Nicholas Hamm was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended University of Manchester, receiving his B.A. in English and Philosophy.
Hamm began his career on the London fringe before becoming resident director of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he worked with contemporary playwrights, notably Howard Barker, Edward Bond and Arthur Miller. He also collaborated with Miller on the drama documentary The Bottom Line, starring Dustin Hoffman.
Hamm’s early accolades include BAFTA award-winner The Harmfulness of Tobacco starring Edward Fox, the BBC’s Play on One starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Colin Firth, Miramax’s Talk of Angels starring Polly Walker and Vincent Perez, and Film Four’s Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence written by Peter Morgan and starring Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, and Tom Hollander.
Hamm went on to direct the cult-classic The Hole, starring Thora Birch and Keira Knightley. Followed by Lionsgate’s thriller Godsend, starring Robert DeNiro and Greg Kinnear. Hamm later produced and directed the U2-centric comedy, Killing Bono for Paramount Pictures and Northern Ireland Screen, starring Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan and Pete Postelwaite. For American television, Hamm has produced and directed AT&T’s Audience Network thriller Rogue, and served as showrunner on Full Circle.
In 2016, Hamm directed and produced The Journey, which premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and later at TIFF. The film, starring Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, is a fictionalized account of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness’ political reconciliation and garnered critical acclaim upon release, winning Meany the IFTA award for Best Lead Actor.
In 2018, Hamm premiered his next feature, Driven, at the 75th Venice Film Festival, this time as the closing film. Driven, starring Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Corey Stoll and Judy Greer, follows the relationship between John DeLorean and his neighbor-turned FBI informant, Jim Hoffman. Driven was also a special presentation at TIFF and bowed theatrically on August 16th, 2019 under the Universal Entertainment banner.
In 2019, Hamm directed the pilot and three subsequent episodes of Netflix’s White Lines, by Alex Pina – a series about a Mancunian DJ who mysteriously disappears in Ibiza. The show premiered on Netflix in Spring 2020 and received rave reviews, quickly charting its way to becoming one of the most watched shows on Netflix.
In 2020, Hamm formed the London-and L.A.-based entertainment entertainment company, Free Turn, with his brother Jon.
In 2021, Hamm directed and produced his latest feature film, Gigi & Nate, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Diane Ladd, Charlie Rowe and Josephine Langford. The film follows a young man who finds hope in an animal friend after a freak accident leaves him paralyzed.
Hamm is currently in preproduction on his next feature – a historical epic set in Switzerland, Wilhelm Tell.