List of people with Down syndrome

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American actor and singer Chris Burke
British actor Tommy Jessop (right) with his brother William
Spanish actor Pablo Pineda, the first European with Down syndrome to complete a university degree
British actress Paula Sage receiving her BAFTA award with Brian Cox

This is a list of people with Down syndrome, a condition also known as Down's syndrome or trisomy 21. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21.[1] It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.[2] The average IQ of a young adult with Down syndrome is 50, equivalent to the mental age of an 8- or 9-year-old child, but this number varies widely.[3] Down syndrome is the most common chromosome abnormality in humans,[3] occurring in about one per 1000 babies born each year.[2]


Name Details Dates Birthplace Source
Danny Alsabbagh Actor who played Toby in Summer Heights High Australia [4]
Ángela Bachiller A city councillor in Valladolid, Spain, representing the People's Party Spain [5]
Edward Barbanell Actor who starred in The Ringer born August 14, 1977 United States [6]
Sam Barnard Actor and reality star who appeared on The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Undateables born October 21, 1985 United Kingdom [7]
Jay Beatty Celtic F.C. fan born December 23, 2003 United Kingdom [8]
Jamie Brewer Actress who appeared in American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Coven born February 5, 1985 United States [9]
Chris Burke Actor and folk singer, best known for his role in Life Goes On as character Charles "Corky" Thacher born August 26, 1965 United States [10]
Collette Divitto Entrepreneur who started Collettey's Cookies born Oct. 1990 United States [citation needed]
Pascal Duquenne Actor who won the Best Actor Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for his role in The Eight Day born August 8, 1970 Belgium [11][12][13]
Andrea Fay Friedman Actor who appeared in Life Goes On and the Family Guy episode "Extra Large Medium" born June 1, 1970 United States [14]
Karen Gaffney Disability rights campaigner and the first living person with Down syndrome to receive an honorary doctorate degree born c.1977 United States [15]
Anne de Gaulle Youngest child of Charles and Yvonne de Gaulle January 1, 1928 — February 6, 1948 France [16]
Marin Gerrier Actor who was nominated for a Genie Award for his role in Café de Flore France [17]
Marte Wexelsen Goksøyr Actress, playwright, writer and disability rights activist born 1982 Norway [18]
Sarah Gordy Actress who has appeared in Upstairs Downstairs and Call the Midwife born c.1978 United Kingdom [19][20]
Peter Gwazdauskas A boy who appeared in the HBO documentaries Educating Peter and Graduating Peter, both highlighting his life in public school attending classes with mainstreamed students. born c. 1981 United States [21][22][23]
Sandra Jensen The first person with Down syndrome to receive a heart-lung transplant ? — May 9, 1997 United States [24]
Tommy Jessop Actor who starred in Coming Down the Mountain and with Blue Apple Theatre born January 19, 1985 United Kingdom [25][26]
Jason Kingsley Actor who appeared in 55 episodes of Sesame Street born June 27, 1974 United States [27]
Laz-D Rapper born 1982 United States [28]
Joey Moss Edmonton Oilers locker room attendant born September 25, 1963 Canada [29]
Pablo Pineda Actor who starred in the film Yo También and first student with Down syndrome in Europe to obtain a degree born 1974 Spain [30]
Lauren Potter Actress who played Becky Jackson in Glee born May 10, 1990 United States [31]
Paula Sage BAFTA Scotland award-winning actress who appeared in AfterLife born c.1980 United Kingdom [32][33]
Robbie Savage Football fan and socialite. Official mascot of the Brave Warriors, Namibia's national football team 31 January 1967 — 20 July 2017 Namibia [34]
Judith Scott Outsider sculptor and fiber artist May 1, 1943 — March 15, 2005 United States [35]
Sanna Sepponen Actress known for her role in Salatut elämät born 1977 Finland [36]
Madeline Stuart Model who walked at New York Fashion Week, hailed as the first professional model with Down syndrome born c.1997/8 Australia [37]
Tim, the "Oldenburg Baby" An infant who was born after an unsuccessful abortion attempt and subsequently fostered born July 6, 1997 Germany [38]
Luke Zimmerman Actor who starred in The Secret Life of the American Teenager born c.1980 United States [31]


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