Rachel Shenton uses sign language to deliver the acceptance speech

Rachel Shenton signs along with her speech while accepting her Oscar

Former Hollyoaks star Rachel Shenton has been lauded after delivering an acceptance speech in sign language following her win for best live action short film at the Oscars.

The Silent Child tells the story of a girl who struggles to communicate and was both written by, and stars, Rachel Shenton, who played Mitzeee Minniver in the Channel 4 soap.

Meanwhile, her partner Chris, who also starred in Hollyoaks, directed the project, which beat DeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O'Clock, My Nephew Emmett and Watu Wote: All of us, to take home the gong at the star-studded ceremony.

"My hands are shaking a little bit so I apologise", she added. "It's not exaggerated or sensationalized for the movie, this is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers, and particularly, access to education".

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Rachel Shenton signs along with her speech while accepting her Oscar.

Rachel Shenton might not look familiar to everyone, but for everyone who was part of the Switched at Birth family, you know her well.

It's great that The Silent Child has helped draw people's attention to deafness, which is the third biggest disability in the world according to the British Deaf Association.

"@SilentChildFilm is an inspirational, lovely story, and we send all our love for her very worthy win". And my kids. And I wanna say, like Jimmy Cagney said once, 'My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brothers and sisters thank you.

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She became a qualified British Sign Language Interpreter and ambassador for the National Deaf Children's Society.

She had never acted before but Shenton said Sly had "taken it all in her stride".

In his acceptance speech, Overton thanked Shenton - his fiancee.

The couple stood with the Hollywood heavyweights with their film financed, thanks to their parents raising cash by making and selling cupcakes. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper. They auditioned 100 children before they found their star.

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