Toby Wilkins was born and raised in London, England, the youngest son of playwright and novelist Christopher Wilkins and artist Dorothy Wilkins. Following in the footsteps of his brother, Academy Award-winning film mixer Ben Wilkins, Toby relocated to Los Angeles in the mid 1990s to pursue a career in the film industry.
With an extensive background in design, visual effects, and post-production, Wilkins has been bringing his unique vision to feature films, television, and short-form content for the big and small screens for over two decades.
His feature debut SPLINTER won six ScreamFest Awards including Best Director and Best Picture, a Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film, and a nomination for Best Horror Movie at the Spike TV Scream Awards. SPLINTER received rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, The Daily Telegraph, USA Today, Variety, Ain’t It Cool News, KCRW, LA Weekly, and a Rotten Tomatoes “Top Critics” score of 82%.
Wilkins’ first foray into TV came in 2011 when he directed three episodes of MTV’s TEEN WOLF. He was subsequently picked by creator Ben Ketai to direct the entire third season of his Sony/Crackle action thriller CHOSEN. He has directed second unit on major network pilots, most recently Fox’s THE GIFTED.
Wilkins’ early works have been entertaining audiences since 1999, receiving recognition at the world’s most prestigious film festivals including multiple Sundance Film Festival premieres such as award winning thriller STARING AT THE SUN which brought his distinctive style to the attention of horror legend Sam Raimi who shepherded Wilkins, culminating in his second feature, THE GRUDGE 3.
In addition to directing, Wilkins has served as producer, cinematographer, visual effects supervisor and artist, on film projects with directors ranging from indie first-timers to A-listers. Also an accomplished editor, Wilkins’ credits include the award-winning horror film BENEATH, two seasons of Sony’s CHOSEN, and two seasons of STARTUP (all for long time collaborator Ben Ketai) as well as many short films for himself and other filmmakers.