Film, Media & Performance Credits

Prior to working as a police detective, I had performed since an early age, starting out at the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre & Starlite Roadshow, Liverpool. This included variety shows, with my primary & secondary schools. Singing annually at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall followed, with work experience at the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre. I represented England at the Toronto International Caribana Carnival, & took classes at The Actors’ Night School, Liverpool.

My arts interests continued through to adulthood studying Film & Media at Liverpool College’s Faculty of Arts, followed by Media Performance (Performing Arts) at Salford University’s School of Media, Music & Performance, Manchester. My agent at the time was Sylvia Young, of the namesake London Theatre School. It was after the television comedy appearances on Channel 4 & the BBC that I naturally joined the Police Service of England & Wales, initially starting in Manchester & later moving to London.

My study of the arts continued in the UK capital after my diagnosis with depression & the end of my policing career, becoming a member of The Actors Centre. I have also undertaken several courses at The City Literary Institute, which include filmmaking, writing & performing. I’m a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, & hold a Master of Arts Writing for Screen & Stage from the School of Drama, Film & Media at Regent’s University London.

I’m writing my début non-fiction, for Portobello Books. The Darker Side of Blue, is about my time serving as a detective in both the Greater Manchester Police and London’s Metropolitan Police. Emma Paterson is my agent, of Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency: emma@rcwlitagency.com

 

Education

Max 4WRITING FOR SCREEN & STAGE

School of Drama, Film & Media, Regent’s University London

MEDIA PERFORMANCE (PERFORMING ARTS)

School of Media, Music & Performance, University of Salford

FILM STUDIES, MEDIA STUDIES, MEDIA TECHNIQUES

Faculty of Arts, City of Liverpool College

 

Film

SCREENPLAY IN PROGRESS

To Be Announced

 

Media

THE DARKER SIDE OF BLUE

Author, Portobello Books (2019)

 

Articles Published

PC PALMER DIED AN EXEMPLAR OF THE BEST OF OUR POLICE SERVICE

Contributor, The Independent (2017)

RACISM IS RIFE IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

PETER TATCHELL’S PROTEST IS THE KIND OF STUNT THAT FUELS UKIP

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

AS A GAY OFFICER I SAW HOW HOMOPHOBIC THE POLICE ARE

Contributor, The Guardian (2016)

SORRY LOUISE MENSCH, YOU DON’T GET TO DECIDE HOW THE LAW WORKS

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

THERESA MAY’S U-TURN ON TODDLERS’ BIRTH DATA ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

BARACK OBAMA WAS AN INSPIRATION FOR SO MANY – AND THAT’S WHY WE SHOULD CELEBRATE HIS PRESIDENCY

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

CALM DOWN, THE TORIES HAVEN’T ABANDONED ALAN TURING

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

THE AWOKENING OF KEVIN

Contributor, BlackOut UK (2016)

I WAS FORCED TO POLICE THE SEX LIVES OF GAY MEN LIKE ME

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

HIJABS AREN’T GOING TO ENCOURAGE MORE MUSLIM WOMEN TO JOIN THE POLICE

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

HOW WOULD WE RESPOND IF GABBY DOUGLAS MADE A FALSE POLICE REPORT?

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

VIOLENCE AGAINST THE POLICE IS NO WAY TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

AS A BREXITEER, BORIS JOHNSON WAS BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY – BUT AS FOREIGN SECRETARY, HE’S BAD FOR THE WORLD

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

AS A BLACK EX-POLICE OFFICER, I HAVE BEEN LEFT SORROWFUL AND CONFLICTED AFTER THE EVENTS IN AMERICA THIS WEEK

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

AS A BLACK POLICE OFFICER, I KNOW THERESA MAY WOULD MAKE A GOOD PM

Contributor, The i Paper (2016)

AS A BLACK POLICE OFFICER, I KNOW THERESA MAY WOULD MAKE A GOOD PM

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

WHY ARE BLACK VOICES DROWNED OUT WITHIN THE LGBT COMMUNITY?

Contributor, UK Black Pride (2016)

MANCHESTER POLICE DIDN’T NEED THEIR FAKE TERRORIST TO SHOUT ‘ALLAHU AKBAR’ – I KNOW, I WAS A COUNTER-TERRORISM OFFICER

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

WHY GAY PEOPLE LIKE ME SHOULDN’T LISTEN TO BORIS JOHNSON AND HIS CALLS FOR US TO VOTE TO LEAVE THE EU

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

AS A FORMER COUNTER-TERRORISM OPERATIVE AND A PERSON OF COLOUR, THIS IS WHAT I THINK OF THE BRUSSELS ATTACKS

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

NO, UK BLACK PRIDE ISN’T RUN BY PEOPLE WHO ARE BITTER ABOUT BEING SEXUALLY REJECTED BY WHITE GAY MEN

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

WHY I’M TIRED OF THE GAY COMMUNITY’S OBSESSION WITH HILLARY CLINTON

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

THE STONEWALL LIST WAS INTERESTING BUT TOO SIMPLISTIC – THE LGBT EXPERIENCE CAN BE VERY DIFFERENT IF YOU’RE NOT WHITE

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

AS A GAY BLACK EX-DETECTIVE, THIS IS WHAT I THINK WHEN I’M ASKED IF BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD JOIN THE POLICE

Contributor, The Independent (2016)

I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE LETWIN WROTE HIS MEMO ABOUT – AND AS A FORMER POLICEMAN, I FIND MYSELF UNSURPRISED

Contributor, The Independent (2015)

WHY REMEMBRANCE DAY MAKES ME FEEL EXCLUDED AS A PERSON OF COLOUR

Contributor, The Independent (2015)

HERE’S HOW BLACK PEOPLE HAVE HELPED MAKE BRITAIN GREAT

Contributor, The Independent (2015)

THE HUMILIATION OF NEO-NAZIS IN LIVERPOOL MAKES ME PROUD TO BE A SCOUSER

Contributor, The Independent (2015)

FINDING MY CREATIVE VOICE

Contributor, Inner Circle Magazine (2015)

I’M GAY AND MIXED-RACE, BUT I’D STILL BE HORRIFIED IF UKIP WAS BANNED FROM LGBT PRIDE

Contributor, The Independent (2015)

THE SHAME & SEXUALITY SERIES BY KEVIN MAXWELL

Contributor, QX Magazine (2015)

ST GEORGE’S DAY: I’M A MIXED-RACE, GAY SCOUSER WHO WAS RAISED A CATHOLIC – AND I’M PROUD TO BE ENGLISH

Contributor, The Independent (2015)

DOUBLE STANDARDS: BEING BLACK IN A WHITE GAY MAN’S WORLD

Contributor, Winq Magazine (2015)

YOUR LIFE IS WORTH LESS AS A BLACK PERSON IN THE POLICE

Contributor, The Nubian Times (2014)

FORCED OUT

Contributor, Outnorthwest Magazine (2011)

IMMIGRATION: GOOD FOR MULTICULTURAL BRITAIN

Contributor, Operation Black Vote (2011)

WHAT’S RACE GOT TO DO WITH IDENTITY?

Contributor, The Regent Newspaper (2011)

HALF A MILLION MARCHING FOR THE ALTERNATIVE

Contributor, The Regent Newspaper (2011)

OPINION: I AM THE FACE OF MARRIAGE INEQUALITY

Contributor, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (2011)

I AM THE FACE OF MARRIAGE INEQUALITY

Contributor, 10,000 Couples Magazine (2011)

LGBT PEOPLE CAN’T ASK FOR ACCEPTANCE, THEN NOT GIVE IT BACK

Contributor, 10,000 Couples Magazine (2011)

SPECIAL COMMENT: BLACK PRIDE & PREJUDICE

Contributor, 10,000 Couples Magazine (2010)

BEING LGB (LIVERPUDLIAN, GAY & BLACK)

Contributor, Outnorthwest Magazine (2010)

ARTS BUDGET CUTS

Contributor, The Regent Newspaper (2010)

LIVING WITH DEPRESSION

Contributor, The Regent Newspaper (2010)

COMMENT: BLACK PRIDE & PREJUDICE

Contributor, Pink News (2010)

 

Featured Articles

FORMER OFFICER’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE NOT AN EASY ONE

Hackney Gazette / Islington Gazette (2013)

KEVIN MAXWELL: ‘I WAS MEANT TO BE THE FUTURE. I TICKED THE BOXES’

The Independent (2013)

WHY KEVIN MAXWELL REFUSED TO BE A GAY POSTER BOY FOR THE POLICE

The Times (2013)

BLACK AND GAY POLICE OFFICER HOUNDED OUT OF FORCE ‘LIKE ENEMY OF THE STATE’

The Guardian (2013)

 

Editorial

HOW CARTOONISTS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE REACTED TO DONALD TRUMP’S VICTORY

Contributor, indy100 (2016)

POPULAR NIGERIAN GAY ACTIVIST WEDS LOVER

Contributor, The Punch (2016)

DALIAN ATKINSON DEATH RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT POLICE TASER USE

Contributor, The Guardian (2016)

DALIAN ATKINSON: FORMER FOOTBALLER DIES AFTER POLICE SHOOT HIM WITH TASER

Contributor, The Guardian (2016)

TWITTER LAMPOONS DAVID CAMERON OVER #PIGGATE CLAIM

Contributor, USA Today (2015)

‘NOTHING RACIST’ IN BLACKFACE DANCERS, ENGLISH CANDIDATE INSISTS

Contributor, The New York Times (2014)

BLACKFACE DANCERS ARE ‘PROUD BRITISH TRADITION,’ NOT RACIST, SAYS LABOUR CANDIDATE WILL STRAW

Contributor, The Huffington Post UK (2014)

POLICE UNDER FIRE OVER ARBITRARY TERROR ARRESTS AT UK AIRPORTS

Contributor, The Independent (2013)

GUARDIAN WITNESS

Contributor (Regular), The Guardian (2013 – )

LFR NEWS

Editor, London Frontrunners (2012)

MAX NEWS

Editor, My Mum Publishing (2010 – )

WWW.TRIPADVISOR.CO.UK

Top Contributor, TripAdvisor (2009 – )

MAXWELL’S PENPALS

Columnist, Edge Magazine (1993 – 1997)

 

Performance

Film

51ST STATE

Voice Over, Focus Films (2001)

URBAN ROULETTE (SHORT)

Actor/Punter, Purple Projects (1998)

 

Television

SKY NEWS TODAY

Contributor, Sky UK (2017)

SKY NEWS: SUNRISE

Contributor, Sky UK (2017)

ITV NEWS LONDON (WEEKDAY)

Guest, ITV (2016)

SKY NEWS: THE POINT

Contributor, Sky UK (2016)

ITV NEWS LONDON (WEEKEND)

Guest, ITV (2016)

SKY NEWS TODAY

Guest, Sky UK (2016)

SKY NEWS TONIGHT

Guest, Sky UK (2015)

SKY NEWS TODAY

Guest, BSkyB (2014)

DAYBREAK

Guest, ITV (2013)

BBC LONDON NEWS

Contributor, BBC (2013)

4THOUGHT.TV

Contributor, Waddell Media (2012)

IN HIS LIFE: THE JOHN LENNON STORY

Voice Over, NBC Television (2000)

CHANNEL LAUNCH PROMO

Presenter, Madcow Television (2000)

DINNERLADIES

Actor/Paul, Poztzitive Television/BBC Television (1999)

THAT PETER KAY THING

Actor/Samambi Singer, Open Mike Productions/Channel Four (1999)

THE MAG

Reviewer (Regular), United Television/Meridian Television (1998)

THE ALL NEW FOOD SHOW

Presenter, Uptown Television (1998)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Presenter, Uptown Television (1998)

FULLY BOOKED ‘SPECIAL EDITION’

Presenter, BBC Television Scotland (1997)

GRANADA TONIGHT

Vocalist, Granada Television (1996)

THE BILL

Actor/Local Youth, Thames Television (1994)

 

Commercial

COI ‘HIGHER EDUCATION’

Actor/Student, Brave Films (2001)

 

Theatre

BLACK DOG NIGHT: BACK TO BLACK

Performer (2013)

VELVET TONGUE

Performer (2011)

LOONEY TUNES

Actor/Tommy, Nitro Black Theatre (Touring) (2001)

OUT AND ABOUT

Lead Actor/Josh, Aspects Theatre Company (2000)

SEASON AT

Actor/Various, Aspects Theatre Company (1999)

DON’T FORGET YOUR BANDAGE

Presenter/Lead Actor/Johnny Toupee, St John Ambulance (1995)

STRINGFELLOWS SHOWCASE

Vocalist, Stringfellows (1995)

GROSVENOR PLAYERS – THE NEXT GENERATION

Actor/Staff Sergeant, St John Ambulance (1994)

STARS OF TOMORROW

Lead Vocalist, PAD Productions (1991-1994)

VARIOUS PRODUCTIONS

Actor, Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre (1986-1989)

 

Video

WHO CARES (CORPORATE)

Self/Cadet, Two Four Productions (1991)

 

Radio

PENNY SMITH

Guest, Talk Radio (2017)

STEPHEN NOLAN

Guest, BBC Radio 5 Live (2016)

YASMEEN KHAN

Guest, BBC Three Counties Radio (2016)

THE JONATHAN VERNON-SMITH SHOW

Guest, BBC Three Counties Radio (2016)

KEVIN PHILEMON

Guest, BBC Radio Gloucestershire (2016)

INSPIRATIONS WITH MARK DEAN

Guest, BBC Radio Northampton (2016)

BREAKFAST WITH LEE JASPER

Guest, Colourful Radio (2014)

VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Guest, BBC Radio 5 Live (2013)

UPFRONT WITH NGUNAN ADAMU

Guest (Regular), BBC Radio Merseyside (2013)

THE MIX TAPE

Guest, Gaydio (2012)

BILLY MAHER’S BREAKFAST SHOW

Guest, BBC Radio Merseyside (1996)

 

Public Speaking

UPHOLDING INTEGRITY IN POLICING

Guest Speaker, Dods Group (2017)

BLACK PEOPLE AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Panellist, University of Bristol (2017)

RACISM IN LGBT+ COMMUNITIES

Panellist, Royal Society of Arts (2017)

NOT DANCING TO THEIR MUSIC

Chair, Bisi Alimi Foundation (2017)

AFRICA’S FUTURE HAS NO SPACE FOR STUPID BLACK MEN

Moderator, Granta Magazine (2016)

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO: BREXIT AND THE FUTURE OF LGBT RIGHTS

Panellist, White & Case with Pride in London (2016)

LGCM LONDON FELLOWSHIP (3F)

Guest Speaker, The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (2015)

THE BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Guest Speaker, Croydon Area Gay Society (2015)

BME CANCER VOICE

Ambassadorial Speaking, Manchester Town Hall (2014)

YEAR 11 RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY

Guest Speaker, Childwall Sports & Science Academy (2014)

BME CANCER VOICE LAUNCH

Ambassadorial Speaking, House of Commons (2014)

’20 YEARS AFTER STEPHEN LAWRENCE, CAN THE POLICE SERVICE REFORM ITSELF?’

Guest Speaker, National Black Police Association Conference (2013)

‘CRE8 THE FUTURE’

Panellist, The Cre8 Life Style Centre (2013)

‘BEING ME’ EVENT

Guest Speaker, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (2012)

LGBT FOCUS GROUP

Guest Speaker, St Mungo’s (2012)

 

Other

“OTHER HEROES” – AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO CELEBRATE LGBT HISTORY MONTH

Portrait Sitting, Pinsent Masons (2017)

 

Professional Memberships

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

British Actors’ Equity Association

 

Awards

2015: Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

2012: Diamond Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II

1998: National Young Achiever, Queen Elizabeth II

1996: Cadet of the Year, St John Ambulance

1994: Grand Prior Cadet, St John Ambulance

 

Festivals, Conferences & Workshops

2016: Guardian Masterclass: Writing Opinion Pieces

2015: Guardian Masterclass: Finding Your Voice

2013: The London Book Fair

2012: The Practical Producers’ Masterclass, London

2012: BBC Academy TV Fast Train, London

2011: Sheffield International Documentary Festival

2011: Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass, London

2011: London Comedy Writers’ Festival

2011: British Library Write Queer London, The Yokel’s Preceptor

2010: London Screenwriters’ Festival

2010: Kingston Publishing Conference

1997: Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival