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Victoria Wright gives a resounding thumbs up to TV's Coronation Street for casting disabled actor Liam Bairstow

21 September 2015


portrait photo of actor Liam Bairstow

It is an unwritten rule in soapland that you can have as many gangsters, thugs, serial killers and baby snatchers as you like but only one disabled character at a time, otherwise it might look a tad creepy and unrealistic.  Actually, I say ‘unwritten’ but it wouldn't surprise me it this was written down on a big yellow post-it note in every soap producer’s office, along with the words ‘Diversity refresh due circa 2018!’  This might sound a bit cynical...

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