Staff Profile:Dr Simone Knox

Dr Simone Knox
Job Title:
Associate Professor
  • Director of Teaching & Learning (Film, Theatre & Television) 
  • Module convenor of Popular Television Genres, Contemporary Documentary; Identity, Agency, Advocacy: Diversity and Representation in Film, Theatre & Television
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 concerning issues of adaptation, and audio-visual translation (dubbing and subtitling);
  • representations of the body and issues of identity, particularly representations of minority identity in television drama.

My research is informed by an interest in and engagement with the lived experience of screen culture, especially through the use of practitioner interviews.

I blog at CSTOnline, Flow and have blogged at Antenna, and 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.

What Actors Do: Robert Lindsay in G.B.H.

What Actors Do: Charles Dance in Game of Thrones

What Actors Do: Jennifer Aniston in Friends

What Actors Do: Merritt Wever in Nurse Jackie

What Actors Do: Adam Driver in Girls

What Actors Do: Benedict Wong in Marco Polo

What Actors Do: Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock (Part 1)

What Actors Do: Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock (Part 2)


Postgraduate Supervision:

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

Current supervision:

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

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

Shweta Ghosh. 'Creative Opportunities: Filmmakers with Disabilities and Film Expression in Contemporary Urban India' 

Hsin Hsieh. 'Peter Shaffer: The Adaptation Process from Stage to Screen' 

Past supervision:

Tamara Courage. 'Contemporary Chinese Independent Cinema: Urban Spaces, Mobility, Memory'

Tonia Kazakopoulou. 'Olga Malea's films' 

 Jamila Baluch. 'Representations of race in contemporary US television drama'

Trevor Rawlins. 'Actor training for television'

Michael Fitzgerald. 'Representations of Native Americans in US television drama' 

• Tim Vermeulen. 'The suburb in contemporary film and television'

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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