A BBC and Netflix drama featuring a BAFTA nominated actress from Westhoughton has won a major award.

Then Barbara Met Alan is a story about disability rights in the early 90s, featuring Ruth Madeley.

The drama follows her character Barbara as she falls in love with another cabaret performer and go on to campaign for people with disabilities, leading to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Directed by Bruce Goodison and Amit Sharma, the cast is comprised of 17 disabled actors, including Ruth and Arthur Hughes.

Ruth was overjoyed at the win and called herself a "gracious winner" in a Twitter post after the win.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Broadcast Awards said: “The award for Best Single Drama, sponsored by @GardenStudiosHQ, goes to - Then Barbara Met Alan, @DragonflyFilmTV & One Shoe Films for @BBC. #BA2023.”

The tweet was met with praise from fans who enjoyed the show.

One user said: “Congrats! I truly enjoyed this program, your performance, the work of the ensemble - this was truly award-worthy.”

Ruth, 33, was named as one of Bafta’s Breakthrough Brits in 2017.

In 2016 she was also nominated for a "leading actress" Bafta for her role as Anne Watson in the BBC Three drama Don’t Take My Baby.

In 2019, she played one of the key roles in critically acclaimed BBC One/ HBO series Years And Years.

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And Ruth recently finished filming The Almond And The Seahorse alongside Rebel Wilson, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

She will next be seen in The Cleaner, a new BBC comedy series written by and starring Greg Davies.

She previously said of the role: “To have the opportunity to play such an incredibly powerful character and tell such an important story is honestly a dream, especially within the context of disabled, deaf and neuro-diverse history.

“As soon as I saw the script I knew this was going to be something so special and I couldn’t be happier to work with Jack and Gen on a drama that deserves to be front and centre on screen.”


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Director Amit Sharma was also overjoyed with the win.

He said: “Well...what a night...We only went and won Best Single Drama at the Broadcast Awards.

"For the brilliant production, cast, supporting artists and technical teams who made Then Barbara Met Alan an utter joy.”