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Britain’s Got Talent Comedian Lands Sitcom Roles

After finishing in second place in last year’s Britain’s Got Talent series, 15 year old comedian Jack Carroll has won himself a legion of celebrity fans and a number of showbiz gigs with his own unique brand of comedy.

After being born 11 weeks early, weighing just 3lb 4oz, Jack suffered brain damage during or soon after his birth, leaving him with cerebral palsy. Diagnosed with spastic diplegia, Jack’s family were told that both of his legs had been affected by the brain damage and it was unlikely that he would ever walk.

Fast forward 15 years and Jack has every reason to smile. The teenager has gone on to win a Pride of Britain Award and landed himself a showbiz mentor in Britains’ Got Talent judge David Walliams, who has been in constant contact with Jack since he was runner up on the talent show. David even went as far as to write an original part for Jack in his BBC comedy series Big School in support for his career. 

Jack, who regularly uses his cerebral palsy as part of his tongue in cheek comedy act, has recently spoken out about how he copes, and how he doesn’t see himself as disabled.

Jack said:  “Coping with cerebral palsy is easy. For me I don’t know anything else. I suppose it is different if you have been an able-bodied person and then have a faculty taken away from you.

“But if you’ve not known anything else then you just get on with it. I’m not saying I don’t moan. I do, quite a bit. But we all need something to moan about.”

“If I can laugh at myself and make people laugh, maybe they will not be scared to talk about disability.”

Despite being on top of the world, the teenage comedian also revealed he has plenty of reasons to grumble, one being school and the other being his legion of overenthusiastic and overage groupies. Laughing, he said:

“I am not around enough to have a girlfriend at school and my groupies seem to be old women, which is an unsightly thing.

“Old people are so presumptuous. They think it’s alright just to come and hug me. They don’t know me. That’s a weird thing I have to put up with now.

“I did this short film in Blackpool and it happened a lot. I had to get the director to come and block them off!”

While Jack’s case is definitely a breakthrough, it is still often the case that able-bodied actors are largely cast in parts which disabled actors could portray on stage and screen.

Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition, and children like Jack can be left unable to walk or talk, seriously affecting their quality of life.

Because of this we want to ensure that you and your child are provided with the best care and support possible. Call us now on 0161 904 4660 to bring a claim for compensation.

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