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Cerrie Burnell "proudly refuses to hide her disability"

Cerrie Burnell is a British writer, actress, singer, and a former television presenter for CBeebies, who has faced some adversity for her limb difference.


Keep reading to find out more about Cerrie!

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About


Cerrie was born with a congenital limb difference on her right arm. She had a prosthetic arm which her parents encouraged her to wear as "it would help with her balance, she would be able to use a knife and fork and, I suspect, fit in better with the other children at school", but she felt more comfortable without it. As a child she made this decision, despite others wanting to wear a prosthetic, for example drama teachers would encourage it to increase her job prospects. She feels that her disability has not been a problem for her and we agree!


Career


Cerrie started out in the National Youth Theatre and then studied drama at Manchester Metropolitan University. After this, she landed some small roles on TV and then landed her presenting CBeebies. Her more recent projects included the BBC Two documentary called Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain, which focuses on "the origins of negative attitudes towards disability".


Despite her successful career, when she was presenting on CBeebies she faced many complaints over her limb difference and that it may be scary to some children or that she was only there to fill minority quotas. Cerrie has faced the backlash by saying that disability needs to be shown in a positive way, should be explained to young people and and their disability does not define them a person.


"I'm not going to restrict my own physicality because someone is uncomfortable with it – they're just going to have to deal with it."- Cerrie Burnell
Cerrie Burnell cbeebies British presenter author writer limb difference confidence tv
"We need more disability storylines that are based on truth, and more positive disabled icons." - Cerrie Burnell

Cerrie is a great inspiration to us and we hope she has inspired you to not care what others think!



References:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/feb/21/tv-presenter-cerrie-burnell

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jan/19/cerrie-burnell-disabled-people-have-been-shut-away-during-the-pandemic


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