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.
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“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.
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.
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.
Sam Downie is a disabled Broadcast Journalist, Presenter, Guest Host and Talking Head.
He was diagnosed with Autism, and a Brain Tumour that causes Seizures.
Sam Downie has had a highly successful career as a Broadcast Journalist & Reporter & Presenter for the past two decades – on Local and National Television, Radio, Podcasts and live webcasts.
He keeps the news that he’s an award-winning Autistic Neurodiverse Filmmaker to himself.
Sam’s voice is warm, engaging, unique, un-rushed and confident sounding – just perfect for Live Entertainment, Factual Entertainment, Documentaries, News, Commercials, and Podcasts.
Sam has become a recognized industry voice in the United Kingdom and the USA.
His expertise is in gadgets and technology, as well as entertainment, music, movie production, theatre, comedy, and current affairs such as Disability awareness and ignorance.
For ten years, Sam was the voice of Bristol Sounds, the successful music programme / Podcast that documents the world famous Bristol music scene, a show that was broadcast across Bristol and then nationally on BBC Radio, it then turned into a popular podcast series in the early 2000’s.
However he’s also presented and been a guest co-host on technology news shows, commercial promos, music programmes, factual entertainment, the arts and current affairs.
As a Radio Presenter, Sam Downie is one of Bristol’s most in-demand radio voices, his enthusiastic approach and rapport with listeners has seen his shows become popular.
Sam Downie – Presenter with warmth, style and authenticity.
Sam Downie has worked as a TV presenter and producer on hundreds of Music, Technology, and Entertainment TV shows in a career spanning almost twenty years. He is also a published author, telling his personal story in a book called “After That Day”.
With an infectious passion for music, gadgets, technology and science, Sam brings a natural confidence to his performance on camera rarely seen in factual television and an irrepressible live stage presence.
Sam’s knowledge and passion for entertainment, gadgets and apps, current affairs, consumer rights, music, films and science, make him a multi-skilled journalist and in-demand as a co-host and broadcaster who delivers.
He excels as a Broadcast Presenter, Journalist, Factual Entertainment Presenter on Network TV, Radio, Podcasts and Live Webcasts / Live Webinars.
Sam is also a voice for disability on Autism, Brain Injuries, Epilepsy and “other” disability issues. He’s a… Voice for Change.
Sam has over 15 years of Network TV, Radio and Online Webcasting experience including:
- Reporter – Digital Planet – the weekly technology show, that’s broadcast on BBC World Service (Radio)
- Guest Reporter – BBC Click – the weekly technology show that’s broadcast on BBC NEWS (Television)
- Guest contributor – across shows on the popular TWiT TV Network (USA) : TWiT ‘this week in tech’, and MacBreak Weekly (Online Television / Podcasts)
- Works for ITV Studios (in England and USA) as “on-screen Talent”
- Guest Reporter – The Gadget Show – Channel 5 / ViaCom / UK
- Contributing Guest on BBC Radio Bristol
- Contributing Guest on BBC Radio 1
- Contributing Guest on BBC Radio 2
- Producing and Presenting a BBC Radio 6Music “6 Mix” on the Bristol Sounds
Sam is an award-winning Autistic filmmaker/actor/director and content creator. A proud Bristolian, born in Exeter – South West of England, with a 25+ year work/experience history in Theatre, Film, Radio, Podcasting, Vlogging and Television.
I love making short films, interviews & documentaries. I love being a creative, passionate, experimental storyteller bringing interesting insightful thought-provoking stories, to the screen (of all sizes).
Sam started out as an actor, with training at the world-famous Bristol Old Vic youth theatre followed up by training on a 2 year performing arts course, and then returned to the stage at the Bristol Old Vic. He then moved on to acting on TV, playing ‘bit parts’ on various dramas such as East Enders, Dangerfield, Doctor Who, Tourchwood as well as some fab costume dramas.
After years of honing his acting craft on stage and television, he eventually moved into film-making.
Sam is driven by a creative passion to develop and direct his own work – filming, sound design for cinema, editing and directing a plethora of successful short films across varying genres including documentary, comedy drama and sci-fi. He’s had training from the likes of the Bolex Brothers, Forkbeard Fantasy, Biggerhouse Film, 104 Films and Aardman Animation.
Sam’s film Uniquely Human is also included in the British Council’s UK Film Directory [link], where it can be selected for festivals, as a short made by an established Disabled filmmaker.
Sam’s work fuses real-world authenticity, social realism and genre flair – his films have screened at numerous Bafta and Oscar qualifying film festivals around the world including BFI London, Encounters, Sheffield Doc/Fest andThe ICA London.
Sam is supported as a Disabled filmmaker/actor/creative by BFI Network and the British Council. He is currently in pre-development on a plethora of “film projects” aiming to shoot through 2021/2022, with the likes of PIXAR, ILM and Concordia Studio.
Sam brings with him not just enormous experience but a passion and dedication that just gets stronger with time. He is available as a Director of Photography and as a Director with experience across multiple genres from documentaries and entertainment, fantasy to science fiction – for broadcast, cinema, theatrical, or for the web.
Started in 2000 when Podcasting was in its infancy, a unknown music documentary series created by Sam Downie called Bristol Sounds was launched, detailing the musicians and music behind the now infamous Bristol music scene.
Sam Downie’s TECH:CASTS
Unique Technology interviews told with authenticity, from Apple Computer and it’s users, to creatives and the people who built and designed the technology and apps we use today. Sam Downie brings over 20+ years of being a Apple user and 20 years of radio presenting and production to this informative series. If you’ve heard him before you know what to expect… engaging interviews, commentary, guests. If you haven’t heard him, then welcome to Sam’s look at all things tech.
“Reporting from the UK, the USA and around the world, this is Sam Downie’s TECH:CASTS – Give it a listen!”
Sam is one of the most in-demand public speakers for events, conferences and webcasts. His enthusiastic approach and rapport with audiences has seen his engaging presentations become popular. His reputation as “a safe pair of hands” has led to him being asked back year after year to host many events.
Sam delivers talks on the following subjects :
- Content Creation ( Live Streaming, YouTube, Short Films, MoJo – Mobile Journalist and ENG )
- Living with a Brain Injury ( Brain Tumour )
- Living with Autism
- Living with Seizures (Epilepsy)
- Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
- Disability & Disability Law ( Legislation )
Workshops & Consultant
Leading workshops in Video creativity. From how to build your own home studio for live webcasts and broadcasts to podcast production.
LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS
In 2012 Sam became a “storyteller and interviewer” at the London 2012 Olympic Games, covering events such as the Olympic Torch Relay when it crossed the boarder in to Wales (in Monmouth), where Sam worked alongside BBC Radio Cardiff in the coverage. Sam was also thrilled to be asked to be a “storyteller” with BT, one of the many sponsors of the London 2012 games. His Twitter handle ( @samdownie ) appeared on the massive screen on the BT Tower in London, where he took over the screen for a month reporting on the London 2012 games and delivering news via the huge screen above London’s skyline.
Sam is a Patron & Ambassador , for the yearly Epilepsy Awareness Day & Expo held at Disneyland Resort in California. Visit the following links :
Main website > https://epilepsyawarenessday.org/home/
2020 Interactive online event > www.epilepsyawarenessday.org
Update: I was going to be speaking at a session at the 2020 interactive online event for Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland 2020, but due to illness ( appendicitis emergency surgery and seizures ) I’ve had to cancel this.
Instead for #NEAM2020 National Epilepsy Awareness Month 2020, I am going to be working upon a new short film featuring clips from past Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland events including interviews with Dr’s and people with Epilepsy. I will post a link to it once it’s edited.
Fact : 1 in 26 in the USA , 1 in 100 in the UK have Epilepsy
Here’s a short list of Sam Downie’s skills & experience.
- Live broadcaster with 25 + years of experience
- Ability to handle large audiences and create an atmosphere
- Skilled Voice-over
- Skilled Radio Presenter
- Skilled Podcast Host
- Skilled TV host / co-host
- Skilled Public Speaker
- Skilled Journalist
- Communicator and Writer
- Able to think on his feet
- Excellent presentation skills
- Ambassador and Patron for charities