Hollywood Calling: Shoreham Academy student stars in Disney’s new Peter Pan and Wendy film
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Year 10 student plays Slightly, leader of the Lost Boys, in the new live-action Peter Pan adaptation
Student becomes the first actor with Down’s Syndrome to land a major role in a Disney+ film.
There was great excitement at Shoreham Academy today as one of its students returned from attending a magical premiere in London last week. Year 10 student, Noah Matthews Matofsky, attended the premiere of ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ in which he plays Slightly, the leader of the Lost Boys. Noah stars alongside actors including Jude Law in Disney+’s latest live-action film which is due out this week.
Noah was chosen out of thousands of young actors and spent six months filming in Canada last year. Whilst away filming, he kept in regular contact with Shoreham Academy who supported him and ensured he could balance his schoolwork whilst acting on set.
In starring in the film, Noah makes history as the first actor with Down’s Syndrome to land a major role in a Disney film. He is no stranger to the limelight, having previously starred in Shoreham Academy’s productions of ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Cinderella’. He credits drama at the school for inspiring his love of acting and is looking forward to taking on more exciting roles in TV and film in the future.
Speaking about his achievement, Noah said:
“I loved being on set and I loved how the film was made. I can’t wait for you to see it. It comes out on the 28th of April and you’re all going to love it!”
Melanie Edwards, Director of Inclusion at Shoreham Academy, said:
“The Inclusion Team couldn’t feel prouder of Noah and all that he has accomplished so far! It fills us with joy that he is such a delightful student and he absolutely enriches our school. He was our star before he was Disney’s!”