Celebrity Dyspraxic Bridgerton star, Adjoa Andoh
Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh, who portrays Lady Danbury in the Regency period drama, spoke about how she and one of her daughters are dyspraxic.
During a Loose Women interview about the drama Bridgerton, which recently aired a new season on Netflix, Lady Danbury actress Adjoa Andoh, opened up about being dyspraxic.
The mother-of-three spoke to the Loose Women panel about starring in Bridgerton for the highly anticipated second season which focuses on Anthony's quest to find the perfect wife.
After speaking to the Loose Women panel about her Bridgerton character, Adjoa opened up about being dyspraxic.
"Yes, I was diagnosed as an adult but I wasn't even [me being] diagnosed," she explained to the panel, as she found out through her daughter. She continued: "It was my eldest daughter, she's a big grown-up mother of her own and school teacher now, but when she was at her nursery in the 1980s it just happened that a young woman came along who was doing her PhD in occupational therapy.”
"She got all the kids to do all of these different tests and my daughter came back stratospherically off the charts with dyspraxia.
"I was like, 'Oh she is just like [how] I was as a kid', but I didn't think there was anything to it.
"I was the kid who, when they were picking school teams for sports, it would be me and the girl with tremendously thick glasses who would be left to be picked because everybody knew that I was hopeless." Unfortunately this is an all too familiar experience that many dyspraxic people go through throughout their lives.
Actress Adjoa previously admitted her dyspraxia would prevent her from joining the next season of Strictly Come Dancing.
The BBC ballroom competition wrapped up its 19th series last year, with EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice taking home the Glitterball Trophy. Strictly’s milestone 20th series will take place later this year but the official celebrity line-up has yet to be announced.
Sadly, Adjoa had to shut down the rumours she could be putting on her dancing shoes when the show returns.
While the actress has tried her hand at dancing while on the Bridgertson set, performing on stage to a live audience comes with its own set of challenges. Many other dyspraxic folk will be able to relate to how the pressures of being viewed by others can unconsciously make your dyspraxic traits worse.
She told Good Morning Britain viewers last month: “What it actually means is your balance is sort of out of kilter. I have to practise a lot with props. I have to really focus on dance moves. Any physical stuff like that I need lots and lots of repetition.”