Rosie Jones has revealed she played a creative part in bringing Sex Education’s Isaac Goodwin to life.
The 31-year-old screenwriter- who has cerebral palsy – was Friday’s guest on Loose Women, where she discussed her latest children’s book The Amazing Edie Eckhart.
The comedian also discussed her the importance of introducing a disabled character to Netflix’s hit teen comedy, Sex Education.
‘I was lucky enough to be in the writer’s room for series two of Sex Education, and I love series one, but going into that writer’s room I said, “if you want to be as brilliant and inclusive as you can be we need to show a disabled person being young and having sex”,’ Rosie said.
‘In a lot of media, even now, when there’s a disabled character they’re often the victim or they’re the person who doesn’t have sex, or they’re just one dimensional.’
‘Disabled people are not like that, we’re brilliant, we’re flawed and guess what, we have a lot of sex, all the time constantly,’ Rosie laughed.
Isaac Goodwin (played by George Robinson) was introduced to viewers in season two of Sex Education as an aspiring witty artist who develops a crush on Maeve Wiley (played by Emma Mackey).
George Robinson recently opened up about how playing a self-assured character had a positive impact on the actor.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: ‘The feedback I’ve got from within the disability community is that it’s really refreshing to see someone who is so comfortable within themselves and not questioning their existence.’
‘I hope that through Isaac, people see how to treat someone with disability as if they were treating anyone else, regardless of it,’ he added.
The star also opened up about the online abuse she suffered following her debut on BBC’s Question Time.
During the programme, Rosie delivered a blinding take down of Boris Johnson’s Party Conference speech, speaking for a large majority when she said he spoke a lot but ‘I didn’t hear anything’.
While many applauded her performance, she was still subject to vile attacks on social media.
Rosie said: ‘I got a lot of abuse online about how I look and how I sound and about my disability, and actually that makes me more determined to speak out for minorities because this country needs to be a more accepting place to live in.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV and Sex Education is available to stream on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.