Sir John Christian William Birkin, 6th Baronet is a famous TV comedy director who worked on Mr. Bean, French & Saunders and Harry Enfield. Sir John directed series 1 of the sitcom Harry Enfield's Television Programme, along with comedy producer, Geoffrey Perkins.

He was born the only son and third child of Sir Charles Birkin, 5th Baronet, the author, and Janet Ramsey Johnson, an Australian born actress, on 2 July 1953. He is the 6th Baronet of the Birkin Baronetcy and succeeded his father on his death in 1985. He and the actress Jane Birkin both come from the lineage of the 1st Baronet; their great-grandfathers were his sons.