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14/09/2015 03:24 BST | Updated 14/09/2015 05:00 BST

‘Coronation Street': Fans Praise Liam Bairstow's Performance, As Actor With Down's Syndrome Makes 'Corrie' Debut

Coronation Street’ viewers have given Liam Bairstow a huge thumbs up after the actor, who has Down’s Syndrome, made his soap debut.

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The 26-year-old appeared in ‘Corrie’ as Cathy Matthews' nephew, Alex, in Sunday night’s hour-long special episode.

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Liam Bairstow

Fans of the ITV soap took to Twitter to praise Liam’s ‘fine performance’.

‘Corrie’ has made history by hiring 26-year-old Liam, who was announced as a new cast member by producer Stuart Blackburn in August.

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Liam makes his 'Corrie' debut

He said: "We ran a workshop called Breaking Through a while ago, which was for actors with disabilities. It was recognising that they get so few auditions, and actually we found a young guy there called Liam Bairstow, an actor with Down's syndrome.

"It's not some politically correct thing. We actually found there a really great actor with a wonderful sense of timing. The cast have been really enjoying working with him."

ITV’s Breaking Through Talent disability workshop was created in response to actors with disabilities getting few audition opportunities.

Liam’s casting follows a guest appearance from disabled actor Peter Mitchell in Coronation Street in April.

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