Damon Alexis-Rochefort started his professional writing career at 18 as a journalist, with stints on ‘Blues and Soul’, ‘Record Mirror’ and ‘ID’. He went on to become a song-writer, record producer and pop star with hits including the international No.1 smash ‘I Wanna Give You Devotion’ by Nomad (Damon backwards!), as well as producing and writing hits for artists including Kim Wilde, LaToya Jackson, Kenny Thomas, US chart-topping gospel band Spirits and Bad Boys Inc.
Determined to get into script-writing, he met comedy stalwarts Marks and Gran at Alomo in 1996 who took him under their wing, resulting in his first script commissions for BBC 1’s ‘Birds Of A Feather’ (1996 & 1997).
In 2000, Damon wrote and presented his Bafta nominated live chat show for BBC Wales, ‘Damon Rochefort Tonight’ which ran for 12 episodes. In 2004, he joined ‘Coronation Street’ as a writer where he’s – to 2013 – written over 150 episodes including the funeral of the legendary Blanche Hunt, the Wedding of Carla Connor to serial killer Tony Gordon, and the double episode tracking the aftermath of the 50th anniversary’s tram crash.
In 2008, his background in the music business led him to being drafted to develop and write the ITV series ‘Britannia High’ alongside Gary Barlow, and in 2010 he created and wrote ‘Gary’s Army Diaries’ for Coronation Street’s online web site, 3 x 6 min films which show what happened to squaddie Gary Windass when he was in Afghanistan, and witnessed his best friend being killed in action.
These films were the first of their kind for Coronation Street, and later broadcast on ITV 2 as one-off special. Damon also wrote the Coronation Street musical ‘Street of Dreams’ starring Paul O Grady which premiered at Manchester’s MEN Arena in May 2012.
As well as his work on Coronation Street, Damon was Script Consultant on BBC 4’s BAFTA award winning ‘Getting On’, starring Jo Brand, Jo Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, and is working alongside Vicki and Jo on their new BBC 4 show ‘Puppy Love’ for broadcast later this year.
He is also developing several new shows for the BBC and ITV for 2015. Damon is also a long-time supporter of the Kenyan charity S.A.F.E. (Sponsored Arts for Education) which promotes - through drama - social health issues like HIV, female circumcision and heroin use.
Following his experiences in Kenya, Alexis-Rochefort created, presented and exec produced ITV 1’s acclaimed documentary series ‘Corrie Goes to Kenya’ in the summer of 2012, taking Corrie stars to Mombasa to help the Kenyan charity create an ongoing soap for its street theatre project.