The actor, presenter and disability activist was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis when he was 5 years old.
freshest season Celebrity Chef saw new crop of 20 famous faces trying to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with his culinary skills, including actor, presenter and disability campaigner Adam Pearson.
You can recognize Pearson from his many screen roles, including documentaries such as Horizon: My Amazing Twin and films like Under the skinStarring Scarlett JohanssonBlack WidowMarriage history).
That’s all you need to know about Pearson.
Who is Adam Pearson?
Pearson is a British actor, presenter and activist, born in London on January 6, 1985, along with his twin brother Neil.
After graduating from high school in Croydon, Pearson studied business administration at the University of Brighton.
From there, Pearson has appeared on a number of TV shows and documentaries for channels such as the BBC and Channel 4, including Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal, Horizon: My Amazing Twin, Adam Pearson: Freak Show, The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime, Restaurant Trade Tricks, The One Show as well as Beauty and the Beast: The ugly face of prejudice.
His other appearances include things like Question Time, Celebrity Inspirations, Celebrity Senseless, Egghead Celebrities, Praises, Sunday Morning Live, Single Women, Lorraine as well as This morning.
Pearson worked on all five seasons Undated for Channel 4 as a casting researcher.
In 2013, Pearson appeared alongside Scarlett Johansson in a sci-fi film. Under the skindirected by Jonathan GlazerStrasbourg 1518, Fall).
Talking to Guardian in 2014, Pearson said, “One of the main reasons she took on the role was because she was so touching and honest.
“For me, the film is about what the world looks like without knowledge and without prejudice. I think it’s about seeing the world through the eyes of aliens.”
Most recently, Pearson starred in the thriller A24. Another man, opposite Sebatian Stan (Pam and Tommy, Falcon and Winter Soldier) and Renate Reinswe (Worst man in the world, injured). The film is expected to release in mid-2023.
In addition to acting and presentation work, Pearson is a disability rights activist and an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, Changing Faces and Us In a Bus.
What is neurofibromatosis?
Neurofibromatosis refers to a set of three genetic conditions that cause tumors to grow along a person’s nerves. The tumors themselves are not cancerous, but can cause a range of symptoms depending on their severity.
The three conditions that fall under the umbrella of neurofibromatosis are neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF-2), and schwannomatosis.
NF-1 is the most common form of neurofibromatosis and was diagnosed in Pearson when he was five years old after a bump on his head wouldn’t heal.
He told Electric Shadows in 2014: “[NF-1] causes an overgrowth of body tissue on nerve endings, causing non-cancerous tumors called fibromas.
“It can happen anywhere in the central nervous system. Mine are mostly on my face, but I also have one on my arm and one on my butt, which I don’t show for legal reasons. I’d love to, but the court order says I shouldn’t.
He added: “There is no ‘cure’, but you surgically remove as much excess tissue as possible in a process known as volume reduction procedures.
“But because the tumors surround blood vessels, nerve endings, and so on, you can’t get everything without sacrificing sensation and function.
“So it’s a case of six monthly meetings with surgeons and a doctor to see what needs to be done, do a ‘snatch and grab’ and get out of here again.”
In his profile for face changePearson said, “It’s not always easy to look different in a world that’s so focused on perfection. When I was growing up, there were no positive role models for people with disabilities in the media.
“So now I’m on a mission to be more visible. I’m speaking out and sharing my experience because if it helps another man or woman feel like they can share their feelings about their appearance, it’s a job well done.”
Who is Adam Pearson’s twin?
Pearson’s brother, Neil, also has NF-1, although the condition manifests differently in him, causing the two brothers to look completely different despite being identical twins.
Neil suffers from chronic memory loss and epileptic seizures, and as a result, he had to develop certain mechanisms to deal with it.
He explained Mirror in 2016: “I keep a very strict schedule and do things in a certain order.
“If I break this order, I will start asking questions about whether I did something.”
Marilyn, their mother, told Guardian in 2005: “What happened to [Neil] was so cruel.
“He went all out and excelled in everything. [in school]. Then, overnight, his memory was gone. It was NF-1.
“I was told that memory loss happens to one person in 100 years.”
She added, “I don’t think it’s easy to be either of them. People look at Neil and think he’s fine and he’s not, and they look at Adam and think he’s not okay when he is.”
He got married?
Pearson is single and is not currently in a relationship.
When is he at Celebrity Masterchef?
Pearson is currently starring in season 17 of the series Famous Master Chef, in which other participants also participate Chris EubankClark Peters, Danny Jones and Faye Winter.
He appeared in Episode 10, the fourth and final week of the new season, along with professional dancer Katya Jones. RuPaul’s Drag Race, UK star Kitty Scott-Klaus, DJ Lisa Snowdon and actor Ryan Thomas.
If you missed the episode that aired on Tuesday, August 30, you can watch it at BBC iPlayeras well as all other episodes of the 17th season, as well as the 16th, 15th and 14th seasons.