"How Emma Managed To Get In On The Act"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 5, 2002
LONDON, ENGLAND--On January 4, BBC1 will air the television thriller "Messiah 2: Vengeance is Mine".
One of the main characters is played by 18-year-old Emma Hill, a member of the Chicken Shed Theatre acting troupe.
Emma has Down syndrome ("Down's syndrome" in the United Kingdom). While that may seem unusual, we've seen actors with Down syndrome playing characters that have Down syndrome.
What makes "Messiah 2" refreshingly different is that Emma plays a part not written for an actor with Down syndrome.
Emma enjoyed her part in making the film.
"I looked in the mirror after they'd done my hair and my make-up and I thought: 'Even though I've got Down's syndrome, I look beautiful'."
That was before the scenes where her character was brutally murdered.