Silent Witness star Liz Carr has attacked the BBC for failing to feature any disabled actors in a trailer for its upcoming shows.
The disabled actress, who has been on the forensic science drama for six years, said: “Weird I’m not in the opening trailer but more weirdly, Silent Witness doesn’t feature in the current BBC1 trailer for upcoming shows.
“As far as I can tell there isn’t a disabled person in the trailer either. BBC needs to do better.”
Liz, who plays scientist Clarissa Mullery, has the genetic condition arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and has used a wheelchair since the age of seven.
Her comments come after the BBC promised a more “authentic and distinctive” representation of disabled people in December.
The BBC said that it made an editing mistake and had now put Carr back in the trailer.
Liz’s comments come after she was knifed by the male, armed with two pairs of scissors, as her carer tried to fend him off in London’s busy Euston Road in 2017.
Only hours earlier, she had hosted a conversation on how the arts and sport can be used to empower marginalised and misrepresented young people.
The event, part of the WHY? Summit and held at the capital’s Southbank Centre on Thursday afternoon, saw a panel of young activists discuss the issue.
Earlier in the day, Liz, who is in a wheelchair and portrays scientist Clarissa Mullery in BBC One’s Silent Witness , had tweeted about the festival.
She wrote: “Heading @southbankcentre for the WHY? Summit with a place full of passionate young activists. I have every hope they’ll kick me into action!”
She later retweeted an image, posted by the Brave Young Souls account, of herself smiling beside an attendee, while dressed in a rainbow-patterned jumper.
That evening, Liz ended up in hospital after she was reportedly lunged at by the scissor-wielding man in the street and stabbed in the head.
She suffered “minor cuts” and was subsequently discharged.
A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH. He was taken into custody at a north London police station and has been sectioned.
A friend said: “It was very frightening for Liz.
“She was being pushed in her wheelchair when this young man armed with two pairs of scissors suddenly headed towards her.
“He followed them and began lashing out and stabbed Liz in the head.”
“There was blood everywhere but she was very lucky that the wound grazed her head and she was not more seriously injured.
“Typically, Liz is putting a brave face on it — joking that it was like being attacked by Edward Scissorhands.
“She has no idea who he was and has never seen him before.”
Both women screamed for help as the man allegedly rushed towards them waving the scissors in the street, near Euston Station.
A police doctor ruled the suspect was unfit to be interviewed and he has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
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