shoot…it was an invaluable experience and I am forever thankful to Jon, Directors UK and Sid Gentle…

During the pandemic, Jennie Darnell was my mentor through the Inspire Programme for Female Directors. Jennie allowed me the opportunity to work as second unit on Trigger Point and really get to grips with directing action and thrillers…


What do you do to look after yourself?

Run. Weight training. Netball. Walk. Time with my dog, ponies and family.


How would your closest friend describe you?

Innovative, intuitive, inclusive


Who would be your dream directing role?

I’d love to direct a big fantasy feature film for global audiences…


I switch off on a Friday night with …

Enjoying a great meal with my nearest and dearest.


What’s your passion?

I am passionate about film making, fitness, travel and my family. 

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