‘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.
Fans of the ITV soap took to Twitter to praise Liam’s ‘fine performance’.
Fab new actor Liam Bairstow was fab on Corrie 2nt. Well done sir - well deserved praise by loads on media tonight!!! 😉😆#corrieliam xx— Alison Johnston (@Allyba11ybee) September 13, 2015
Very natural and talented man Liam Bairstow. #Respect— Karl Queensborough (@iamKAQ) September 13, 2015
YAFTA Actor Liam Bairstow has his Coronation Street debut tonight! Well done Liam, you are fantastic.— YAFTA (@YAFTAUK) September 13, 2015
Well done to Liam Bairstow on your Coronation Street debut. You were brilliant. Alex is a great addition to the show. #Corrie— Diane C. (@Brassylassy) September 13, 2015
‘Corrie’ has made history by hiring 26-year-old Liam, who was announced as a new cast member by producer Stuart Blackburn in August.
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.