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Achill ‘second home’ for Inbetweeners star

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Achill is ‘second home’ for Inbetweeners star


Anton McNulty

One of the stars of the hit summer blockbuster movie, ‘The Inbetweeners’ has described Achill as her ‘second home’ where her family have a house and spend half the year on the island.
Eighteen-year-old Storme Toolis is one of the stars of the film adaption of the Channel 4 comedy, ‘The Inbetweeners’ which premiered last week. Storme lives in London but her father, the investigative journalist Kevin Toolis comes from Dookinella on Achill Island and she even spent time in the local national school.
Storme has cerebral Palsy and is a wheelchair user and landed the role in the movie after she turned up to an open audition to cast extras. The drama student was called back a couple of weeks later and offered a more substantial role, and within weeks was on set in Majorca.
Her mother, journalist Dea Birkett wrote in the Daily Telegraph of how proud she was of Storme getting the role in the movie because as a wheelchair users, there are hardly any parts for her. Storme herself spoke of the difficulties she encounters in getting roles in movies and how able body actors are often given roles ahead of disabled actors.
“I really enjoyed the experience. It just takes a bit more effort to employ someone with a disability. You need wheelchair accessible transport etc, but it is a better and more honest approach to the role and always comes off with more authenticity,” she said.
“I have an understanding of the character which only a disabled actor would. It’s not only the physical things – the way I move my hands and feet, even how I speak, which even the very best non-disabled actor couldn’t capture. When my character becomes the butt of Simon Bird’s jokes because she’s disabled, I know how she feels. I’ve been there. Only a disabled actor will have done that.
“It is just so hard to land a part and it is not because there are no disabled characters. It's just non-disabled actors who seem to get them," she said. "The majority of the 'disabled' characters on TV, such as the boy in the wheelchair on 'Glee' are in fact able-bodied actors.”