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'I never saw a body like mine on screen' — Daily Mail

Wednesday, 30 March, 2022

'I never saw a body like mine on screen' — Daily Mail


Ruth Madeley is no diva. The 34-year-old actress is ‘a rose-tinted-spectacles kind of person’, she explains, who errs on the side of being polite and understanding. This has put her in difficult situations, such as when employers have failed to provide her with wheelchair access (Ruth has spina bifida). She says, with a bit of self-mockery, ‘When I started out, if someone said, “We can’t provide a ramp,” I’d reply, “Don’t worry! I’ll crawl upstairs.”’
She is, then, very different to the real person she is playing in her latest role – disability-rights activist, comedian and fellow wheelchair-user Barbara Lisicki.
The one-off BBC drama Then Barbara Met Alan depicts the events that saw Barbara and Alan Holdsworth (played by Arthur Hughes, who has radial dysplasia) meet in 1989. The pair were cabaret performers who went on to found the Direct Action Network (DAN), which led protests for disabled rights. They chained themselves to trains and buses and blocked roads to protest against workplace discrimination, inaccessible public transport and patronising coverage of disabled people on TV. Their work helped bring about the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, which laid the groundwork for 2010’s Equality Act.
Read more at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-10644563/I-never-saw-body-like-screen.html

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