Nicholas Hamm was born on December 10, 1957 in Belfast, Northern Ireland to parents Marian and Patrick Hamm. He later 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. The latter which he would collaborate with again in his 1989 film directing debut, The Bottom Line, starring Dustin Hoffman.
Hamm continued to work in both television and film, most notably directing BAFTA award-winner The Harmfulness of Tobacco (1992), BBC’s Catherine Zeta-Jones and Colin Firth starrer Play on One, Miramax’s epic romance starring Polly Walker and Vincent Perez, Talk of Angels (1996), and Film Four’s Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (1998) starring Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, Tom Hollander and Monica Potter.
In 2001, Hamm directed cult-classic The Hole, starring Thora Birch and Keira Knightley, in her feature film debut. Hamm went on to direct Lionsgate’s thriller Godsend (2004), starring Robert DeNiro, Rebecca Romijn and Greg Kinnear. Hamm later produced and directed the 80’s U2-centric comedy, Killing Bono (2011) for Paramount Pictures and Northern Ireland Screen, starring Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan and Pete Postelwaite.
In 2010, Hamm formed his US-based television production company, Momentum TV, with development executive Sabrina Eisenstadt. Since its formation, Hamm has produced and directed DirecTV’s Audience Network thriller Rogue, starring Thandie Newton, and Full Circle, from acclaimed playwright Neil LaBute.
Hamm partnered again with Northern Ireland Screen in 2015 to produce and direct IM Global’s feature film, The Journey, a fictionalized account of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness’s political reconciliation, starring Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney as Paisley and McGuiness, respectively. The film garnered critical acclaim when it premiered at the 2016 Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, where it was acquired by IFC and released in to critical acclaim.
In late summer 2017, Hamm began filming Driven, collaborating again with The Journey‘s screenwriter, Colin Bateman. Driven follows the relationship between 1970’s maverick car designer John DeLorean and his neighbor-turned-FBI informant, Jim Hoffman during the rise and fall of the DeLorean Motor Company which eventually ended in DeLorean’s arrest for cocaine trafficking. The film starred Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer and Isabel Arraiza. Driven premiered as the closing film of the 75th Venice International Film Festival and was a special presentation at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Driven bowed theatrically on August 16th, 2019 under the Universal Home Pictures Entertainment banner.
In the summer and fall of 2019, Hamm directed the pilot and three subsequent episodes of Netflix’s White Lines, by Alex Pina – a limited series about a Mancunian DJ who disappeared on the island of Ibiza in the 90s.
He is presently in pre-production for his third collaboration with writer Colin Batema, Hotel Theresa, a period political feature film set in Harlem during the 1960s.