Oscars 2018: Rachel Shenton uses sign language in acceptance speech

07 March, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • Rachel Shenton signs along with her speech while accepting her Oscar

The British soap stars, best known for playing Mitzeee Minniver and Liam McAllister in the Channel 4 show, fended off competition from short films DeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O'Clock, My Nephew Emmett, Watu Wote/All Of Us at the glittering ceremony.

Rachel Shenton might not look familiar to everyone, but for everyone who was part of the Switched at Birth family, you know her well.

EX-HOLLYOAKS actress Rachel Shenton has come a long way from Chester after winning her first Oscar at this year's ceremony. She accepted the award with her fiance and the film's director Chris Overton who also appeared in Hollyoaks. And my hands are shaking a little bit, so, I apologize.

Maisie didn't go up on stage to collect the award, but Overton told BBC 5 live: "When we won I could see her up there jumping up and down and that was surreal". Because I think that the greatest thing our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand.

She was among those who congratulated Rachel on her win, tweeting: "YAYAYAY!" And my kids. And I wanna say, like Jimmy Cagney said once, 'My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brothers and sisters thank you.

The screen star, from Caverswall, near Stoke, said: "I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I'd sign this speech". The 30-year-old actor stars in the short about a child Libby, played by Maisie Sly, who lives a silent life until a social worker (Shenton) teaches her to communicate through sign language.




Media captionMaisie is taking Hollywood life in her stride.

"Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence". This is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers.

She has been a long-time ambassador for the National Deaf Children's Society in the United Kingdom, completing a skydive and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the charity in the past.

In his acceptance speech, Overton thanked Shenton - his fiancee.

The pair also thanked their parents and those who helped fund the project on Indiegogo - which helped them create the film on a £10,000 budget.

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