Alex Hardcastle is a television director and producer, who has worked on numerous television specials, series and documentaries in both England and the United States. He is best known for his directorial work on the American sitcoms The Office and Parks and Recreation.
Alex Hardcastle is an award-winning director of television and films. He has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy and drama including Robin Williams, Steve Carell, Daniel Radcliffe, Will Arnett, Rebel Wilson, Jon Hamm, Christian Slater, Amy Poehler, Louis CK, David Cross, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard and John Cleese.
Hardcastle's began his career during the mid-nineties producing British television documentaries such as In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross, as well as entertainment specials with Elton John, The Spice Girls and Rod Stewart, BBC1's Fame Academy, Comic Aid starring Simon Pegg, Dawn French, The League of Gentlemen and Eddie Izzard, Comic Relief and Live at the Apollo. He produced Lee Evans XL, one of the biggest selling stand-up DVD's of all time, as well as Lee Mack Live, Dara O Briain: Live at the Theatre Royal and Jack Dee Live Again.
Hardcastle turned to directing in the 2000s with series including the critically acclaimed Lead Balloon (BBC2), the award winning School of Comedy (Channel 4) and BBC1's smash-hit series Not Going Out (now in its 6th season), which won The Rose D'Or at The Montreaux Television Festival and is shown in over 120 countries.
Recently he has made a name for himself directing episodes of American comedies series such as The Office, Parks and Recreation, Running Wilde, Suburgatory, The Middle, The Mindy Project, Trophy Wife, How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, the Christian Slater action comedy Breaking In and the David Cross and Will Arnett comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.
In 2013 Alex also shot the pilot SPY starring Rob Corddry & Ken Jeong for ABC, the new ensemble comedy Mixology, and is set to shoot New Girl and the season finale of Suburgatory.
In 2012 he filmed "A Young Doctor's Notebook" starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, which premiered on Sky Arts and is the highest rated show in the history of the channel. The show is nominated for Best Film at the Shanghai Film Festival, and Best Comedy at the Broadcast Digital Awards.
Alex was nominated for Best Director at the American TV Awards 2012 for his work on "Suburgatory", and is selected as Rising Star of Tomorrow by "Screen International" 2013.