Professional Unicorn.


As a writer performer, I have several TV shows in development, including the adaption of my book, Life as a Unicorn (the studio will be announced soon), and Beards (Playground Entertainment / Endeavour Content - co-writer Ellie Kendrick). I am also the writer and creator of Targets, a horror drama about racial tokenisation amongst liberals, which is in development with BBC Drama (producer Mary Burke, Public Dreams Ltd.). I also write for established TV shows; I wrote a number of episodes for Hollyoaks, and wrote the finale for Little America for Apple TV+ with Stephen Dunn, as well as an episode for The Watch for BBC America, based on the Discworld Novels of Sir Terry Pratchett.

As a filmmaker, my first feature in development, Layla, with me as writer/director, is with Film4, produced by Savannah James-Bayly. I have another feature in development as writer entitled Oh, Molly, with BBC Films (Sarah Brocklehurst Productions). Previously, I have written/directed four short films, including Anemone (BBC Films & Film London), Run(a)way Arab, (Peccadillo Pictures & Revry), Victoria Sin, (NOWNESS, Revry), and CLASH (BBC4 Broadcast, BFI, Revry).

My debut book, a memoir about queer intersectionality with 4th Estate (Harper Collins) - Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride, and Everything In Between - is out in the UK as a Paperback now, and in the US in hardback (Harper 360). It is the winner of a Somerset Maugham Award from the Society of Authors, and won the 2020 Polari First Book Prize. I am also a freelance writer for various publications - I write a quarterly column for Attitude Magazineand contribute regularly to The Guardian and Independent VoicesI have written freelance for the following publications - TIME, Gay Times, The Observer, Newsweek, The i-Paper, i-D Magazine, Dazed, Little White Lies, Gay Star News, Hunger Magazine, CNN, HUCK Magazine, Visual Verse, Zed Books, Saqi Books, the BFI, Cause & Effect Magazine & The Inkling Magazine.

I am an established drag performer in the UK - my debut drag solo show, Glamrou: From Quran to Queen, is in development with Fight in the Dog Production with Seif Abdel Salam as director - the tour has upcoming dates at Soho Theatre, and The Edinburgh Festival in August 2021. Professional acting credits include Venom 2 (Marvel), Carnival Row (Amazon Studios), Christopher Robin (Disney), The Souvenir 2 (Joanna Hogg), Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (BBC Films). I