Scottish actor and writer, Matthew McVarish currently appears on the BBC children’s television show ‘Me Too!’ but also works internationally in humanitarian activism. Since becoming published as a playwright and songwriter, Matthew has had various productions of his work performed in the UK and Off Broadway New York, while his music has been used in TV and theatre across Scotland.
Walking 10,000 miles, to every EU capital, Matthew became the first male survivor of childhood sexual abuse to speak out publicly in many countries, broadcast on TV, Radio and newspapers in thirty languages, during his award-winning project the “Road to Change”. Encouraging various governments and parliaments to begin the discussion of abolishing their Statute of Limitations on victims reporting sexual crimes, Matthew was invited to speak at the United Nations and a personal audience with Pope Francis. Upon completing his walk, he returned to Strasbourg where he addressed the Council of Europe to encourage this crucial reform across all 47 European nations.
In recognition of his efforts, Matthew was granted an Honorary Doctorate and awarded the prestigious title, ‘Top Scot’, (previous Top Scots include Andy Murray and JK Rowling) He recently completed an academic paper, published by the Scottish Government, entitled ‘The quality of silence’. Matthew is now an adviser to ECPAT International in Bangkok and chairs the Global Survivor Forum, which further contributes to the United Nation’s discussions on children’s rights.