|Years active 1988–present|
Siblings Mel Giedroyc
Name Coky Giedroyc
|Full Name Mary Rose Helen Giedroyc|
Born 1962 (age 52–53)Hong Kong
Occupation Film directortelevision director
Spouse(s) Sir Thomas Weyland Bowyer-Smyth, 15th Baronet (m. 1998)
Relatives Mel Giedroyc (sister)Philip Parham (brother-in-law)
Nieces Vita Morris, Florence Morris
Nominations British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Serial
Movies The Virgin Queen, Women Talking Dirty, Stella Does Tricks, Carrie's War, Mary Shelley's Monster
Similar People Mel Giedroyc, Paula Milne, Anne‑Marie Duff, Hans Matheson, Alun Armstrong
Upcoming movie Mary Shelley's Monster
The Sound Of Music Live! wins Director - Multi-Camera | BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2016
Mary Rose Helen "Coky" Giedroyc, Lady Bowyer-Smyth (; born 1962) is a BAFTA-nominated English director known for her work on Women Talking Dirty, The Virgin Queen, The Nativity and Penny Dreadful. She is the elder sister of actress and presenter Mel Giedroyc.
- The Sound Of Music Live wins Director Multi Camera BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2016
- Andy Gathergood THE HOUR Dir Coky Giedroyc
- Personal life
Andy Gathergood 'THE HOUR' Dir: Coky Giedroyc
Giedroyc grew up in Leatherhead, Surrey. Her father is Michal Giedroyc, a historian of Polish-Lithuanian descent from the princely Giedroyć family, who came to England in 1947. She attended Bristol University, where she first began making films.
Giedroyc married her first husband at 21, and had a son before divorcing. She remarried in 1998 to Sir Thomas Weyland Bowyer-Smyth, 15th Baronet, a BAFTA-winning production designer, with whom she has two children.
Giedroyc has directed several films, including Women Talking Dirty and Stella Does Tricks; she is best known for her work directing television dramas, which have included Wuthering Heights, The Virgin Queen, Oliver Twist, Fear of Fanny, Carrie's War, and three episodes of Blackpool.
In 2007 she was nominated, with Paula Milne and Paul Rutman, for a Best Drama Serial BAFTA Award for The Virgin Queen. In 2010, her directing work for the BBC television series The Nativity was praised by critics, although the story portrayed some controversial elements that caused debate between Christians due to its modern dramatisations of the birth of Christ.
Giedroyc directed A Study in Pink, originally filmed as a 60-minute pilot for the television series Sherlock, which was written by Steven Moffat. The BBC decided not to broadcast the episode because they wished to change the broadcast length to 90 minutes. However, the pilot was released on the DVD of the first series, and it proved to be slightly different from the final version. She has also directed BBC's The Hour and What Remains. Giedroyc directed two episodes of the 2014 Showtime horror television series Penny Dreadful.
On 12 August 2014, Deadline reported that Giedroyc would direct the upcoming biopic Mary Shelley's Monster. The film starred Sophie Turner as the famed Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, Taissa Farmiga as Shelley's stepsister Claire Clairmont, and Jeremy Irvine as Shelley's husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. The film has been described as "a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger."
On 20 December 2015, Giedroyc directed the live television production of The Sound of Music, starring Kara Tointon as Maria, and her sister Mel Giedroyc as Frau Schmidt. The two-and-a-half-hour ITV transmission was the first musical to be broadcast live on national television in the UK, and had a cast and crew of more than 400 and 177 costumes.