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Actress With Down Syndrome Draws International Buzz

By Michelle Diament | February 21, 2012

A British actress with Down syndrome who appears on a popular BBC show is attracting acclaim from viewers around the world.

Sarah Gordy, 30, plays Lady Pamela Holland on the drama “Upstairs Downstairs.” The 1930s-era show focuses on a wealthy London family and their servants.

Gordy’s character is positioned as the sister of one of the show’s leading men who spent years in a mental institution because of the stigma associated with Down syndrome at that time.

The actress says she appreciates the platform the role has given her to show the public what those with Down syndrome are capable of.

“I get a lot of messages from people in America who are fascinated by this character and her experiences. It seems like I’ve become a bit of a pin-up girl for Down’s syndrome,” Gordy told The Argus, a British newspaper.

The hit show has aired in the United States on PBS.


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