Kim Tserkezie is an award-winning actor, presenter, writer and producer who has worked in the broadcast and film industries for twenty five years, with a varied career spanning across comedy, drama and factual. In 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, she featured on The Shaw Trust’s Disability Power 100 List, a list of the most influential disabled people in the UK. In 2021, she was nominated for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award for her broadcasting work at the National Diversity Awards.
Kim got her first TV break as a presenter for BBC’s Disability Today and From The Edge, often writing and producing her own items. From 2002 to 2005 Kim played Penny Pocket in four series and two arena tours of the BAFTA award-winning CBBC series, Balamory. This role won Kim an award from Whizz Kidz for representation.
Following Balamory, Kim found, frustratingly, she was rarely offered the chance to play ‘characters,’ only ‘medical problems’ and ‘stereotypical portrayals of disability‘. This led Kim to set up her own production company, Scattered Pictures. Since 2011, the company, based in Kim’s home city of Newcastle Upon Tyne, has developed projects which focus on under-represented talent and perspectives. Kim believes, “meaningful inclusion in broadcasting will happen when fair representation exists throughout the whole creative and production process on and off screen, from training and writing to directing, right through to commissioning”.
Scattered Pictures has had four radio documentary series commissions for BBC World Service (Kim has presented three of these) which have been well received across the world and chosen as Pick of the Week by the Observer and The Times.
Kim has received drama and comedy writing commissions from BBC, ITV and C4 and is currently writing and producing for TV, film and audio, collaborating with some of the UK’s leading indies. A number of these projects feature leading acting roles for Kim including a feature film development with Ardimages UK (God’s Own Country) and BBC Film, and a TV drama series written by Dan Sefton.
Kim was executive producer and played the lead role in Obsession, a short drama film funded by BFI Network. The film won two RTS Awards (Drama Performance for Kim and Drama Short). Other acting credits include Boy Meets Girl, Wolfblood, feature film, Bliss, and Lodger, a TV comedy pilot she co-wrote and performed live at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase, as well as numerous theatre roles.
Kim won a John Brabourne Award in 2016 and was a board member of the Royal Television Society North East and the Borders from 2017 to 21. She has been a full BAFTA member since 2014 and is Deputy Chair of BFI’s Disability Screen Advisory Group. She has chaired industry events for RTS, BFI (including at London Film Festival) and for Netflix. Kim is a trustee of the North’s leading development agency for writing and reading, New Writing North. She wrote the semi-autobiographical children’s book, The Wheelie Wonderful Life of Millie Monroe.