Hollyoaks actress wins Oscar for short film about deaf girl

Hollyoaks actress wins Oscar for short film about deaf girl

Newly minted Oscar victor Rachel Shenton gave part of her speech Sunday night in sign language - a shout-out to her film "The Silent Child".

Another heartwarming facet of Rachel's big win is that her fiancé, Chris Overton, directed The Silent Child.

The Silent Child tells the story of a profoundly deaf four-year-old called Libby, played by Maisie. "My hands are shaking so I apologise", she said.

Shenton added: "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.

Rachel Shenton signs along with her speech while accepting her Oscar.

During her speech, Shenton said: "I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I'd sign this speech".

It stars Maisie Sly, aged six, from Swindon, and Rachel Shenton, who played Mitzeee Minniver in the Channel 4 soap.

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As she accepted her award, Frances took the moment to celebrate women who were nominated, and in a bold statement in the midst of the Time's Up movement, invited all female nominees to stand in solidarity with her during her speech.

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Rachel wrote, produced and starred in the film about childhood deafness after she became passionate about the issue when her father became deaf when she was young.

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.

"@SilentChildFilm is an inspirational, handsome story, and we send all our love for her very worthy win".

CHRIS OVERTON: for helping us finish the film. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper. "We crowdfunded this all by ourselves and we had the support of so many people, but it was made on a shoestring". They auditioned 100 children before they found their star.

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