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About Sam Downie

Neurodivergent Autistic Content Creator | Filmmaker | Actor | Presenter | Podcaster | Photographer |

Sam Downie is an Autistic Neurodivergent longtime Content Creator, with a 20+ year work/experience history in Radio, Theatre, Podcasting, Vlogging, Film and Television. He’s currently a BAFTA and British Council supported Autistic Neurodiverse Filmmaker making short films, interviews & documentaries. I love being a creative, passionate, experimental storyteller & filmmaker.

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. 

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.

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.

Sam is passionate about filmmaking as a content creator. His other skills include Voice Over, Presenting and Acting.

Since April 2020 Sam has been volunteering for the World Health Organisation helping to co-write information about Covid-19 and creating short films.

My recent short film “Uniquely Human – A Different Way of Seeing Autism” has been screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, Encounters Film Festival 2019, as well as screenings at the ICA Cinema in London, The Watershed in Bristol, and The Autism Show in Manchester – viewings that support Disabled filmmakers.  In 2020 it was going to be screened in the USA at The Academy, the home to the Oscars – but the Pandemic struck.

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.

Watch the Film !

Watch “Uniquely Human – A Different Way of Seeing Autism”.
Make sure you are wearing headphones to experience the full sound experience.

title of short film Unique Human

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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