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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Actor with Down syndrome to star in Glee, episode 9

An episode of the US series Glee is coming up (Channel 10, Thursday 19th November, 7.30 pm), that includes a storyline about a young woman with Down syndrome, played by Lauren Potter. You'll also be able to catch it online after the air-date, here.

Here is
an interview with Lauren Potter, who also had a role in the movie Mr Blue Sky. Lauren's IMDb page is here. A second character with Down syndrome is played by Robin Trocki.

The Glee episode, "Wheels" was broadcast last week in the US, and comments we've seen from families who saw it have been positive. Reviews have been mixed - you can track some of them via Patricia Bauer's blog. This review from the Washington Post concentrates on the debate about whether an actor who actually uses a wheelchair should play a character who does, and comments briefly on the actors with DS

We've also heard from the US that Lauren's character will make another appearance in a few weeks.

Check your TV program to confirm the date - sometimes these things change at short notice (there was some grumbling about last week's episode being a repeat, when it is still only Season 1)!

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