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Mike began his career shooting documentaries before branching into features and television drama. His track record is testament to a career-long pursuit of creative collaborations and distinctive storytelling.

His documentary experience came to the fore in Kevin Macdonald’s 2003 feature-doc ‘Touching The Void’ for which Mike won a BIFA for Best Technical Achievement.

Mike has been nominated three times for an EMMY in the Outstanding Cinematography in a Miniseries or Movie category:
The BBC’s 2006 adaptation of ‘Jane Eyre’ directed by Susanna White starring Ruth Wilson
HBO’s 2009 film ‘Grey Gardens’ directed by Michael Sucsy and starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore;
The BBC/HBO 2013 miniseries ‘Parade’s End’, directed by Susanna White featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

In 2015, Mike won a BAFTA for his work on the ITV film ‘The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies’ directed by Roger Michell and with whom Mike forged a close working relationship, lensing his features ‘My Cousin Rachel’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘The Duke’.

In recent years, Mike has collaborated with directors Ralph Fiennes (‘The White Crow’), Simon Stone (‘The Dig’) and Stephen Frears (‘State of The Union’, Seasons 1 & 2)

2024 will see the release of the NETFLIX feature ‘The Beautiful Game’, directed by Thea Sharrock and ‘Anna’, an independent feature directed by James Strong about the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Mike has picked up several Royal Television Society (RTS) awards in their Photography - Drama category, plus a Prix De L’Image award at the Dinard Film Festival for ‘The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies’.

Mike was President of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) from 2017 to 2021

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