INSIGHTS & HIGHLIGHTS
AN ORDINARY LIFE
Born to parents James and Rosemary Morris on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. The first three years were happy and ordinary.
Meningitis. The scourge of my young childhood. Having lost the power of speech, social sacrifices were made in order to re-learn to speak and then to continually strive to catch up with other children of my age.
THE PRODUCTIVE YEARS
Gained entry to the UK's only Grammar School for the deaf, Mary Hare in Berkshire before moving onto Ovingdean Hall in Brighton five weeks later. I credit a huge part of my success in life to these specially trained teacher.
BBC CHILD ACTOR
Successfully auditioned from a UK-wide search for a child actor to play the part of 'Alex Friedman', a deaf child in the BBC hit series, 'Love Hurts' with Zoe Wanamaker and Adam Faith.
WORLD POOL CHAMPION
Turned professional at 17 and international by 18. Travelled all four corners of the globe in my quest to be the best, culminating in a world title aged 21. Quit pool to focus on fatherhood.
An avid supporter of the National Deaf Children's Society, I raise funds through performing exhibitions at the UK's leading shopping centres, corporations and public houses. I also supported Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Against Breast Cancer, raising over £300,000 directly.
Knowing that my pool career could end at any time and with limited options due to my disability, I created a property portfolio over the years to sustain me after my career ends.
In aid of the National Deaf Children's Society, I became the first deaf man to trek the last degree to the North Pole. But not without a few incidents.
Following the loss of my parents through cancer after two years of constant caring and in the midst of the birth of both my children, I decided to quit pool to focus on being a father.