Samantha Baines is a multi award-winning comedian, actress, broadcaster and a bestselling author. 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 as well as new bestselling non-fiction book Living With Hearing Loss and Deafness: a guide to owning it and loving it.
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. After seven years of stand-up comedy, two sell out Edinburgh Fringe runs and a UK tour, Samantha has proved her comedy chops but these days sticks to being funny on social media, speaking events, radio and in her books (due to her sound sensitivity).
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 multi-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. The podcast recently won the bronze award for Best Sex and Relationship podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2022.
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 and Stylist 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. Her new non-fiction book debuted as an Amazon Bestseller.
Samantha is a self appointed 'accidental activist', a proud Ambassador for the Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID), leads talks on deaf awareness and has spoken to MPs at the House of Commons about tinnitus, as well as fronting the RNID 'Subtitle It' campaign.
Samantha is also founder and director of successful social media marketing company Penguin in the Room, which she set up after she left drama school. Penguin in the Room have managed social media output for the likes of Susan Calman, The Guilty Feminist, Helen George, Lucy Porter and Ruby Wax's charity Frazzled Cafe and employ a team of creative freelancers who work for the company to support their other artistic endeavours.