Jordan remembers getting lost in the magic of Lawrence of Arabia when he was going through a tough time as a kid, and although he might not have understood the film, he was in awe at the escapism film could provide. From a young age, he was told that he couldn’t do things, due to having cerebral palsy, which became a trigger for him to do it even better.
For years, Jordan has worked on long running soaps and dramas including Hollyoaks and Coronation Street and his handheld camera style episode of Casualty won them a BAFTA. Recently, he has loved the freedom to express his vision on shows like Death in Paradise and Ackley Bridge which was the first time that he truly felt like a legitimate director, working with actors who had a mix of experiences and he thrived on the challenges it threw at him.
Living in Scarborough, Jordan feels slightly more detached from the central hub of the industry but to be recognised by BAFTA is the biggest honour of his career. He was particularly inspired by actor Ruth Madeley, a previous BAFTA Breakthrough who has scoliosis, and has kept an eye on the excellent work that she’s been doing ever since.