Mik Scarlet (born 1965) is a broadcaster, journalist, actor and musician, as well as an expert in the field of access and inclusion for disabled people.[1] He has been voted one of the most influential disabled people in the UK,[2] and was one of the first television presenters in the world with a physical disability.[3]

Mik Scarlet
OccupationInclusion and equality trainer

Early lifeEdit

Scarlet was born in Luton, Bedfordshire. He is a wheelchair user due to the consequences of cancer during infancy.[4]


As one of the first generation of disabled television presenters, Scarlet is best known for presenting the 1992 Emmy Award winning and BAFTA nominated children's television programme "Beat That" on Channel Four. He won a UNICEF award for work with disabled children.

He has also played several cameo roles in shows such as Brookside and The Bill, and was a presenter for BBC2's "From the Edge". He has appeared in numerous television programmes including 2point4 Children.

Scarlet is a regular correspondent for The Huffington Post.[5] He wrote an article for The Independent in 2000 about social rights[4] and was quoted in The Independent about the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[6] In 2012, he wrote an article for Time Out about accessibility in London.[7] That year, he performed in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and presented coverage of the wheelchair rugby for The Paralympic Games.

Scarlet has appeared on various news and current affairs programmes, such as The Wright Stuff, Good Morning Britain, This Morning and Sky News, both as a commentator and reporter. Scarlet also is an occasional reporter for Channel Five News.

He is an ambassador for Parallel London, the inclusive, disability-led push/run event.[8]

In 2018, Scarlet was named on The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list, an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK.[9]


  1. ^ BBC
  2. ^ Disability Power 100 2018
  3. ^ Huffington Post. Mik Scarlet
  4. ^ a b "Mik Scarlet: I don't want a normal life. Why does that shock you?". 14 November 2000. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Mik Scarlet". HuffPost UK. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Think the Paralympics improve life for disabled people like me? You're wrong". 9 September 2016. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Accessible London: Mik Scarlet's favourite spots – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017.
  8. ^ "PATRON & AMBASSADORS". Parallel London. Archived from the original on 13 February 2018.
  9. ^ Disability Power 100 2018

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