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Publication Date: 22 March 2011
The actress and model Kelly-Anne Lyons, who stars in the BBC’s children’s comedy Dick and Dom’s Funny Business, has been selected as Arthritis Care’s celebrity supporter for young people, the charity has announced.
Lyons will be supporting Arthritis Care Week for the charity to help raise awareness of arthritis and, in particular, how it affects the 12,000 children in the UK who have it. Arthritis Care’s President is Jane Asher.
Having developed arthritis herself as an adolescent, Lyons is acutely aware of the pain and difficulties that young people experience during everyday life whilst having arthritis. Lyons’ illness is now in remission.
‘I am so honoured that Arthritis Care has asked me to join them,’ she said.
‘Living and coping with arthritis whilst growing up was tough, but I still managed to maintain high academics, take part in drama, dance, and sports, and enjoy my family and friends. This was due to taking the proper medicine and living a healthy teenage lifestyle.
‘I was luckier than some because despite the pain, I was able to continue doing the things I loved. However, many people with arthritis have to stop doing sports and hobbies because of the impact of their arthritis, which can be very isolating when you are young or a teenager.
‘I am really looking forward to working with the charity to meet people, and hopefully make a difference, especially with regards to children with arthritis. I would be thrilled if I can help raise awareness about arthritis throughout the whole of the UK.’
Lyons will take part in a number of events and campaigns throughout the year, including Arthritis Care Week from 9-15 May 2011.
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For media enquiries, please call the Arthritis Care press office on 0207 380 6550.
US-born actress Kelly-Anne Lyons is a face to look out for in 2011 having just been cast by the BBC in a brand new series with children’s favourites Dick and Dom.
She plays the lead female role and resident sidekick in Dick and Dom’s Funny Business which is shown on Saturday’s on BBC2.
She is no stranger to comedy roles, as she is well known for playing the title role in the online sitcom Chelsey OMG! produced by renowned Comedy veterans Channel X. As a ditzy American twenty-something getting to grips with British culture, Kelly-Anne’s charm, 100-mile-an-hour delivery and natural comic timing helped the series accrue millions of views.
Kelly-Anne was born and raised on America’s east coast with her family settling in New Jersey. Performing arts quickly became the mainstay of Kelly-Anne’s life as she excelled in ballet, song and dance and acting as a teenager and trained at Weist Barron School for Film & TV whilst attending university in New York City.
In New York she began to model alongside acting and was quickly head-hunted by a London-based agency, encouraging her move to the UK after graduating. Among the brand campaigns she modelled for were Special K, The Body Shop, Fila, Fitness First, John Lewis, and Microsoft.
However, acting has always been her focal point and her credits on stage include playing in Footloose, Father of the Bride, Much Ado About Nothing and performing in The Nutcracker.
Kelly-Anne has also been cast in the lead for a sitcom pilot for Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions (Gavin & Stacey, The Mighty Boosh etc.) alongside some legendary comic talent from Britain and America, filming early 2011.
About Arthritis Care
Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Most people with arthritis will experience pain and difficulty moving around. Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis. There are over 200 kinds of rheumatic diseases – the word rheumatic means aches and pains in joints, bones and muscles. Two of the most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Arthritis Care is the UK’s leading charity working with and for people with all forms of arthritis. We offer people with arthritis the information and support they need to make informed choices about managing their arthritis, to reach their potential in society and to fully participate in their communities. We believe that people with arthritis are entitled to receive the best available treatment and medication, and to have their voice heard in decisions affecting their health.
Information and support on how to cope with pain is available by calling the Arthritis Care Helpline free on 0808 800 4050, emailing Helplines@arthritiscare.org.uk or by visiting the website www.arthritiscare.org.uk
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