Jim Clay

Production Designers

Born in England’s North Yorkshire, Clay originally studied Architecture before joining the BBC Television Art Department in the 1970s.  As a Production Designer, Clay passionately believes in the quality of design and sees his role as helping to create the psychological climate for a director’s narrative. This principle is evident throughout a diverse body of work that ranges from the fanciful design of the BBC classic The Singing Detective – which earned him his first  BAFTA nomination, to the starkly realistic dystopian world of Alfonso Cuaròn’s, Children of Men, which garnered a nomination from the Art Directors Guild and earned him a BAFTA award.

Some of Clay’s credits include such exemplary films as Woody Allen’s Matchpoint and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, Chris and Paul Weitz’s About a Boy, Atom Agoyan’s Felicia’s Journey, Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, John Madden’s The Debt, and Great Expectations with director Mike Newell.  His recent work includes Red 2 for director Dean Parisot, and John Crowley’s Closed Circuit. Clay just completed Simon Curtis’ Woman in Gold, based on true story of a Jewish refugee fighting to reclaim Gustave Klimt paintings that belonged to her family.


Artemis Fowl

Jim's Work

Murder On The Orient Express
Murder On The Orient Express
Great Expectations
Great Expectations
Children of Men
Children of Men
Love Actually
Love Actually