Link December 2018 Volume 27 Issue 6 - Page 28

people Not just a label It’s been a huge year for British actor, dancer and model, Sarah Gordy, who became the first woman with Down syndrome to be awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) while also receiving great reviews for her leading role in the A acclaimed London theatre production Jellyfish. ustralian TV audiences may have seen Sarah as Lady called ‘TimeSlip’, which was a winner Pamela Holland in the BBC in the 2014 Australian Sit Down Shut directors were horrified when they saw me,” Sarah said. “How were they going to keep TV series Upstairs Downstairs; and Up & Watch Festival, and in the UK to a tight schedule with a central as Sally Harper in series three of the she has appeared in many other TV character played by someone with BBC’s Call the Midwife. Both roles shows, radio dramas, commercials Down syndrome? highlighted the treatment of people and theatre productions. with disability in British society in the late 1930s and 1950s respectively. 28 Sarah also acted in a short film people “At the beginning of my career, the stage managers and assistant “What happens is: we keep on schedule, we do good work … and I earn respect. I know this because