WHO WE ARE
RIKKI BEADLE-BLAIR MBE
Born and raised by his lesbian mother in South East London, Rikki learned to read at the age of three and wrote his first play aged seven, and started to direct at the age of 11. He attended the experimental Bermondsey Lamp Post Free School, where he could study any subject he liked, and focused on theatre and film making.
Named several years running on the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List as one the 100 most influential gay people in Britain, multi-award-winner Rikki is perhaps best known for creating the cult series Metrosexuality for Channel 4, writing the screenplay for Nigel Finch’s Stonewall, and for his anti-homophobic-bullying films FIT and FREE, co-produced with Stonewall and seen by hundreds of thousands of schookids throughout the UK.
Rikki has a life-long commitment to creating challenging, transformative entertainment in the mediums of film, theatre, music, television, radio, dance and design. He created Team Angelica to pursue these goals and to share opportunities with performers, artists and practitioners from the widest possible range of backgrounds, and is a passionate and committed mentor. He and John have developed all sorts of writers, including Lynette Linton and Waleed Akhtar, showcasing their work at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Bush Theatre, Theatro Technis, the Contact and the King’s Head, among many others.
JOHN R. GORDON
John is a long-time collaborator with Rikki, and is a multi-award-winning novelist, screenwriter, playwright and artist whose work deals with the intersection of race, sexuality and class. As a publisher he is a passionate advocate for queer, Black and other radical, minority voices. Since 2011 the Team Angelica imprint has published award-winning, landmark books by Diriye Osman, Roz Kaveney and Chike Edozien, among others. With Rikki, John has mentored and developed writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, including playwrights Lynette Linton and Waleed Akhtar, showcasing their work at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Bush Theatre, Theatro Technis, the Contact and the King’s Head, among many others.
CARLEEN BEADLE LARCOMBE
Carleen has been in the TV & Film business for as long as she can remember. She attended the prestigious Anna Scher’s Children’s Theatre from the age of 10, and has appeared in plays, TV shows and films. She also studied accountancy, going on to become a production accountant on numerous films, TV dramas, documentaries and entertainment shows. Now a well-established production manager and producer on shows such as Romesh Presents and Catherine Tate’s Hard Cell, Carleen has been a producer on almost every Team Angelica short film and all three feature films. In front of the camera she is perhaps best known for portraying the character of Cindy in the Channel 4 series Metrosexuality, created by Rikki in 2001.
“Everyone has a voice worth hearing, a face worth seeing. Bring your passion to the table and share the feast. Together we will change the world.
The revolution starts here.”
– Rikki Beadle-Blair.
Co-founded by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE, John R Gordon and Carleen Beadle Larcombe in 2009, Team Angelica is a theatre, film and publishing company dedicated to creating thought-provoking entertainment and art by, and with a focus on, outsiders, the marginalised and the maverick in spirit. Whatever your background, whoever you are, you belong.