Corrie Izzy Armstrong Actress Sherylee Houston Reveals Disability Hate Crime After It ‘Knocked On Her Door’
Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston has spoken out to raise awareness of disability hate crime, after she was wrongly accused of faking her need for a wheelchair.
The actress was left shaken on Tuesday evening (November 10) after learning that a man had paid an angry visit to her home after spotting her walking a few steps.
Houston wasn’t home at the time of the incident, but her partner Toby was forced to deal with some outrageous threats as the man vowed to contact newspapers and report her as a “benefits cheat”.
Best known for her role as Izzy Armstrong on Corrie, Houston has used a wheelchair since being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome at the age of 23.
EDS is a rare connective tissue disorder which affects the joints and causes severe pain. While Houston is able to stand and walk a few steps, she requires her wheelchair to aid her mobility.
Writing on Twitter last night, she said: “Wow disability hate crime knocked on our front door today literally. Scary as shows how much our country’s instinct is to hate not think.”
After her friends and followers expressed concern, Houston continued: “Oh bless you all I’m alright. I’m a little shaken but I wasn’t even there! Thank you all for kind thoughts. It was Toby who got it all.
“Man knocked angry saying he’d seen me walk a few steps to my wheelchair, apparently taken a photo of me and is going to report me for benefits cheat!
“He was very rude to Toby and obviously disgusted that I wasn’t paralysed. Said it wasn’t right and he was going to papers. Vile. Ignorant.”
Houston assured fans that she is fine, but hopes her experience will help to shine a light on the hostility that can be faced by wheelchair users.
The actress has been playing the role of Izzy since 2010.