Former Hollyoaks star gives Oscar acceptance speech in sign language
Former Hollyoaks star Rachel Shenton has given her Oscars acceptance speech in sign language.
The actress, who played wannabe WAG and Cheryl Cole lookalike Mitzeee Minniver between 2010-13, accepted the Best Live Action Short Film award in Hollywood last night.
Shenton accepted the award alongside director boyfriend Chris Overton, who she met through Hollyoaks. Their film ‘The Silent Child’ is about the difficulties faced by a deaf child in an able-bodied family.
She told the crowd that she had promised her six-year-old co-star Maisie Sly to give her acceptance speech in sign language.
Shenton said: “I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I would sign this speech but my hands are shaking a little bit, so I apologise.
“Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence, it’s not exaggerated or sensationalised for the movie, this is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers and access to education.
“Deafness is a silent disability, it is not life-threatening and you cannot see it so I want to say the biggest thank you to the Academy for allowing us to put this in front of a mainstream audience.”
Watch Shenton’s acceptance speech here: