Born and raised in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Jon S Baird has spent his career collaborating with a host of legendary producers including; Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, Jim Carrey, Mick Jagger, alongside a myriad of award-winning actors. He began his filmmaking journey at BBC Television and quickly progressed through the ranks to become one of Britain’s most exciting directorial talents.
His sophomore feature Filth (2013), which he also wrote, directed and produced, was based on the bestselling novel by Irvine Welsh and starred James McAvoy. Filth won numerous awards and played at several international film festivals. Filth is in the top ten highest grossing UK 18 certificates of all time.
In 2014, Jon directed the television drama Babylon for Channel 4, which was produced by Academy Award Winner, Danny Boyle. He was approached by HBO in 2015 to direct an episode of the Martin Scorsese / Mick Jagger produced show Vinyl, created by Terence Winter. In 2016 he directed the second episode of I’m Dying Up Here for Showtime, produced by Jim Carrey. In 2018 he directed Stan & Ollie; a feature film about comedy legends Laurel and Hardy, starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly for eOne and BBC Films.
In early 2023, Jon released his television series Stonehouse for ITV starring Matthew McFayden and Keeley Hawes. It is a show that dramatises the endlessly entertaining story of inept and disgraced MP John Stonehouse who disappeared from a Miami beach during the 1970s in a supposed fatality.
Soon after, his biographical drama Tetris aired on Apple TV. It stars Taron Egerton and Toby Jones and tells the true story of the high-stakes legal battle to secure the intellectual property rights to the iconic game Tetris.
Since joining Mermates, Jon has kickstarted his commercial career with an Alzheimers UK charity film featuring a host of high calibre celebrity talent including Carey Mulligan.