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Karl Neilson (born 1971 in Liverpool) has directed 181 episodes of EastEnders since September 2001, them including eight double episodes, three co-directed episodes with Sean O'Connor and one live episode. He took a minor break in 2008 but returned the following year. Beforehand in the late 1990s, Karl worked as the third, before graduating to the second, assistant director on the show. He also directed episodes three and five of the spin-off series Kat and Alfie: Redwater in 2017.

After initially working as a van driver, he returned to full-time education with a Media Production Bachelor of Arts course at Bournemouth University. He has worked on shows such as Family Affairs, Minder, The Bill, Casualty, Holby City, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

Episodes directed by Karl Neilson

2000s

2001 (4 episodes)

2002 (15 episodes)

2003 (16 episodes)

2004 (4 episodes)

2005 (16 episodes)

2006 (14 episodes)

2007 (9 episodes)

2009 (7 episodes)

2010s

2010 (15 episodes)

2011 (20 episodes)

2012 (18 episodes)

2013 (11 episodes)

2014 (4 episodes)

2015 (5 episodes)

2016 (4 episodes)

2017 (10 episodes)

2018 (9 episodes)

Kat and Alfie: Redwater

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