Down syndrome is a genetic condition that is caused by an extra chromosome in the body's cells. People with Down syndrome have characteristic facial and other physical features. There is a degree of mental disability associated with this condition. However, this varies from individual to individual. There may also be some other inherent problems with some organs of the body like the heart, lungs, ears or intestines. Most people with Down syndrome can live normal, happy lives with the correct care and support.
8 Famous People with Down Syndrome
The more educated and informed society is made on Down syndrome, the better these individuals are understood and incorporated into everyday life. Just because they look different doesn’t mean they have no valuable impact to make on society. This is clearly illustrated in Hollywood, which has seen a few great actors with Down syndrome elevate the art of acting.
He starred in the series called The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Although he had been involved in acting for most of his life, the role of the adopted older brother in this family series is what catapulted him into celebrity status.
Lauren Potter is one of the famous people with Down syndrome. This blonde actress gained popularity on the TV show Glee.
A star in his own right in the British Documentary Growing Up Down's. This documentary follows 3 individuals with Down syndrome and their daily ups and downs as they produce the Shakespeare play, Hamlet. This British actor has been acting since 2007.
Christ Burke is the National Down Syndrome Society's Goodwill Ambassador since 1994. He has used his celebrity status to bring awareness to Down syndrome worldwide. He is famous for his role as the beloved brother, Corcky of the Thacher family, in the popular TV show Life Goes On. His other TV appearances include: ER, Touched by an Angel and the successful movie Mona Lisa Smile.
Edward Barbanell, a comedian who has appeared in productions like The Ringer, Workaholics and The New Normal. He has also made a guest appearance in Johnny Knoxville's Jackass 3D.
Jamie Brewer is another one of the famous people with Down syndrome. He plays the clairvoyant witch Nan in the popular TV show American Horror Story: Coven.
Angela Bachiller became the first person with Down syndrome to be elected a councilwoman in her native Spain. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant in the department of Social Welfare and Family. Her favorite pastime activities include reading and travelling. Her hope is to make a difference to the lives of people with disabilities and educate people on the normality of those with Down syndrome.
Michael Johnson is a famous painter who has exhibited his artwork at Vanderbilt University. He has created more than 500 commissioned paintings and has had his art featured on the cover of American Journal of Public Health.