Dermott Downs

Dermott Downs (born May 25, 1962) is an American television director, actor, producer and cinematographer.

Dermott Downs
Born (1962-05-25) May 25, 1962
Other namesDermott Daniel Downs
OccupationTelevision director, actor, producer, cinematographer
Years active1972–present

He is well known for his work on the U.S. remake of The Tomorrow People, and for his vast contributions to The CW's Arrowverse.


Downs first started his career as a child actor; appearing in such films as The Morning After, Escape to Witch Mountain, and Freaky Friday.[1]

In his adulthood, he segued into cinematography; working on films Secret Lies and Takedown, and television series CSI: Miami, CSI: New York and Justice, among others.[1][2]

He later began a career in directing. First helming an episode of a series he was doing photography work on; Justice. Since then he has directed installments of Close to Home, K-Ville, Dark Blue, Nikita, Common Law, Gotham, Criminal Minds, and Supergirl.[1][2]


In 2010, Downs became a producer and director on the NBC series Chase. Ultimately, he helmed 6 episodes of the 18-episode first season.[1][2]

The Tomorrow People

In summer 2013, he joined The CW series The Tomorrow People, as a director of photography and director. During the course of the series' one-season run he directed 4 installments ("Sitting Ducks", "Superhero", "Smoke and Mirrors", "Kill Switch").[1][2]


The Flash

After having had worked for Greg Berlanti on Tomorrow People, Berlanti brought Downs on to his new DC Comics superhero series The Flash. Downs directed the freshman season's fifth episode, "Plastique", featuring the introduction of the titular villainess. He returned to helm "Grodd Lives", the season one finale "Fast Enough", the second season's seventh installment, "Gorilla Warfare", the third season's eighth, thirteenth, fourteenth and seventeenth installments, "Invasion!", "Attack on Gorilla City", "Attack on Central City", and "Duet".[3]


Downs also worked on Flash sister-series Arrow, directing the season three episodes "The Return" and "The Offer"; as well as the season five episode "Penance".

Legends of Tomorrow

In early 2015, Downs directed a 3-minute network presentation for future Flash/Arrow spin-off DC's Legends of Tomorrow. It was shot over the course of one night. The footage ultimately clinched the series order for the show in May 2015. Downs was later confirmed to return as a director for the first season.[4] His first episode was the third, "Blood Ties".[5] He went on to direct the fifth episode, "Fail-Safe"; and the first-season finale, "Legendary". He directed the season two premiere, "Out of Time", and the ninth installment, "Raiders of the Lost Art".[6]


Dermott Down also directed several episodes of The CW show Supergirl including season 1 episodes "Fight or Flight", "For the Girl Who Has Everything", "Solitude" and season 3 episodes "Far From the Tree" and "Not Kansas".

Doom Patrol

Dermott Downs directed two episodes of the DC Universe show "Doom Patrol" including the season 1 episodes "Donkey Patrol", "Danny Patrol" and "Ezekiel Patrol".


Dermott Downs directed one episode of The CW show "Batwoman" including the season 1 episode "Down, Down, Down".


  1. "Dermott Downs Celebrity". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  2. "Dermott Downs". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  3. "(#207) "Gorilla Warfare"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. Burlingame, Russ (September 13, 2015). "Legends of Tomorrow's Phil Klemmer on Fighting Nazis, Killing Characters and The Time Masters' Secret Agenda". Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  5. Guggenheim, Marc (October 5, 2015). "Legends Ep. 103 begins production today". Twitter. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  6. Lotz, Caity (July 13, 2016). "Yay! Top secret stuff inside @cw_legendsoftomorrow". Twitter. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
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