David Proud



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David is an actor, writer and producer, and BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH artist for 2021.

He is a core writer on ITV’s CORONATION STREET with more than 30 episodes to date.

With writer Paul Viragh, David is currently developing MAVERICKS, an original TV series with Various Artists. They are also co-directing feature documentary MY EXTINCTION, produced by Lindsey Dryden for Little By Little Films. David and Paul have also written feature film BEAUTIFUL ONES for Little By Little Films and the BFI.

David founded and sits on the BFI Disability Advisory Group, and is a BAFTA Film committee member. David chaired the Supporting Actress Jury for the 2020 and 2021 BAFTA Film awards. He was part of the first Writers’ Access Group at the BBC, and he was named as one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK in the Shaw Trust Disability Power List for 2015, 2018 and 2019. He is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.

David made his directorial debut with SYMPATHY FOR THE LEMON starring Genevieve Barr and Chris Rithin, and he also wrote the short ALARM, both of which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2017.

In 2016 David was one of 16 disabled artists supported by Channel 4, being placed with Kudos to work on HUMANS series 2.

In 2013 David wrote and produced two short films. AWKWARD TURTLE was picked up by the online channel SBTV Comedy, and THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, inspired by the works of Charlie Chaplin, has played at notable international film festivals. In 2012 his debut play FRIENDZONE was produced at Theatre Royal Stratford East. With funding from Screen South SEEDA and the National Lottery, David filmed his witing debut in 2011 with WHEELS OF FORTUNE. David also directed the short film VERISIMILITUDE starring Ruth Madeley which won best film at Superfest in the US.

David has published THE ART OF DISABILITY, about disability representation in the media, and also works as a consultant for improving diversity across the industry.


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