Coronation Street casts actor with Down’s Syndrome – newcomer Liam Bairstow to play Cathy’s nephew

Show boss Stuart Blackburn commented that Baistow has already begun filming on the ITV soap

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Coronation Street is to introduce a character with Down’s Syndrome after it recently held a workshop for actors with disabilities.

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Newcomer Liam Bairstow will play Alex, the nephew of Roy Cropper’s current love interest Cathy Matthews.

Speaking about the signing, the soap’s producer Stuart Blackburn said: “We ran a workshop called Breaking Through a while ago, which was for actors with disabilities.

“It was recognising that they get so few auditions and  we found a young guy there called Liam Bairstow, an actor with Down’s syndrome.

“He’s going to be coming in as Cathy’s nephew. It’s not some politically correct thing. We actually found there a really great actor with a wonderful sense of timing. The cast have been really enjoying working with him.”

Bairstow was previously a member of the Mind the Gap theatre group and commented last year that he would like to be on TV, even expressing a desire to appear in soapland.

“I would love to be on TV. I remember when ITV’s Katherine Kelly visited Mind the Gap to congratulate our director on the success of the company so I would love to be on ITV, maybe playing a Dingle in Emmerdale!” he said.

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