In a previous article, I wrote about the importance of media representation for people with autism, down syndrome, and other disabilities. In this article, instead, I will be spotlighting the positive steps that the media world has made to cast people with down syndrome. This article aims to bring attention to a few of many talented actors and actresses with Down syndrome. Here are a few who have appeared on television or in movies and also happen to have down syndrome.
Brewer held an essential role in the Ryan Murphy hit television series, premiering on October 5, 2011, American Horror Story. In this show, she played the role of Adelaide in season one. She has also performed in numerous dramas, comedies, and musicals, and is the star of the new play, “Amy and the Orphans.”
Gordy is a British actor with many many talents. She is also a dancer and a model and has acted in short films, commercials, plays, the TV series “Upstairs Downstairs” and many single episodes on television. She is also an ambassador for Mencap and a Circus Starr Patron.
Jessop is quite an accomplished actor who has also played several significant roles on the stage. Recently, he won the award of “Best Lead Actor in a Short Film” after starring in the short film, “Down and Out.” He is the first actor with Down syndrome to star in a prime-time BBC drama.
Potter has played a huge role in media representation of people with Down syndrome due to her role in the high profile show, Glee. She also has starred in “Guest Room” and “Mr. Blue Sky,” along with numerous other television shows. She is a well known and public advocate for people with disabilities in the media.
Williamson has guest starred on television shows such as “Scrubs” and “The Guardian.” He has also starred on “CSI,” “ER,” and “Nip/Tuck.” He has, additionally, played a part in numerous independent films that showed at film festivals and short features.
Zimmerman is an American actor well known for his role on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and his guest role on “Glee.” He is 37 years old and, in addition to his acting, has been a long time disability advocate.