Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities
- 08:30 - 16:15
- Manchester Conference Centre
Sarah is an actress, dancer and model with Down’s Syndrome. Sarah has had a successful acting career in television, radio and theatre.
Sarah played the role of Lady Pamela Holland in BBC One’s production of Upstairs Downstairs. Part of her role was written to illustrate the 1930s attitudes to disabilities.
Sarah also starred in Call the Midwife, playing a young woman with Down’s Syndrome who fell pregnant from her relationship with a young man with cerebral palsy.
In 2012, Sarah starred in the short film TimeSlip which was entered into Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival and won the best story award for 2013.
Sarah’s dedication to helping disabled people realise their potential in the world of the arts, especially film and theatre was honoured in 2013 when she was nominated for the BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Award which she subsequently won.
At Carousel, Sarah is a part of the team that have managed and produced Curing Perfect, a creative response to ethical issues raised by advances in stem cell and genetic therapy and their impact on disability. Sarah has also starred in A Glimpse in the Dark, a short film by learning disabled film-maker Will Hanekom commissioned from Channel 4’s Random Acts.