Rosie Jones hopes for more acting opportunities after Call The Midwife success

The stand-up comedian, who has cerebral palsy, wants to keep helping to improve disability representation in primetime TV.

Rosie Jones poses for photographers upon arrival for 'An Audience with Kylie' at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. (Photo by Millie Turner/Invision/AP)
Rosie Jones wants to do more acting after Call The Midwife. (AP)

What did you miss?

Stand-up comedian Rosie Jones has said she is hoping for more acting roles - because when she was growing up she did not see people like herself on TV.

The comic, actor and writer, who has cerebral palsy, recently appeared in popular BBC Sunday night drama Call The Midwife. And while Jones admits she loves acting and has always wanted to do it - her main incentive is to keep helping improve disability representation.

What, how, and why?

Rosie Jones as Doreen Challis in Call the Midwife (BBC)
Rosie Jones as Doreen Challis in Call the Midwife (BBC)

Jones, 33, appeared on The One Show to promote her new Comedy Central panel show Out of Order. But she also spoke to hosts Lauren Laverne and Ronan Keating about her recent appearance on Call the Midwife, as a woman with cerebral palsy going through pregnancy in the 1960s.

Jones admitted she had "always" wanted to act and hopes to do more. She said: "I love it. I love my job because one day. I'm presenting a filthy comedy show, the next I'm giving birth to a baby in 1969 ad writing books. And I do it because of disability representation.

"Growing up there was no one like me so the fact I can play these brilliant, meaty roles where I can show disabled people being normal three-dimensional, broad human beings is amazing. And I hope I get to act loads more in the future."

What else happened on The One Show?

Katherine Ryan, Rosie Jones and Judi Love attends 'Out Of Order' TV series photocall, Soho Hotel, London, UK.
Rosie Jones hosts new panel show Out Of Order with Katherine Ryan and Judi Love as team captains. (PA)

Jones was joined in the studio by her parents, both teachers from Bridlington in Yorkshire. The regular The Last Leg guest used the opportunity to celebrate her mum and dad - insisted she would not have achieved her successful career without them.

While Jones has spoken about her parents and her upbringing in her comedy and writing, she has always protected their privacy. But the stand-up comedian was delighted to have her mother and father with her on the chat show and they were shown smiling on proudly as she paid heartfelt tribute to them.

She said: " Them being here today just shows how supportive they are. And there's absolutely no need to get sentimental but just me having a b***dy disability - I am who I am because of them two, because growing up they never made me feel like I was different or lesser, So yes, I am that positive, independent person because those people gave me everything I needed to achieve."

Out of Order will air on Comedy Central from 26 February.

The One Show airs on BBC One at 7pm Monday to Friday.

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