Kim Tserkezie has worked in broadcast media for twenty-five years, with a career spanning comedy, drama and documentary. She has worked many roles within the industry from acting to production. In 2019, she was named as one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK (Shaw Trust Power 100). In 2020, she won a Royal Television Society Award for best drama performance for her leading role in Obsession (BFI Network).
Kim got her first break as a presenter for BBC’s Disability Today and From The Edge, often writing and producing her own items. From 2002-2005 Kim played Penny Pocket in BAFTA award winning, 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 2013, the company, based in Kim’s home city of Newcastle Upon Tyne, has developed projects which showcase underrepresented, emerging talent. Kim believes “real change will happen when fair representation exists throughout the whole process on and off screen, from training and writing to directing right through to commissioning”.
Kim has received drama and comedy writing commissions from BBC, ITV and C4. She is currently writing and producing screen projects with leading production companies including BBC Studios and IMG Productions. Projects in development include a new children’s TV comedy series funded by the British Film Institute (BFI). Scattered Pictures recently received its third radio documentary commission for BBC World Service. Kim presented the previous two documentaries which were well received across the globe and chosen as Pick of the Week by the Observer.
Kim is a full member of BAFTA and a board member of the Royal Television Society North East and the Borders. She is a member of BFI’s Disability Advisory Group. She has chaired events for BFI including at London Film Festival and for Netflix. She wrote the semi-autobiographical children’s book The Wheelie Wonderful Life of Millie Monroe.
As someone born and bred in the North East and passionate about showcasing my home region and its talent, I could not be more proud to have the opportunity to support the amazing New Writing North and its ever evolving brilliant services and commitment to Northern writers.