eToro / Barber
eToro / Barber

MISHA MANSON-SMITH

Barber
Brand: eToro
One of the Gang
Brand: CLIC Sargent
Online Checkout
Brand: Google Analytics
Double Act, My Life as a Splactor
Brand: Kit Kat
No Offence
Brand: Channel 4

BIO

Misha is a BAFTA-nominated director and writer, who works across comedy, high end drama and commercials in the UK and US.

He started out as an editor (BAFTA nominated for that too!) and soon moved into directing some of the most celebrated TV series of recent years, from comedy shows My New Best Friend (C4), La La Land (Showtime) and Pramface (BBC3), to collaborating with A-list writers like Paul Abbott on primetime drama series such as the multi-award winning No Offence (C4) and Ordinary Lies (BBC One).

His first ad was the award-winning Google ‘Online Checkout In Real Life’. To fit with Google's own very particular sensibility, the spots had to be cast and directed with wit, charm and an understated naturalism. As long time fans of his TV work, particularly in comedy, Misha was the perfect fit and he came on board to both write and direct.

Misha has gone on to direct numerous commercials that span the deadpan surrealism of Kit Kat ‘Splactor’, to the bittersweet, naturalistic Clic Sargent ‘One Of The Gang’ (which picked up numerous awards including a Gold for Film Craft:Acting at the New York Festivals).

Perhaps the best example of Misha’s ability to combine cinematic flair, laugh out loud comedy, emotionally powerful performance and razor sharp A-list casting is Barbados, his short film starring Michael Sheen. It’s six minutes of cinematic gold you’ll never forget.

In addition to Mr Sheen, Misha has coaxed incredible performances from some of the biggest names in comedy and drama; Sharon Horgan, Daniel Kaluuya, John Goodman, Julia Davis, Patrick Stewart, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jenna Coleman, Matt Berry, David Tennant, Mark Strong, Ben Chaplin, The Hoff, Craig Roberts, Marc Wootton, Rebekah Staton, Anna Chancellor and Olly Alexander (from The Years and Years) to name just a few.

His latest TV epic is the mega budget virtual reality thriller Kiss Me First for Netflix and Channel 4. Written by the creator of Skins, it launches in 2018, but there’ll be an eye-popping trailer on Misha’s reel soon enough!

Misha was born to be a Rogue and we’ll have him here forever – although he works with Will Ferrell, who we’d have to take in a straight swap, which I’m sure he’d understand.