Melissa Johns

Melissa Johns is a British actor and disability activist. She is most known for playing Hannah Taylor in Mike Bartlett’s BBC One drama Life and Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Street.[1] Melissa is an ambassador for disability in the arts and advocates for better representation of disability on and off screen and stage.

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In 2019, Johns was selected as one of 21 actors for the BAFTA Elevate programme. Other TV credits include Jo in SKY’s I Hate Suzie, Beth Fennel in FLACK, SKY’s In The Long Run, BBC’s Casualty, SILK & Doctors.

Theatre credits include One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest at Sheffield Crucible, Emilia in OthelloMacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith/HOME and Graeae’s The Iron Man. Johns is currently developing her one woman show - SNATCHED with The Lowry and Arts Council England.

Between 2017 - 2020, she won several awards including - JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the U.K, Shaw Trust’s Power List - U.K’s 100 most influential disabled people, JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, Shortlisted for Positive Role Model Of The Year Award in the National Diversity Awards.

Johns was selected as Alumna of the Year 2019 for the University of Essex & East 15 Acting School for her work disability advocacy in the arts.

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