I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA and M.Phil in the History of Art; I specialised in avant-garde attempts to queer mainstream institutions, which is something I now strive to achieve in my own work. After Cambridge, I studied at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting as well having trained in Comedy and Writing at the Soho Theatre, and screenwriting at the National Film & Television School. I am now the creative director of my musical comedy live-singing drag troupe Denim of which I am lead performer; Denim is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics & Bumble and Bumble, and is represented by United Agents. We have just returned from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where we received a 5* review from The Scotsman.
I am a filmmaker and screenwriter, and was selected as one of the 6 emerging LGBT filmmakers by the BFI/BAFTA mentorship programme this year (and am being mentored by Russell T. Davies). I am the co-creator, co-writer, and lead actor of a TV Comedy Series in development with Big Talk Productions and Channel 4 called Nefertiti, as well as the creator, writer, and lead actor of feature film Abigail & Gabriel, currently in development with Sarah Brocklehurst Productions, and which has secured a script commission with BBC Films.
I am the writer/director of three shorts that all share a focus on queer intersectional people of colour. The first is a commission for NOWNESS (available here), an exploration of how female-bodied drag queen Victoria Sin transforms social space through their drag - this has just gained official entry into the BFI London Film Festival. The second is an autobiographical short film entitled Run(a)way Arab - which thinks about the relationship between drag culture and Middle-Eastern femininity, and a genderqueer Arab boy's memory of their Muslim mother. Both are produced by Savannah James-Bayly of Fox Cub Films. The third is an experimental short documentary commissioned by the BFI & BBC, called CLASH, critiquing how period dramas erase the diverse reality of Britain. It is told through candid interviews with queer people of colour, and staged parodic period drama sequences. It is being broadcast on BBC 4 on the 24th of September, and will be available on BFI-player.
I am also a freelance writer for various publications - I am writing one column a month for The Gay Times, and two a month for Independent Voices. I have written freelance for the following publications - The i-Paper, i-D Magazine, Hunger Magazine, CNN, HUCK Magazine, Visual Verse, Zed Books, Saqi Books, the BFI & The Inkling Magazine.