Brought up in Algeria (North Africa) and Scotland, Steel is a London-based Director of Photography who has garnered great acclaim for his work on the first season of the high profile UK television series, Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neil, directed by Otto Bathurst.
Steel’s television credits include the groundbreaking Channel Four drama Cast Offs, directed by Miranda Bowen, with whom he reteamed for a major two-part feature length adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, Women In Love, starring Rory Kinnear and Rosamund Pike. He also lensed the acclaimed miniseries, The Honourable Woman, directed by Hugo Blick, starring Maggie Gyllenhall, as well as the feature film, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, directed by Tom Harper, starring Helen McCrory, for Exclusive Media. Next up, his work can be seen in the epic mini-series from BBC and the Weinstein Co., War and Peace.
With more than fifteen years of experience in film, Steel started his career as camera assistant working on such high profile films as Anthony Mingella’s Cold Mountain, and the Lee Tamahori – directed James Bond film, Die Another Day. He moved swiftly up the ranks to Director of Photography and has shot a number of major international advertising campaigns for Sony, Canon, HSBC, together with many UK commercials for Toyota, Vodafone and Nokia, and over a hundred music videos. Steel won a cinematography award at the International Craft Awards for the Philips short film El Secreto De Mateo.