Neurodiverse Autistic Content Creator | Filmmaker | Actor | Presenter | Podcaster | Photographer |
Who Is Sam Downie
Sam Downie is a longtime Content Creator, with a 20+ year work/experience history in Radio, Theatre, Podcasting, Vlogging, Film, Television and Public Speaking. He’s currently a BAFTA considered Autistic Neurodiverse Filmmaker making short films, interviews & documentaries. I love being a creative, passionate, experimental storyteller & filmmaker.
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.
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’s expertise as a Broadcast Presenter extends from Network TV and Radio into Journalism and Public Speaking.
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.
Sam is also a voice for disability on Autism, Epilepsy and “other” disability issues.
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
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 screen award-winning films, using a combination of skills, talent and techniques.
Sam has recently taken part in many projects to develop films, such as the Different Voices Neurodiversity Film project from Biggerhouse Film and 104 Films the leaders in Disability Films for Cinema and TV.
His films have been screened at the ICA in London, Sheffield Doc/Fest in Sheffield in 2019, Encounters Film Festival 2019 at the Watershed in Bristol, and the Arnolfini cinema in Bristol.
Sam can also be cast on Spotlight – the home to Casting, for films as an Actor and Voiceover.
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.
He has fronted major events, such as :
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
*News: I am speaking at two session at the 2020 interactive online event, whilst the main Disneyland Resort is closed in California, during the Covid-19 pandemic. More details to be announced soon.
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