Our Patron: Stage and Screen Actress Sarah Gordy

"I am different that is good."

“I am absolutely thrilled and proud to be playing a part in the work that Circus Starr does, bringing so much happiness to so many people.  I love their show … every member of the audience just gets swept along by the magic of circus and all you can see is smiles on the faces of everyone around you.”

Sarah is a wonderful advocate for Circus Starr, sharing our ethos that focuses on ability and inclusivity;championing the work we do supporting disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable children and pioneering the accessibility of live performance for all audiences.  

Neville Wilson, Director of Circus Starr says

“We are very proud to have Sarah as our patron.  She is a fresh and wonderful acting talent whose passion shines through every role she plays. Her enthusiasm for Circus Starr’s cause is infectious and she is a wonderful ambassador for our work.”

As Sarah tells the Guardian:

“I’m just a normal person who lives a normal life.” On her website, the 36-year-old puts her professional identity before her disability. “I am an actor, a dancer and a woman first. I have green eyes and Down’s syndrome. I am different, that is good.”

Every year, Circus Starr donates £1.376m worth of free circus tickets to children via special educational needs schools and children’s support services.  Tickets are funded through the sponsorship and donations from local businesses in every town in which the show performs.

Sarah is possibly best known for her role as Lady Pamela Holland in BBC’s ‘Upstairs Downstairs’; a role created by screenwriter Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife, Cranford)  to illustrate the 1930s attitudes to disabilities.  More recently, Heidi created a character specifically with Sarah in mind for an episode of ‘Call the Midwife’ (transmitted February 2014).


She is also a familiar face on CBeebies Bedtime Stories with her readings of ‘We’re Not Sleepy’ and Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Busy Spider’.  Her other TV roles include Holby City, Doctors, Casualty and Peak Practice. www.sarahgordy.com


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