Staff Profile:Dr Simone Knox

Dr Simone Knox
Job Title:
  • Director of Teaching & Learning (Film, Theatre & Television) 
  • Module convenor of Popular Television Genres, Screen Relations
Areas of Interest:

My main research interests lie in the analysis of television and film, especially:

  • aesthetics and medium specificity, particularly the relationships between film and television, and convergence culture; as well as acting and performance;
  • the transnationalisation of film and television, especially the relationships between British and US television, and audio-visual translation (dubbing and subtitling);
  • representations of the body and issues of identity, particularly representations of minority identity in television drama;
  • the lived experience of screen culture, especially through the use of practitioner interviews.

I blog at CSTOnline, Flow and Antenna, and have blogged at Screens and Stages. I sit on the board of editors for Critical Studies in Television.

What Actors Do

'What Actors Do' is a co-authored blog strand for CSTOnline by Gary Cassidy and Dr Simone Knox that intends to contribute to the burgeoning field of writing about acting and performance in television. It looks at specific moments of performance that are interesting and noteworthy, and via close textual analysis begins to unpick their meaning. The strand's title deliberately recalls John Caughie's important question 'What Do Actors Do When They Act?', but not because it thinks there can be such a thing as a comprehensive answer to this. Instead, by combining the scholar and practitioner perspective, it seeks to provide some detailed insights into and critically celebrate what it is that actors actually do when they act.


Postgraduate Supervision:

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on my research interests, as well as my past research on postmodern critical theory. I am currently supervising:

 Anna Varadi. 'Back from the Future: Screening the Cultural Heritage of the 1980s on Contemporary  American Television' (first supervisor)

Delphi May. '"Displacing the Hybrid?": the representation of 'Chineseness' and Chinese immigrants in Spanish audio-visual media' (second supervisor)

Shweta Ghosh. 'Creative Opportunities: Filmmakers with Disabilities and Film Expression in Contemporary Urban India' (co-supervisor)

Hsin Hsieh. 'Peter Shaffer" from Stage to Screen' (co-supervisor)

Tamara Courage. 'Contemporary Chinese Independent Cinema: Urban Spaces, Mobility, Memory' (second supervisor)

I have supervised to successful completion:

Tonia Kazakopoulou. 'Olga Malea's films' (second supervisor)

 Jamila Baluch. 'Representations of race in contemporary US television drama' (second supervisor)

Trevor Rawlins. 'Actor training for television' (co-supervisor)

Michael Fitzgerald. 'Representations of Native Americans in US television drama' (second supervisor)

• Tim Vermeulen. 'The suburb in contemporary film and television' (first supervisor)

Research groups / Centres:
  • Centre for Television Drama Studies
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  • Introduction to Television
  • Making Meaning
  • Practical 2: Film/TV 
  • Popular Television Genres
  • Practical Project: Film/TV
  • Weather Case Studies and Forecasting (with Department of Meteorology)
  • Screen Relations 
  • Dissertation/Advanced Practical Project supervision 


  • ECREA editor for Critical Studies in Television.
  • Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Television Studies Sub-Section

  • Member of the Media Across Borders research network,

  • Member of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)
  • Member of the European Television History Network

  • Member of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, Germany

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Associate Member of CFAC - Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures

Academic Awards:

  • Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning Support, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Reading, 2009.
  • School Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning, University of Reading, 2007.


Simone Knox

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 4076

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