I am an actress, model, writer and law graduate; not really that unusual but I am also paraplegic as a result of an accident as a teenager. I first began modelling in 1994 when I won the UK’s first ever modelling competition for disabled people. Since then I have worked on many different campaigns and featured in newspapers and magazines all over the world. I’ve been acting since I trained at Anna Scher as a child and later at the Central School of Speech & Drama; acting had been my primary passion from a very young age, until my accident.
In February 2010 I became the first disabled model to feature in a high street advertising campaign, as a result of appearances on Channel 4′s How to Look Good Naked, I modelled the new Principles range by Ben de Lisi for Debenhams. I have also appeared on numerous television and radio programmes speaking about modelling, acting and the portrayal of disabled people in the media. I continue to try and improve the representation of disability in the media and hope to challenge the way disability is perceived by our able bodied society; in 2011 I attended 2 events with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.
I have extensive experience in mentoring young people adjusting to an acquired disability and discussing their concerns around body image, sexuality, socialising and relationships. I also regularly speak about disability and overcoming problems in the workplace at corporate events and discuss issues surrounding adolescence and disability at school workshops. To learn more click on the link below.