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Disabled actor wins prestigious theatre award

Amy Trigg holding her Olivier award

A disabled actor from Essex was gobsmacked when she became a Laurence Olivier award winner earlier this month.

Amy Trigg was crowned best actress for her part in the West End musical The Little Big Things at a glitzy award ceremony in London last Sunday.

The 32-year-old told BBC News she thought something like this "never thought this would happen" because of a lack of accessibility in the industry.

Ms Trigg, who was born with spina bifida, said: "I never thought this would happen and I am absolutely thrilled.

"I have always loved theatre from when I was really little, and was always nurtured by my family."

Her road to appearing in the West End can be traced back to drama school and training in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, based in south London for three years, where she graduated in 2013.

Trigg said: "After that, I let musical theatre take a backseat because there weren't that many opportunities with regards to access - it didn't really exist when I graduated.

"People were quite against casting disabled actors in any role for some reason."

"But it has changed so much since then."

She may have practised for years until her big break, but that wasn’t the case at last week’s ceremony. 

"The category that I was in was such a strong category, I was so proud to be there alongside the others," Trigg told the BBC.

"I was trying to elevate the pressure in any way possible so I hadn't prepared a speech - what a fool."

The Little Big Things tells the story of Henry Fraser, an artist who became paralysed from the shoulders down after a life-changing accident during a holiday in Portugal at the age of 17.

Trigg added: "It is an inspirational story and it is so much fun and I love it a lot.”

[ The Little Big Things is currently playing at Soho Place in London. ]

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