Beginning his career with high profile documentaries, Mike Eley followed a somewhat unconventional path into narrative feature films and television drama. In 2000, he worked on Ken Loach’s THE NAVIGATORS and then in 2002, he shot the documentary feature TOUCHING THE VOID with director Kevin McDonald, winning a BIFA Award that year for Best Technical Achievement.
He has collaborated many times with director Susanna White, most notably on BBC’s JANE EYRE, for which Mike received an Emmy Award nomination and won the RTS Award for Best Cinematography. In 2007, Eley shot the HBO film GREY GARDENS with director Michael Sucsy, for which he earned his second Emmy nomination. In 2009, he re-teamed with Susanna White for the feature film NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS and then again worked with White in 2011 on the BBC/HBO production of PARADE’S END, garnering his third Emmy award nomination.
In 2012, Eley shot Clio Barnard’s acclaimed feature THE SELFISH GIANT, for which he won a Best Cinematography Award from the Dinard Film Festival. Eley’s work on THE LOST HONOUR OF CHRISTOPHER JEFFERIES for director Roger Michell, earned him both BAFTA and RTS awards.
Recent credits include Simon Aboud’s feature THE BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC, and Roger Michell’s MY COUSIN RACHEL, prior to reteaming once again with Susanna White on WOMAN WALKS AHEAD. His latest feature film, THE WHITE CROW, directed by Ralph Fiennes, tells the story of famed ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolph Nureyev’s defection from the Soviet Union.
A resident of the United Kingdom, Eley currently serves as President of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC).