Conroy’s father, also a DP, taught him that the key to success is working harder than anyone else. “Talent helps, but it’s your work ethic that separates you in the long term,” Conroy Jr. says. “He also taught me to listen more than talk.”
Conroy began as a loader on his dad’s sets at the age of 12. More recently, his work on “Penny Dreadful” was nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers award. He teamed with director-lead actor Rupert Everett on “The Happy Prince,” which depicts events in the life of Oscar Wilde and is prepping “Yardie,” set in Jamaica in the 1970s, with director Idris Elba. Other credits include the series “Broadchurch” and “Luther,” the latter nominated for an Emmy Award last year.
“For me, it’s all about being original and very visual in the filming,” he says. “I operate the camera, and that’s crucial, because for me – the, the framing, the lighting, the movement — it’s all one. You’re more free to go with your instincts rather than having to follow a predetermined plan. Sometimes, when it’s right for the material, I’m happy just roaming with the camera.”
“Jamestown,” an eight-episode drama set in 1617 America and shot by Conroy, premieres in the U.K. in May.
Rep: Sandra Marsh & Associates
Highlight: “Penny Dreadful”