Lauren Ridloff’s role leads to rise in people wanting to learn sign language

December 14, 2021
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New film Eternals has led to a rise in people wanting to learn sign language, it’s been found.

The superhero film, which introduces a new set of characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), was released on Friday (5 November), and made $161m (£118m) in its opening weekend.

Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan and Richard Madden lead the ensemble cast, which also includes Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek and Barry Keoghan.

But it is Lauren Ridloff, best known for playing Connie in The Walking Dead, that has inspired the spike in sign language searches.

Ridloff, who was born deaf to hearing parents, plays Makkari, the MCU’s first deaf superhero. In the film, she communicates with her fellow characters using sign.

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