Ups and Downs drama filmed in Ballymena

Jane Witherspoon


Jane Witherspoon

Mid and East Antrim are proud to provide the backdrop to the new BBC drama Ups and Downs.

A new BBC drama telling one family’s experience of living with Down’s syndrome will be invaluable to shattering myths and perceptions, the chief executive of Mid and East Antrim has said.

Ms Donaghy’s six-year-old daughter, Andrea, was born with Down’s syndrome.

She said: “I am honoured and delighted that Ballymena was chosen as a location for the filming of such an incredible drama.

“Ups and Downs is a series extremely close to my heart.

“When my Andrea was born in 2012 a nurse said to me as I was leaving the hospital that my daughter was a cross for the rest of my life.

“Six years on, Andrea is not my cross. She is my beacon.

“When I look at my beautiful girl I don’t think Down’s syndrome, I think downright perfect.

“I thank everybody involved in Ups and Downs for highlighting Down’s syndrome and wish them the very best with the series when it airs next year.

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