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DisAbled Soap Characters

This is a list of all the permanently DisAbled soap characters that I, and any of you, can think of. I will start it off and add to it as I hear of any new additions, or suggestions from readers, which can be sent to

Susan Kennedy, Neighbours, MS.

Anne Baxter, Neighbours, blind.

Josh Taylor, Neighbours, permanent wheelchair user.

Paul Robinson, Neighbours, amputee.

Sam Fitzgerald, Neighbours, bipolar disorder.

Brendan Austin, Home And Away, autistic.

Lizzie Lakely, Emmerdale, blind.

Adam Best, Eastenders, permanent wheelchair user.

Hayley Ramsey, Hollyoaks, Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Izzy Armstrong, Coronation Street, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Pete Hamill, Hollyoaks, permanent wheelchair user.

Jackson Walsh, Emmerdale, paralysed.

Billy, Neighbours, permanent wheelchair user.

Steve Kelly, Emmerdale, permanent wheelchair user.

Elaine Lawson, Neighbours, spinal degeneration.

Andrew Robinson, Neighbours, epilepsy.

Dexter Walker, Home And Away, brain injury.

Jean Slater, Eastenders, bipolar disorder.

Spencer Harrington, Home And Away, bipolar disorder.

Nancy Carter, Eastenders, epilepsy.

Donna Yates, Eastenders, permanent wheelchair user.

Janet Mitchell, Eastenders, Downs Syndrome.

Leo Dingle, Emmerdale, Downs Syndrome.

Jade Wicks, Eastenders, Cystic Fibrosis.

Alex Matthews, Coronation Street, Down’s Syndrome.

Toadie Rebecchi, Neighbours, paralysed.

Stacey Slater, Eastenders, bipolar disorder.

Courtney Campbell, Hollyoaks, permanent wheelchair user.

Nicola King, Emmerdale, hemiplegia.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia Henderson permalink
    June 19, 2010 2:57 pm

    My daughter, Joanne, has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she was diagnosed last year. Since she was diagnosed her condition has progressed and she is more dependant on supports. She is depressed most of the time because she cannot live a normal life, she does not want to use her wheel chair, but is in pain without it. I saw that Corrie had a new charecter, Izzy, who suffers from the condition, I believe the actress does too, is there anyway, I could contact her, if she could reassure Jo that, a wheel chair does not mean the end of ones life then if might encourage Jo to use it, and get some quality of life, because right now I am despairing.

    Thank your for any help

    Julia Henderson

  2. samedifference1 permalink*
    June 19, 2010 3:13 pm

    Hello Julia,

    Thank you for your comments. I’ve just found an email address for Cherylee Houston who plays Izzy Armstrong in Coronation Street. It’s

    You are right, the actress does have EDS in real life and is a wheelchair user herself.

    One of my favourite disability blogs, is written by a girl who has EDS. I think your daughter may find it interesting and useful.

  3. January 24, 2013 11:49 am

    Jean Slater, Bi-polar disorder in Estenders and later Stacey her daughter.
    Emily Bishop’s neice who is Deaf (occassional appearances but regular role)

  4. Theresa Maleady permalink
    August 25, 2014 5:56 pm

    Hi same difference I too have a wheelchair as I walk with great difficulty and suffer with chronic asthma I find very hard to walk sometimes. I wear a special shoe for my left leg but people do have to stare at disabled people because of us being differnt to them I am in quite a lot of pain with arthrits at the moment

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