Melissa Johns

Disabled actress and advocate for disability in the performing arts

"I taught myself to be really animated in my face and to keep eye contact so that they’d never look below my collarbone, so they’d never need to look at my arm."

Melissa Johns is a British actress best known for her roles in Coronation Street, Life and Grantchester. She is also the co-creator of TripleC, an organisation that supports disabled people accessing the performing arts. Melissa was born without her right forearm and hand.

The writer, Emma Purcell, got to speak to Melissa Johns about living with her disability, her acting career both on stage and screen, her appearance on Celebrity MasterChef and her work as a disability advocate. 


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