Ali Stroker won big at Sunday night’s Tony Awards.
The 31-year-old became the first-ever actor in a wheelchair to win a gong at the star-studded event, which was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Stroker bagged the Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical honour for her work in “Oklahoma!”
She told the crowd in an emotional acceptance speech, “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation, or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You are.”
Stroker started out on “The Glee Project” in 2012 before she made her Broadway debut three years later.
The actress recently spoke to Vulture about being given the opportunity to play a sexual character in a wheelchair.
She explained, “I think that this role has come at such an important time in my life both as an actress and as a person, because I feel like I have arrived in my sexual power, meaning that I feel the most confident I’ve ever felt in my life.
“Especially growing up and as a teenager, I was always looking for role models who were in chairs.”