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Belfast actor James Martin makes it into the Guinness World Records

Ross White, one of the writers and directors of Oscar winning An Irish Goodbye, with one of the film's stars, James Martin, as they received a heroes' homecoming in Belfast last week
Suzanne McGonagle

BELFAST actor James Martin has made it into the Guinness World Records by becoming the first leading man with Down Syndrome in an Oscar-winning film.

The star of An Irish Goodbye said it is a "big honour".

It comes after the the movie was named best short film at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles last week.

Ross White and Tom Berkeley, who wrote and directed the film, as well as leading stars Martin and Seamus O'Hara took to the stage to accept the statuette.

James, who turned 31 on the same day of the Oscars ceremony, became the first person with Down Syndrome to win an Oscar.

And it has now been confirmed that he has made it in to the record books.

In a statement posted on Shelley Lowry Talent Management, James said: "It’s a big honour to be a Guinness World Records title holder. 

"I am deeply honoured to be the first person with Down Syndrome to have been in an Oscar award winning film (An Irish Goodbye) . 

"I hope this opens doors for not only other people with Down Syndrome but for anyone with any disabilities. 

"Follow Your Dreams."


Belfast actor James Martin


His management company added that it was "such an wonderful achievement for James to be honoured by Guinness World Records".

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