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Dr Simone Knox

Dr Simone Knox
  • Alumni Relations Coordinator

  • Module convenor for Exploring the Studio and Comedy on Stage and Screen

Areas of interest

My main research interests lie in the analysis of television and film, especially aesthetics and medium specificity, acting and performance, adaptation and translation (including dubbing and subtitling), the politics of representation, and the lived experience of screen culture. 

My recent publications include the co-authored monograph 
Friends: A Reading of the Sitcom, a book chapter interrogating the notion of British acting, and a journal article on the representations of British Chinese identity in British television drama.

Postgraduate supervision

I would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on my research interests, as well as those with an interest in my key research methodologies, which include close textual analysis, practitioner interview and archive research. 

I am currently supervising PhDs on illness in contemporary film and television, Peter Shaffer and the adaptation process from stage to screen, and creative agency and women of size in contemporary film and television, as well as second supervising contemporary Chinese independent film in relation to the market and the self, performative documentary, and the Arabic subtitling of children’s films. 

Completed doctoral projects


  • Shweta Ghosh, Filmmakers with disabilities and film expression in contemporary India (practice-as-research)
  • Delphi May, Chinese identity in contemporary Spanish film and television
  • Trevor Rawlins, Actor Training for Television
  • Anna Varadi, Screening the cultural heritage of the 1980s on contemporary US television
  • Timotheus Vermeulen, The Suburb in Contemporary Film and Television


Second supervisor

  •  Jamila Baluch, Representations of Race in Contemporary US Television Drama
  • Tamara Courage, Contemporary Chinese Independent Cinema: Urban Spaces, Mobility, Memory
  • Michael Fitzgerald, Representations of Native Americans in US Television Drama
  • Tonia Kazakopoulou, Olga Malea's Films



  • Approaches to Television
  • Exploring the Studio
  • Comedy on Stage and Screen
  • Identity, Agency, Advocacy
  • Dissertation (BA)

Professional bodies/affiliations

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