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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

How to break down stereotypes with actor Samantha Renke

How to break down stereotypes with actor Samantha Renke

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

It’s no surprise that lots of groups in society don’t feel represented by the stuff we watch on television and see on social media every day. But, as a successful actress, Samantha Renke has proven that you don’t have to ‘fit the mould’ to make it.

15 years ago, her drama teacher told her she shouldn’t get her hopes up about acting because she’s in a wheelchair. Since then, she’s starred in award-winning movies, won best actress at the LA Diversity Film Festival and worked with Channel 4 News, ASOS, the Metro Online, the British Red Cross and Loose Women as a speaker and writer.

But how far have we really come in improving disability representation on TV, on ads and on social media?

As an ambassador for Scope and a patron of Head2Head Theatre, Samantha is passionate about opening up opportunities in acting to other people with disabilities. After all her hard work, she’s been deservedly named in The Shaw Trust’s Power 100 list and as a nominee for Celebrity of the Year at the National Diversity Awards 2020.

We’ve invited Samantha to our newsroom to get her tips on how to break into acting, and to hear her thoughts on what still needs to be done to make sure the media truly represents everyone.

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Claudia Williams