The star of one of children’s TV ‘s most loved shows has moved away from the spotlight and formed her own TV production company.
Newcastle (High Heaton) based actress Kim Tserkezie who played Penny Pocket in the hit CBeebies series, Balamory has spent the last four years researching and developing her new production company, Scattered Pictures which will focus on North East talent both in front of and behind the camera lens.
BAFTA member Kim’s role in Balamory led to her being voted in a national poll as ‘the best representation of a wheelchair user on screen’ and one of the ‘most influential disabled people in the UK.’
She has worked alongside Robson Green and Imogen Stubbs in ITV’s prime time drama Blind Ambition and played in various films and theatre productions as well as presenting programmes on BBC2.
Now however, she is using her TV experiences to write and produce home grown screen projects in collaboration with some of the UK’s most successful industry leaders. The change in career originally came about out of a desire to create more interesting roles for disabled actors.
“As a disabled actress it has been difficult to find exciting character roles removed from the stereotypical portrayals of disabled people. I decided that if the roles weren’t there then it was up to me to create them,” said Kim.