Samantha Baines is an award-winning comedian, actress and broadcaster. A deaf activist and hearing aid wearer, Samantha is the author of two children's books with deaf protagonists; the award-winning Harriet Versus the Galaxy which she also voices on Audible and Bloomsbury Education book The Night the Moon Went Out.
Samantha likes to keep busy and you may have seen her keeping busy in acting roles in Netflix’s The Crown, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness or Magic Mike Live (directed by Channing Tatum) or personal appearances on ITV's Loose Women, Sky News and Andrew Neil's This Week.
If you don't like watching things, you may have heard her keeping busy presenting on BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Kent, Virgin Radio, hosting Q and A's at the BFI. She also hosts her double award nominated, smash-hit podcast The Divorce Social, which has been featured in international publications as well as being a 'Times Podcast of the Week' and a No.1 relationship podcast on itunes.
If you don't like watching or listening then you must like reading surely! Samantha has written for publications including The Guardian, Time Out, Huffington Post, Stylist Magazine, The Pool, Standard Issue and has a column in Modern Woman Magazine. Samantha's debut children's book Harriet Versus the Galaxy was listed in the Independent's Best Children's Books of the Year 2019, Book Trust's Great Book Guide 2020 and won the Coventry Inspiration Book Award 2021. Samantha's second children's book The Night the Moon Went Out was released in August 2021, published by Bloomsbury and was been nominated for The People's Book Prize.
Samantha is a self appointed 'accidental activist', a proud Ambassador for Royal National Institute for Deaf people, leads talks on deaf awareness and has spoken to MPs at the House of Commons about tinnitus, as well as fronting the RNID cinema subtitles campaign.