Chris has a varied background in teaching, research and creative practice prior to taking-up his position as Senior Lecturer in Television Theory at the University of Westminster.
Chris holds a BA (Joint Honours) in English Literature and Linguistic Science (2006, University of York), an MA in Writing, Directing and Performance: Theatre, Film and Television (2008, University of York), and a PhD examining adaptation in television drama production (2012, University of York). Alongside his academic qualifications, Chris is a trained voice coach.
From 2009-2012, Chris was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, teaching both theory-led modules in Television Studies and more practice-based modules in storytelling, concept pitching and script development for screen drama.
From 2012-2016, Chris was Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University, and Course Leader for Sheffield Hallam’s BA (Honours) Media degree.
Chris's book, Acting in British Television (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, co-authored with Dr Tom Cantrell, University of York), is the first book-length study of acting processes in contemporary television drama production. Chris has also co-edited (with Cantrell) a collection, Exploring Television Acting, for Bloomsbury (2018).
Chris has published a wide range of chapters and articles on topics including: television acting, casting and inclusion in television drama production, well-being in the television industry, UK-to-US television drama format adaptations, music in period film, and media archiving, in journals such as Journal of British Cinema and Television, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Critical Studies in Television, Media International Australia and Senses of Cinema.
Chris is currently working on a monograph titled Adapting Television Drama for Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming, 2021).
Chris has recently supervised to completion doctoral research investigating representations of a social ‘underclass’ on British television. He would welcome PhD supervisees interested in British television drama, television acting, and screen adaptation.
Chris teaches a wide variety of television-related modules at all levels, but with particular teaching interests in television drama, the mechanics of television storytelling, and television acting.
Chris’s research interests are wide-ranging and include: British television drama, screen adaptation, television acting, casting for television drama (with a particular interest in representation, diversity and inclusion), and well-being in the television industry.
Chris is a member of the Northern Television Research Group (associated with the Midlands Television Research Group).