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Call the Midwife actress Sarah Gordy becomes the first woman with Down's syndrome to receive an MBE

Date: 8/11/2018
Summary: An actress who has graced the screen in Call The Midwife and Upstairs, Downstairs has become the first woman with Down's syndrome to receive an MBE.

Sarah Gordy said it was 'just fantastic' to be at the honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace - and admitted she and her mum shed a tear when they first heard the news.

Dressed in a beautiful teal velvet dress with matching hat, the actress received the honour for her services to the arts and people with disabilities from Prince William.

Gordy was among the list of figures awarded titles in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June and enjoyed a lengthy chat with the Duke of Cambridge as her mum, sister and dad looked on.

She said afterwards: 'I've worked really hard in what I believe in. I'd like to inspire others and empower others to believe in themselves, especially people with Down's syndrome. The world is their oyster.'

Gordy revealed that Prince William said she was 'lovely' and asked about her charity work.

She said she cried with happiness after finding out she was to receive the honour, adding: 'My mum cried when she first got the letter and I cried too.

'My dad was very proud of me and so was my sister, who is here with me today.' 

The actress said she had previously visited Buckingham Palace as a celebrity ambassador for Mencap, a UK charity for people with a learning disability.

She said visiting the palace for a second time was 'very exciting'.

Gordy is best known for her role as Lady Pamela Holland in the BBC TV series Upstairs Downstairs. She starred in Call The Midwife as Sally Harper, a young woman with Down's syndrome who is sent to an institution by her family.

Source: Mail Online

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