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Professor Steve Blandford is Emeritus Professor of Theatre, Film and Television in the Faculty of Creative Industries. He was the co-founder and director (until 2014) of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations is a founding trustee of of National Theatre Wales. and became a Board member of Chapter Arts Centre in 2013.

Steve’s teaching and research interests include: British film, theatre and television; new writing for stage; screen performance; and media and performance in small nations. His latest publication is a monograph on the acclaimed television scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern (Manchester University Press, 2013).

Prior to moving into academia, Steve worked as a writer, actor and director for theatre and television, producing work for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Chapter Arts Centre, Sherman Theatre and the BBC. He was shortlisted for The Guardian International Theatre Award in 1993.

Former Responsibilities at USW

  • External Development and the Creative Industries.
  • Faculty Collaboration, Research, and Curriculum Development.
  • Postgraduate work in Theatre, Film and Television – MA Drama, MA Scriptwriting.


  • Associate Dean of the Cardiff School of Cultural and Creative Industries, 2006-08.
  • Co-Director, Skillset Screen Academy Wales, 2006-08.
  • Head of the Department of Arts and Media, University of Glamorgan, 2003-06.
  • Associate Head, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Glamorgan, 2000-03.
  • Principal Lecturer and Head of Theatre and Media Drama, University of Glamorgan, 1994-00.
  • Head of Theatre and Media Drama, University of Glamorgan, 1992-04.
  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Media, University of Glamorgan, 1990-02.
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Media, Amersham College of Higher Education, Art and Design, 1980-90.


_Chapters and journal articles:
Blandford, S. Lacey, S. McElroy, R. and Williams, R. (2010) Screening the Nation: Wales and Landmark Television, BBC Audience Council for Wales research report.

Refereed journals
Blandford, S. and McElroy R. (vol.3, 2013), ‘Memory, television and the making of the BBC’s The Story of Wales’, special issue, European Television Memories, of Journal of European Television History and Culture

  • Blandford, S. (2012) ‘Wales and the question of the “creative industries”’ North American Journal for the Study of Welsh Culture and History, Spring 2012.
  • — (with Lacey, S., McElroy, R. & Williams, R.) (2011) ‘Editorial: television drama and national identity: the case of ’small nations"’, Contemporary Studies in Television, 6 (2): xiii-xvii
  • — (with Lacey, S.) (2011) ‘Screening Wales: portrayal, representation and identity: a case study’, Contemporary Studies in Television, 6 (2): 1-12.
  • — (with McElroy, R.) (2011) ‘Promoting public service? Branding, place and BBC Wales’, Journal of British Film and Television, 8 (3): 392-410.
  • — (2010) ‘Cultural representation’ in H. Mackay (ed.) Understanding Contemporary Wales. Milton Keynes/Cardiff: Open University/University of Wales Press.
  • — (with Lacey, S. McElroy, R. & Williams, R.) (2010) ‘Comment: portraying Wales in television drama’, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, 7: 96–98.
  • — (2008) ‘A Way of Life: Cinema and New British Identities’, Journal of British Film and Television, 5 (1): 99-112.
  • — (2005) ‘Dramatic Fictions in a ‘Postcolonial’ Wales’ in J. Aaron & C. Williams (eds.) Postcolonial Wales, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp.177-192.
  • — (2005) ‘BBC drama at the margins: the contrasting fortunes of Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh television drama in the 1990s’ in J. Bignell & S. Lacey (eds.) Popular Television Drama: Critical Perspectives. Manchester: Manchester University.
  • — (2005) ‘Wales at the Oscars: heritage film and recent Welsh cinema’, Cyfrwng: Wales Media Journal, 2.
Selected conference papers:
  • ‘Current trends in UK theatre’, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Feb 2012.
  • ‘National Theatre Wales’, Performance beyond London 1945-2010, University of Reading, Sept 2010.
  • ‘The impact of Doctor Who and Torchwood on broadcasting in Wales’, Marymount University, Jul 2010.
  • ‘The Tardis in Wales: changing the face of a small nation through television’, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Lund University, Jun 2009.
  • ‘Creative industries and identity’, AHRC Wales-Ireland Network, Aberystwyth University, Apr 2009.
  • ‘British Cinema and the Break-Up of Britain’, Celtic Media Festival, Leeds Metropolitan University, Mar 2009.
  • ’Questions of identity and creative industries’, MeCCSA, University of Bradford, Jan 2009.
  • ‘Wales and the creative industries’, International Welsh Studies Conference, Toronto University, Jul 2008.
  • ‘Keynote: Cinema and Englishness’, BFI Media Conference, National Film Theatre, Jun 2008.


Board membership:
External appointments:
  • External Reviewer – Bath Spa University, Performing Arts 2014.
  • External Reviewer – Hong Kong Academia of Performing Arts, 2012-
  • External Reviewer – Department of Drama, Royal Holloway University of London, 2011.
  • External Examiner – School of Media, University of Lincoln, 2011-
  • External Examiner – School of Languages and Literature, University of Aberdeen, 2006-10.
  • External Examiner – University of Central England and Digbeth Centre for the Arts, 1999-04.
  • External Examiner – School of Media, Media and Performance, University of Salford, 1998-03.
  • Institutional Nominee to QAA as Subject Specialist Reviewer, 2002-
  • HEFCE Specialist Subject Reviewer for Art and Design, 1998-00.
  • HEFCE Specialist Subject Reviewer for Drama, Dance and Cinematics, 1996-98.


Selected research grants:
Selected postgraduate supervision:
  • The National Cinema of Wales
  • The Sherman Theatre Cardiff, 1990-2000
  • Muslim Identity on Screen
  • British Science Fiction Cinema
  • American Independent Cinema
  • TV Drama in the Nations and Regions
  • Narratives in Health Care

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