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David Proud



Katie Williams

David is an actor, writer and producer, who became the first lead regular disabled cast member of BBC EASTENDERS.

He is a core writer on CORONATION STREET with ITV and is writing an episode of DOCTORS for the BBC.

With writer Paul Viragh, David is currently developing MAVERICKS, a feature film for BBC Films.

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 2018. 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 writing debut in 2011 with WHEELS OF FORTUNE. David also directed short film VERASIMILITUDE starring Ruth Madeley.

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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