ADAM Pearson is enjoying a high profile career in TV, which now includes a stint on Celebrity MasterChef.
But he is also a campaigner against bullying associated with deformities, a cause he says is close to his heart.
Who is Adam Pearson?
Born on January 6, 1985 in London, Adam is a TV star, and actor, who has worked behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera.
In 2013, he was cast alongside Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer’s film Under the Skin.
At the time he said that he hoped the role would challenge disfigurement stigma.
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Adam has presented the BBC documentaries, Adam Pearson: Freak Show and The Ugly Face Of Disability Hate Crime, and also Channel 4’s Tricks of the Restaurant Trade.
In August 2022 he took part in Celebrity MasterChef.
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What is Adam Pearson’s condition?
After a fall at the age of five, Adam discovered a scar would not heal.
He was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (type one) which causes non-cancerous tumours to grow on nerve tissue.
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The condition affects 1 in 3,000. 50% of cases are hereditary.
Adam falls into the remaining 50%, which are caused by spontaneous mutations.
What has Adam Pearson said about neurofibromatosis?
Adam has previously revealed he has been a victim of bullying throughout his life because of the affects of neurofibromatosis.
At secondary school, he was subjected to taunting by his peers because of his facial disfigurement.
Speaking to The Mirror Online, Adam said: “I used to stand outside the school gates in the morning, take a massive deep breath and let it happen.
“I knew what I was in for. It was continuous name-calling – the classic Elephant Man, freak…”
But Adam refused to be intimidated by the bullies.
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He said: “Once I started thinking like them the bullies had won. It’s about the life you have, not the one you don’t. It wasn’t an emotionally productive thing to do.
“For me, it’s all I’ve ever known. It’s very much a part of me. It would have been like asking: ‘Why am I this tall?’”