Sophia Louise Morgan
24 February 1985
Sophie Morgan (born 1985), is a British television presenter and former reality television contestant. Morgan suffered a T6 spinal cord injury in a road traffic accident in 2003, resulting in paralysis from the chest down. In 2016, she was a lead presenter for Channel 4's TV coverage of the Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Morgan was born near Crowborough, East Sussex, in 1985. Her father is a retired wine broker and her mother held various positions as a nurse, gundog trainer and air stewardess. Morgan was educated at Cumnor House School, South Croydon, and at Gordonstoun school in Moray, Scotland.
Prior to the accident, Morgan had planned to study Law at the University of Manchester. Having returned to live with her parents in Brighton, she instead opted to study art at the City College Brighton & Hove After completing her art foundation course, she started a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts at Goldsmiths, University of London, but did not complete her studies. She later obtained a diploma in arts therapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
Career in television
In 2004, 9 months after her accident, Morgan took part in the first series of BBC Two's Beyond Boundaries, which followed 11 disabled people on an expedition to traverse 220 miles across Nicaragua from its Atlantic coast to its Pacific coast. She contracted amoebic dysentery in the jungle, requiring 5 days' hospitalisation, and was unable to complete the expedition. A follow-up program, Beyond Boundaries: Where Are They Now?, was broadcast in 2009.
Britain's Missing Top Model
In 2008, Morgan appeared in BBC Three's Britain's Missing Top Model. For the series, 8 women with disabilities competed to impress a panel of judges and "prove that they have what it takes to become a model." The winner received a fashion shoot for Marie Claire magazine with photographer Rankin. Danny Cohen said that the series aimed to challenge boundaries in the beauty and fashion industries." Morgan was the runner-up to Kelly Knox. In 2011, Morgan was one of 12 women who were part of Stella McCartney's Adidas campaign for her 'MY2012' sportswear collection.
Licence to Kill
In 2013, Morgan presented Licence to Kill, a documentary for BBC Three about road accidents like hers caused by young drivers. The documentary won the Royal Television Society's award for Best Current Affairs film of 2013. Tom Sutcliffe, for The Independent, described it as "an often heartbreaking film, focusing on the misery that follows road-traffic accidents and the terrifying insouciance of young people about their own survival." Following broadcast of the film, Morgan teamed up with BBC Learning and Drive iQ to launch the Licence to Kill Schools Tour, visiting schools and colleges to promote young driver safety. The tour was endorsed by organizations including Road Safety GB, Transport for London, and RoadSafe.
The World's Worst Place To Be Disabled?
In 2015 Morgan travelled to Ghana, West Africa, to present The World's Worst Place To Be Disabled?, a documentary for BBC Three made as part of the channel's Defying the Label season. Nora Groce, an anthropologist working with people with disabilities in the developing world, described the documentary as "an accurate depiction of the life faced by millions of persons with disabilities".
Morgan has appeared in Horizon for BBC Two, The One Show for BBC One and has reported for Channel 4 News as part of the No Go Britain series which examines accessibility and transport issues for the disabled.
Morgan was one of the presenters for Channel 4's sports coverage of the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, and co-hosted, with JJ Chalmers, the channel's coverage of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Morgan has also co-hosted Channel 4's paralympic magazine show, The Superhuman Show, with Alex Brooker, and presented coverage of the 2016 IPC Swimming European Championships.
In recognition of her work with The Back Up Trust, a charity providing support for people with spinal cord injuries, Morgan was named Girl of The Year by Cosmopolitan in 2004. In 2013, she was named Ultimate Campaigner of the year in Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Women Awards. In 2015 Morgan became a patron of disability charity Scope. She is also an ambassador for Parallel London, the inclusive, disability-led push/run event. She has also assisted in promoting SEAT, a programme to help disabled youths learn to drive.
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- Greenaway, Heather (21 August 2016). "Yes, she can: Host defies odds in Games TV role". Sunday Mail. Glasgow. p. 30. Retrieved 19 September 2016 – via InfoTrac. (Subscription required (help)).
- Williams, Sally (4 March 2012). "'I feel more fulfilled since the accident': Despite being paralysed, Sophie Morgan has modelled for Stella McCartney, runs her own business and is about to present her first BBC documentary". The Sunday Telegraph. London. p. 27. Retrieved 19 September 2016 – via InfoTrac. (Subscription required (help)).
- "Old Cumnorian News 2011/12". Cumnor House School. 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- "Autumn Term Week Three". Gordonstoun. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Morgan, Sophie; Greenwell, Daisy (5 September 2012). "Disability on display". The Times. London. p. 3. Retrieved 19 September 2016 – via InfoTrac. (Subscription required (help)).
- Fairbank, Keith (16 March 2012). "Everything I have achieved is down to the car crash that paralysed me". The Kent and Sussex Courier. Retrieved 21 September 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
- Butter, Susannah (22 May 2014). "I, robot: A high-tech exoskeleton is helping Sophie Morgan to walk again after 10 years in a wheelchair". London Evening Standard. London. p. 48. Retrieved 19 September 2016 – via InfoTrac. (Subscription required (help)).
- Daily Telegraph. I feel more fulfilled since the accident. Sally Williams. 4 March 2012
- Arlington Talent. Sophie Morgan
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- "The One Show 29/03/2016". BBC. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- "Paralympic presenter nightmare". Channel 4. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
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- "Our patrons". Scope. 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- "Meet the Parallel Ambassadors". Parallel London. 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "SEAT Puts Disabled Youngsters In The Driving Seat". 21 October 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
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