Adam Pearson

Adam Pearson

Award-winning disability rights campaigner, actor, presenter and speaker

Adam Pearson is an award-winning disability rights campaigner, actor, presenter and speaker. Adam was nominated as UK Documentary Presenter of the Year at the 2016 Grierson Awards. Adam has presented the critically-acclaimed documentaries Horizon: My Amazing Twin (BBC Two), Adam Pearson: Freak Show (BBC Three), The Ugly Face Of Disability Hate Crime (BBC Three) and Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal (BBC Four) as well as being a reporter on Tricks Of The Restaurant Trade (Channel 4) and The One Show (BBC One). His other credits include Celebrity Masterchef (BBC One), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC One), Pointless Celebrities (BBC One) and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC Two). Adam worked as a researcher for the BBC and Channel 4 before becoming a strand presenter on the first series of Beauty & The Beast: The Ugly Face Of Prejudice (Channel 4). He was also one of the team who developed the series and he consulted on the Dutch version. Adam also worked on The Undateables (Channel 4) as a casting researcher. Adam appeared in the BAFTA-nominated film, Under The Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson. He also played himself in the independent feature, DRIB, which premiered at SXSW in 2017. Adam plays the lead role in Chained For Life which has been released theatrically in the UK and and US as well as being shown at film festivals around the world. Of his performance, The New York Times described him as "an actor of great charm." He has most recently filmed A Different Man with Sebastian Stan. Adam has spoken at a number of events for companies and organisations such as the World Health Innovation Summit, Public Service & Criminology Conference and British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. He has also given a TEDx talk. Adam is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust, Changing Faces and Us In A Bus. He also won a RADAR Award and a Diana Award for his campaigning work. Adam was named in The Shaw Trust Power 100 List of 2020 - a list of the UK's most influential disabled people.

10:30 am - 11:15 am
Centre Stage (Friday)

The Grumpy Gits Game Show

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Centre Stage (Thursday)

Chat: The Grumpy Gits podcast

Do you ever find disability shows to be a bit heavy and draining? It's enough to make you very grumpy, We at the Grumpy Gits agree! That's why we created The Grumpy Gits Show, a regular disability related discussion show with emphasis on entertainment and humour. Our four hosts; Adam Pearson (TV, Hollywood film star), Martin Dougan (BBC Newsround), Duncan Casburn (PDA DAD UK), Chris Leasmith (3 Guys & a Console) join forces to discuss current events, disability related issues, interview prominent guests, and generally argue and make fun of each other. As proud partners with Disability Expo, we are excited to be performing two live shows at the event. On day one we will be presenting a live Grumpy Gits show including all of your regular favourite segments; these will include our usual banter, our patented See You Next Tuesday, and discussion on current areas of interest with special guests - all with our usual tongue-in-cheek style. On day two we will be presenting a special game show; in the style of your favourite comedy panel shows. So come and join The Grumpy Gits for some laughter packed and poignant discussion, banter, and fun. Nobody takes disability seriously so why should we? #DontBeGrumpyAlone.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
People's Panel (Thursday)

Disability Representation in the Media

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