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