This year at Deaffest, we are delighted to announce we will be having an exclusive special guest attending the festival weekend! The guest will present the award to the winner of the Young Deaffest 2013 film competition at around mid day on Saturday 18th May and the coveted Best British Film Award to the winner at the finale of the 4th Film Gala Awards ceremony on Saturday evening!
Rachel Shenton is a British actress known for her role in Waterloo Road and as fan favourite Mitzeee in popular Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. Rachel was born in 1986 in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire where she grew up with her family. Rachel’s acting career began with a number of small recurring roles in television series such as Holby City and Waterloo Road which led her to larger parts in Nickelodeon’s series Genie in the House and Five’s Sophia’s Diary. When Rachel was 11 her father sadly became deaf during chemotherapy treatment for cancer which inspired Rachel to learn British Sign Language, and she utilised this skill by working for her local charity Deaflinks as a volunteer in between acting jobs.
In 2010 Rachel landed the role as Mitzeee Miniever, a wannabe glamour model, in hit channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. After two amazing years Rachel made the decision to leave to show to pursue opportunities that broaden her craft and introduce her to new audiences. Rachel is currently in training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) a charity whom she has a very close connection to after donating her free time running work-shops, translating and campaigning for them.
There will be also be a chance to put your questions to Rachel, as there will be a 15 minute Q&A session with Rachel about her acting career, her huge and significant contributions to the Deaf community, and her future aspirations!