Accomplished director and impresario of the English stage and noted director of British TV turned busy journeyman helmer of American episodic TV. Carson built a strong reputation in his native England for his inventive staging of both traditional and contemporary theater. He founded the London Theater Company and the Direct Theater Company and served as the artistic director of two regional theaters at Leeds and Canterbury. Carson was also a leading director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He worked extensively in Britsh TV, notably on the "Sherlock Holmes" series in the mid-1980s, and directed numerous music videos. Carson came to Hollywood in 1989 and quickly demonstrated a propensity for thoughtful sci-fi with several episodes of "Alien Nation." He demonstrated diversity as a helmer of episodes of "L.A. Law," "Doogie Howser M.D.," "Northern Exposure" and "Homefront."