Actress Sarah Gordy, new Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

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Actress Sarah Gordy Awarded an MBE

Actress Sarah Gordy has been awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Actress Sarah Gordy. Photo: Snooty Fox

Actress Sarah Gordy has been awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Sarah, an actress with Down’s Syndrome and Mencap’s first celebrity ambassador with a learning disability was awarded the honour for ‘Services to the Arts and People with Disabilities’.

Sarah said, ‘I am so surprised and thrilled to receive such an honour.  I am hoping it will be an inspiration to young people with disabilities and their parents.  I have been a professional actor for 17 years and I am pleased to say things are beginning to change.  My industry has started to understand that diversity is an opportunity not a problem. ‘

Sarah who recently spoke at the World Down Syndrome Day events at the UN plays the lead character, Kelly in Jellyfish, a new play by Ben Weatherill at the Bush Theatre, London from 27 June.  Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age with Down’s Syndrome in a seaside town. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose?  Jellyfish is a produced by Mark Cartwright in association with the Bush Theatre.

Sarah’s previous theatre includes: Matilda Glass in Crocodiles (Manchester Royal Exchange), Flora in Once We Were Mothers (New Vic Newcastle Under Lyme and The Orange Tree, Richmond).  (…)

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