James Thomas Watkins (born 20 May 1973 in Nottingham) is an English film director and screenwriter, best known for directing The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe: a worldwide box office smash, The Woman in Black is the most financially successful British horror film since records began.
He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed thriller Eden Lake, starring Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly. It won Best Horror Film at the 2009 Empire Awards, the Jury Prize at Sitges Fantasy Festival and Best Director at Fantasporto. He was nominated for the Douglas Hickox Award at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards.
He has written scripts for Warner Bros, Working Title, Film4 and BBC Films.