Shannon Murray: actress, media lawyer and disability consultant – Disability Horizons

Shannon Murray is an actress, media lawyer and disability consultant and has spent more than 20 years campaigning for better representation of disability in the media. She became a wheelchair user following an accident aged 14.

Our writer, Emma Purcell, got the opportunity to interview Shannon Murray about her careers in acting, media law and consultancy as well as her thoughts on disability representation in the media.

Shannon Murray was left paralysed from the waist down following a diving accident at the age of 14, which resulted in her using a wheelchair.

Despite this, she has always had a very positive attitude towards her accident and disability. She hasn’t let the wheelchair become an obstacle and has taken every opportunity given to her.

Soon after her injury, Shannon won a search for the first ever disabled model. She later went onto feature in a high-profile advertising campaign for the British store Debenhams.

As an actress, Shannon has made appearances in a number of successful dramas including EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Silent Witness and Class.

Shannon also works as a media lawyer, in which she negotiates legal matters within the media industry.

Furthermore, her work as a disability consultant allows her to use both her acting and legal skills to advise other disabled people.

In addition, Shannon writes articles for many publications including The Independent, The Conversation, Company magazine, The Times, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The Mail on Sunday, The Evening Standard, among many others.

She writes about a diverse range of topics including, body image, disability in fashion, traveling with a disability, dating and disability, disability in schools and in the workplace.

In 2020, Shannon was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential disabled people in the Shaw Trust Power 100 list.

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