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Samantha Renke

Actress and disability campaigner

Teacher turned actress Samantha has Brittle Bone Condition, but she doesn’t let her condition limit her life and she is fiercely independent. Five years ago she moved from Lancashire, where she lived with her Mum, to London and now she lives on her own in Shoreditch.

Samantha is campaigning for accessible homes for independent living with her landlords, Habintag. She works with disability charities such as SCOPE and she is ambassador for Parallel London, a mass participation race for people of all abilities. She wants to educate people about disability to dispel stereotypes and stigmas.

When she’s not acting or raising awareness her hobbies include, berlexcercise, evenings out and shopping. Samantha loves to cook, and is a self-confessed feeder who is looking for the right man to fatten up!

My Brittle Bone Condition Won't Stop Me Living Life To The Full

<img alt="new activists" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5516556/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> My name is Samantha Renke and I am a Lancashire-born actress and public speaker who currently lives in east London. I am a former teacher and trustee for the brittle bone society. I have a genetic condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bones condition which means I am a full-time wheelchair user, but this most certainly doesn't stop me from living life to the full.
25/09/2017 08:58 BST

Online Trolling Needs To Be Taken Seriously

<img alt="everybody banner" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5399116/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> Samantha Renke faced horrendous online abuse after she appeared in Malteasers ads last year. In her vlog as part of Everybody launch week, Samantha discusses her experiences, how she reacted and what needs to be done to ensure that disabled people are not subject to trolling.
07/07/2017 09:22 BST

My Dating Dilemma - Do I Disclose My Disability?

The answer to all of the above is yes, yes and yes my disability does not stop me from wanting to find love, have a sex life or be seen as desirable. So why do people feel they need to ask these questions to people with disabilities?
14/02/2017 09:30 GMT

'You Can't Be Depressed, You're An Inspiration.'

As 'inspirational people', I sometimes feel that we cannot let anyone down and the concept of us being depressed or down is just not acceptable, we are don't forget other people's rocks, and if we are depressed, what hope is there for others?
10/10/2016 16:35 BST

Where Are The Disabled Women In H&M's New Advert?

I'm currently residing in the trendy east London area that is Shoreditch and I would classify myself as a 'fashionista'. I go shopping on the High Street almost every week but I still don't see images of people like me staring back from the hundreds of advertisements.
29/09/2016 17:24 BST