Jon S. Baird was born and raised in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Baird has worked with producers including; Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, Jim Carrey, Mick Jagger, and a host of award-winning actors. He began his career at BBC television and quickly progressed through the ranks to become one of Britain’s most exciting directorial talents.
Baird’s sophomore feature Filth (2013), which he also wrote, directed and produced, was based on the best selling 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, Baird 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 Baird directed Stan & Ollie; a feature film about comedy legends Laurel and Hardy, starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly for eOne and BBC Films. Jon has been confirmed to direct the fourth instalment of the Kingsman trilogy previously directed by Matthew Vaughan. Since joining Mermates, he has kick started his commercial career with an Alzheimers UK charity film featuring a host of high calibre celebrity talent.