Born in Newcastle, in the North of England, Neil Marshall first began making films at the age of 11 with his best friend Michael Johnson (who has since gone on to write Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes) and a Super 8mm camera. Driven by a love of all things cinematic, Neil went onto film school at Newcastle Polytechnic and worked for the next 8 years as an editor, during which time he continued to write and develop his own projects.
Neil's debut feature, the horror/comedy Dog Soldiers was released across the UK in 2002 to outstanding reviews and has since gone onto gain a strong and loyal fan-base in the UK and US. He followed this up with the critically-acclaimed The Descent in 2005 which won the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film, the BIF Award for Best Director, and the EMPIRE award for Best Horror Film, among others. Horror website, "Shock 'Til You Drop" named The Descent the number one horror film of the decade. Keeping up a steady pace, Neil completed Doomsday (2008) and Centurion (2010), packing in high action and adventure along with success at the box office, DVD sales and Video on Demand.
In 2011, Neil was approached by HBO to direct the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, season 2. - "Blackwater." It was first broadcast in May 2012 to rapturous reviews and he was brought back to the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning GOT in 2014 to direct "The Watchers on the Wall" for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series.
Neil did principal photography on the feature film reboot Hellboy for Millennium/Lionsgate, which was released in January 2019. His directing work can also be seen in the epic pirate dramatic series Black Sails for Starz, as well as the series Constantine, Hannibal, Timeless and Westworld with Anthony Hopkins.