Actor Luke Treadaway - who last month won a Best Actor Olivier Award for his portrayal of Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - is a new Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism.
Luke visited the charity and its school with his co-star Niamh Cusack (who plays Siobhan) last year while researching his role in the play about a teenager who is a maths genius and has autism. He met Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron Cian Binchy and talked to Cian about his experiences of autism.
Luke Treadaway, actor and Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism, said: “It is an honour to be asked to be an Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism. Ambitious about Autism was incredibly helpful in our preparations for 'Curious Incident'. Much of my understanding for what it might be like to live with autism came from visiting TreeHouse School and spending time with its Youth Patron, Cian Binchy. The vital work this charity does is something I look forward to supporting and helping in any way I can.”
On 20 April Luke attended the official opening of the ‘Autism is…’ photography exhibition created by the charity’s Youth Patrons to express how they see the world by photographing their everyday lives. It was launched online on World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday 2 April and will be exhibited in the Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue for the duration of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The Youth Patrons were joined at the event by cast members Johnny Gibbon, who shares the role of Christopher, and Niamh Cusack.
Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said: “We’re thrilled Luke is our new Ambassador and it’s a testament to his commitment to raising autism awareness that he’s agreed to further support our work with children and young people with autism. Many congratulations to Luke for winning an Olivier Award for his role of Christopher Boone, we are all very impressed with his sensitive portrayal of a young man who is different.”