Actor to be awarded honorary doctorate

University of Nottingham says Sarah Gordy has challenged preconceptions about Down’s syndrome

University of Nottingham says Sarah Gordy has challenged preconceptions about Down’s syndrome

Actor Sarah Gordy, who has Down’s syndrome, will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham next month.

Ms Gordy has appeared in Call the Midwife and Upstairs Downstairs and is believed to be one of the first people with the syndrome to receive an honorary degree from a UK university.

Helen Laverty, professional lead for learning disability nursing at the university’s faculty of medicine and health sciences, said Ms Gordy has ‘challenged preconceptions’ of what is possible for people with a learning disability.

‘A powerful example’

‘Through her critically acclaimed performances, Sarah


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