Former Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton have been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Live Action Short category for their film about childhood deafness, The Silent Child.

Shenton, who played Mitzeee Minniver in the Channel 4 soap, wrote, produced and starred in the film, which was inspired by her father losing his hearing when she was a child.

Shenton's fiancé Overton, who played Liam McAllister in Hollyoaks, directed the film. 

The Silent Child tells the story of four-year-old Libby, played by deaf actress Maisie Sly.

Susan Daniels, Chief Executive of the National Deaf Children's Society in the UK, described The Silent Child's Oscar nomination as "an incredible achievement, for an incredible film".

"Rachel Shenton, who has been such a wonderful supporter of ours over the years, should be so proud of this fantastic achievement," she said.

"For the 50,000 deaf children in the UK, and the millions of deaf children across the globe, this film shines such a powerful spotlight on so many of the issues deaf children face day in, day out.

"But just as importantly, this beautifully constructed film also makes the argument so powerfully that deaf children can absolutely achieve anything in life, as long as they are given the right support." 

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