Adam Pearson (actor)

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Adam Pearson
Photograph of Adam Pearson
Adam Pearson in 2016
Adam Pearson

(1985-01-06) 6 January 1985 (age 35)
London, England
Alma materBrighton University
OccupationActor, television presenter, advocate

Adam Pearson (born 6 January 1985) is a British actor, presenter and campaigner. He appeared in the 2013 film Under the Skin.[1] He has neurofibromatosis and has been involved in outreach programmes to prevent bullying associated with deformities.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Adam Pearson (right) and his twin brother Neil (left) from the Horizon episode My Amazing Twin.

Adam Pearson was born in 1985, along with his identical twin brother named Neil. After Adam hit his head at the age of five, the resultant bump persisted instead of healing. He was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type I, which causes non-cancerous tumours to grow on nerve tissue. Both Adam and his brother Neil suffer from the condition, which manifests very differently between them.

Pearson has been a victim of bullying throughout his life.[4]


Pearson graduated from The University of Brighton with a degree in business management. He worked various jobs in television production for the BBC and Channel 4 including the shows The Undateables and Beauty and the Beast.[5]

In 2013, he was cast alongside Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's film Under the Skin. He said that he hoped the role would challenge disfigurement stigma.[6] He worked as a researcher for the BBC and Channel 4 before becoming a strand presenter on the first series of Beauty and the Beast: the Ugly Face of Prejudice on Channel 4. He was also one of the development team of Beauty and the Beast and consulted on the Dutch version of the series.

Pearson has worked on all five series of The Undateables for Channel 4 as the casting researcher. He has presented the BBC Three documentaries, Adam Pearson: Freak Show and The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime, and appeared as a reporter in the Channel 4 series, Tricks of the Restaurant Trade.[7] Pearson has expressed interest in playing a James Bond villain.

Pearson was nominated as UK Documentary Presenter of the Year at the 2016 Grierson Awards.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Under the Skin The Deformed Man
2015 Oddity[9][10] Andrew Galveston Short film. Best Film Winner 2015 at Cheltenham Film Society
2015 Rodentia Hermes Short film
2015-2018 Tricks of the Restaurant Trade Himself Television series
2016 Horizon Himself "My Amazing Twin" TV episode broadcast on BBC 2, 26 August 2016.
2017 DRIB Himself
2019 Chained for Life Rosenthal
2019 Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal Himself BBC Four Television series


  1. ^ Emilia Papadopoulos (8 September 2014), BBC London: Adam Pearson stars with Scarlett Johansson, retrieved 20 May 2016
  2. ^ Mike McCahill (16 March 2014). "Under the Skin: Loving the alien". Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Changing Faces". Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. ^ Greenwood, Carl (23 July 2015). "Adam Pearson reveals the cruel treatment he faces at hands of bullies". mirror. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ Amie Mulderrig (15 October 2014). "Actor Adam Pearson on disfigurement, working with Jonathan Glazer and nude scenes with Scarlett Johansson". East London and West Essex Guardian Series. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  6. ^ Day, Elizabeth (12 April 2014). "How Scarlett Johansson helped me challenge disfigurement stigma". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Speakers | Business Disability Forum".
  8. ^ "The Grierson Trust - Nominations".
  9. ^ CFS Committee (23 September 2015). "Reactions to Wakolda". Cheltenham Film Society. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Oddity". Worcestershire Film Festival. 7 November 2015. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.

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