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Royal television society Yorkshire programme awards 2018 at the Queen's hotel LeedsI’m an RTS award-winning screenwriter and director based in Leeds, making ground-breaking comedies, dramas and documentaries with Deaf people and sign language at their heart.

After joining the BBC Writer’s Room last year, I created a storyline for Eastenders which will lead to the introduction of of Frankie, the show’s first deaf character, appearing on screen in Spring 2020. I’m also currently writing for Casualty, CBBC and CBeebies.

My creations as a writer director include the innovative BSL comedy sketch show Deaf Funny (winner of the RTS Yorkshire Writer award 2018 and Best TV Programme at Deafest 2019), the Found documentaries, the Four Deaf Yorkshiremen comedies, and hit short film The Kiss.

As a screenwriter, I created and wrote the award-winning half hour TV dramas My Song and Departure Lounge, rude mockumentary Hands Solo, the TV mini-series The Fingerspellers and YouTube smash Coming Out. I also wrote a short film for the NSPCC which has clocked up over 1 million views online.

Since setting up Eyewitness Media in 2017, I’ve made six TV programmes (four episodes of Deaf Funny and two of Found) as co-productions, plus I’ve worked on an upcoming innovative documentary for Australian broadcaster SBS and made two short films for the charity SignHealth. Coercion aimed to illustrate controlling behaviour in relationships, while The Test aimed to educate young Deaf people about sexual health.

As a journalist, I’ve written for the Guardian, Mirror and BBC Online, as well as many others.

I am the editor of the world’s most popular Deaf blog, The Limping Chicken, which has clocked up over 6 million views and posted blogs by over 400 Deaf people since 2012. Shortly after starting the site, I broke the 2013 worldwide news story about the fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

I have appeared on Radio 4, BBC Breakfast News, BBC World Service, BBC Trending,  Watchdog, BBC London, the BBC Ouch podcast, and the Abnormally Funny People Podcast.