Dwarf actor Lenny Rush is to play Tiny Tim in a new version of A Christmas Carol.
BBC bosses opted to cast the 10-year-old newcomer in the role instead of a well-known, able-bodied star.
And Lenny has vowed to be a hit in the major reworking of the Charles Dickens’ festive classic.
He said: “I think why not cast a disabled actor in the role of a disabled person if they are good at what they do? It raises awareness and shows that everyone is different.”
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Lenny, who was born with a rare form of dwarfism, will appear alongside Guy Pearce as stingy Ebenezer Scrooge and Line of Duty star Stephen Graham, who will play the ghost of Jacob Marley.
His character, who walks with a crutch, is the son of Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s poor clerk, and shows his mean boss the error of his ways.
Campaigners battled for years to persuade broadcasters to change the way they cast roles like Tiny Tim.
Now there are hopes the three-part drama will be the start of a casting revolution.
Lenny added: “I hope that in five years I’ve been able to work with some more amazing directors and actors, and that I am still acting as I love it so much.” A Christmas Carol is on BBC1 for three nights from December 22.
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