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Sam Downie is a Broadcaster, Voice Over, Actor, Podcaster and Content Creator, and a BAFTA & British Council supported Autistic Filmmaker.

Sam Downie is one of Britain’s leading Broadcasters, Voice Over, Voice Actor, Podcaster and Content Creator. He is a BAFTA & British Council supported Autistic Filmmaker for his expert storytelling.

His own personal story is told in a best-selling book called “After That Day : Stories of Epilepsy”. Sam is also a Ambassador and ardent Campaigner for people with disabilities with Autism, Brain Injuries including Epilepsy and Seizures, Learning Disabilities as well as Covid-19 related long-term disability.

Since 2004, Sam has become a Disability and Human Rights Activist, a Advocate, an Ambassador and a Public Speaker – talking about disability and living with diagnoses, raising awareness about disability at Events and on TV, Radio and Podcasts. I was late diagnosed with Autism as an adult in 2017, I was also late diagnosed with Epilepsy/Seizures in 2004 and the cause was diagnosed as a Brain Tumour in 2014. 

He uses his filmmaking skills (both trained and self-taught) to create short films indirectly or directly about various disabilities.  These films have gone on to be screened at International Film Festivals, and at events, eventually ending up online for streaming. He’s now been recognised by BAFTA, The Academy and by the British Council as a Disabled creative and creator.

The aim of my work, is to surprise and challenge the viewer. It is intended to instigate and spark conversations.

Media inquiries.

For all media, press and publicity enquiries, and if you’d like to book Sam for corporate events, please visit his Contact Us page for further information.

“I love being Creative, as it’s about expressing emotions I can’t explain another way. Some of my work (short films, interviews, podcasts) highlight my issues with disability barriers and hidden anxiety. How people see me is one thing – but internally, I sometimes feel completely different. I use my creativity as a way of expressing things that aren’t always easy to discuss.”

Buy the Book !

Sam’s own personal story about living with Brain Injury ( Brain Tumour ) which causes Seizures ( Epilepsy ) and Autism – is told in a new book titled “After That Day – Stories of Epilepsy” published by Sofie’s Journey and launched in November 2019, at the 2019 Epilepsy Awareness & Education Expo, a free 3-day event during the Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland® Resort (EADDL).

This beautiful, rich colour, hardback book contains forty- five personal accounts of people who have been forever changed, by seizures. These stories offer a challenging look at survival, and in many cases, a cure. Each story features amazing, introspective photos which compliment and tell the story as well as the written words.

One out of every twenty-six people will have Seizures / Epilepsy in their lifetime. It can come when you least expect it ; It can be caused by many things, and no one is exempt from its grasp.

Filmmaker and Autistic Content Creator

Find out about Sam Downie’s BAFTA and British Council supported Short Films, see what Shooting Kit he uses, and what makes Sam tick as a unique Content Creator and “the One to Watch”.

Showreels and Interviews

Listen to and Watch a selection of Sam Downie’s Radio Interviews, Television Interviews, Actor Sizzles, Corporate and Campaign Films, Podcasts and Live Webinars.

Audio Examples

Listen to examples of Sam’s interview techniques.

Podcast

Podcast’s… because everyone’s doing a Podcast these days, but Sam Downie has been doing them since 2000. Listen to his famous Bristol Sounds music documentary, catch up with his Tech:Casts and listen to his exclusive David Bowie podcast about the cult Jim Henson fantasy movie Labyrinth.

Since April 2020 Sam has been volunteering for the World Health Organisation helping to co-write information about Covid-19 and creating short films. Sam often steps away from the camera lens to speak at Public Events, Conferences, as well as Radio and Podcasts.

Sam is a prolific speaker on Autism, Epilepsy, Disability and Mental Health, by talking about it, openly.

Talking about Autism (and Epilepsy) *advocating* is a big part of Sam’s life , and he loves the fact, that sharing his tips and struggles can educate those less aware about Autism and Epilepsy, whilst supporting other people on the spectrum.

Despite the struggles he faces living on the Autistic spectrum ( such as discrimination and not being understood ), Sam has achieved what many filmmakers aspire to do, which is – to develop, shoot, edit and have his films screened at international film festivals, using a combination of skills, talent and techniques.

Sam has also been making videos on YouTube since 2004 and has been uploading a range of interviews, short films and Livestreams ever since. He’s an experienced Live Webcaster & Podcaster, and was one of the world’s 1st reality “live-streamers” (yes, that was a term then in 2005).

Sam also manages to balance all this with visits to Cinema’s (Sam currently loves IMAX, Big Screens and Dolby Atmos), theatre, walking, composing music, exploring and.. baking soda bread #realbread, amongst other things.

Actor / Voice Actor

Nominated for British Animated Short Film – BAFTA Film Awards 2020

Sam is best known for playing various roles, his work spans over 20+ years as an actor/voice actor, on stage and screen. Kind, warm, caring & smiley. Full, rounded voice with a wide range of character on tap.

Visit Sam’s SPOTLIGHT casting profile at : https://www.spotlight.com/profile/2850-8949-2771

TV costume dramas include : ‘The House of Elliot’ (BBC), ‘Tom Jones A Foundling’ (BBC / A+E), ‘Blackhearts in Battersea’ (Children’s BBC). Sci-fi dramas such as ‘Doctor Who’ (BBC), ‘Torchwoord’ (BBC Wales), comedy such as ‘The Armstrong and Miller show’ (Channel 4), ‘Teachers’ (Channel 4), to modern day dramas starting off in ‘Coronation Street’ (ITV) then ‘East Enders’ (BBC) and ending up in ‘Casualty’ (BBC).

Sam’s also acted on the stages of : Bristol Old Vic (Bristol, UK) mostly, but he has also been on stages in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

He’s taken improv classes with The Groundlings in LA, and has acted with the puppeteers from The Jim Henson Alternative Company on their comedy/improv show Puppet Up !

With an infectious passion Sam brings a natural confidence to his performance on camera and an irrepressible live stage presence. He excels in comedy, improv, sci-fi, drama and entertainment.

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