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David Proud is an English actor/writer/producer.
He was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair. His first professional acting role was as a wheelchair basketball player in the children’s TV series Desperados. David is most well known for playing Adam Best in BBC’s EastEnders. David has recently appeared as series regular in ITV/Netflix Drama Marcella starring Anna Friel.
David was picked by BBC producer Ewan Marshall to play one of the leads in the 2007 CBBC series Desperados, a children’s drama starring the Paralympic wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan. Since Desperados, He co-presented an episode of the BBC Three documentary series Mischief, in 2007. He appeared as the character Blake in the second series of ITV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl in 2008.
David has worked with British independent film director and producer Justin Edgar on four films. He played Scott, a geeky paraplegic who makes a behind-the-scenes documentary following a group of other disabled film students, in the 2007 feature film Special People. Graeme in the 2011 Feature Film NFA (No Fixed Abode). Holocaust victim Ernst in the 2008 short Hunger House, and Sam in the 2013 short film For Your Own Good.
David made History in 2009 becoming the first regular disabled actor to appear in the BBC prime time continuing drama, EastEnders.
With funding from Screen South SEEDA and the national lottery David filmed his writing debut in 2011 with Wheels of Fortune, while filming the production team trained 10 physically disabled children in the art of film making. In 2012 David wrote FriendZone, his debut play. A story of a hopeless romantic trying to avoid the friend zone and win the heart of the girl he loves, the play was first performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Later in 2012 David appeared in the BBC Drama Best of Men and as guest lead in an episode of BBC Doctors.
In 2013 David wrote and produced two short films. Awkward Turtle was picked up by the online channel SBTV Comedy. The One That Got Away, a film inspired by the works of Charlie Chaplin, has played at notable international disability film festivals. As Producer and lead actor David filmed iWitness, the second feature film from writer/director Steve Rainbow.
David appeared in Paul Abbotts, No Offence for Channel 4 in 2015. In 2016 David wrote The Art of Disability looking at disability representation in media. The book has sold worldwide and hit number one in the amazon charts.
In 2017 David had two short films Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Alarm, directed by Tim Murray, starring Victoria Yeates, and Sympathy for the Lemon, Starring Genevieve Barr. Sympathy for the Lemon was also David’s Directorial Debut.
David currently has a development deal with BBC Films for a new feature filmed called Mavericks, co-developed with writer Paul Viragh. Paul and David are also developing a TV series with Kudos.
David has been commissioned by Unstoppable/All3Media to co-write an original series with Noel Clarke.
In 2018 David began a two-year Engagement Fellowship with the Wellcome Trust in which he will write a new book and direct a documentary looking at inclusion of disabled people in society and scientific medical advances.
David was listed in the Shaw Trust Power 100 List as one of the top 100 most influential disabled people of 2015, 2018 and 2019. David was one of 20 Disabled artists in focus for Channel 4’s year of disability 2016, and currently works as a disability consultant for the British Film Institute. David has provided project-based consultancy for Company Pictures, Scott Free UK and BBC.
David has just directed a BFI/Uncertain Kingdom funded film written by Justin Edgar starring Ruth Madeley and Alice Lowe.
David is a full voting member of the Film and Television chapter of BAFTA and a member of the 2018 BBC Writers Room.
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Website/blog URL: www.davidproud.co.uk
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