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'Educating Yorkshire' Star Musharaf Is Now A Motivational Speaker

'Educating Yorkshire' Star Musharaf Is Now A Motivational Speaker

There wasn't a dry eye in the room when Educating Yorkshire viewers watched as nervous schoolboy Musharaf Asghar delivered a speech to his whole assembly after overcoming a childhood stammer.

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With episodes from the 2013 Channel 4 documentary re-airing last week, fans were quick to check up on what Musharaf - aka Mushy - is up to these days, seven years on.

Unbelievably, Mushy, now 22, is a motivational speaker, delivering keynote talks to schools and conferences all across the country.

Writing on Twitter, Mushy wrote: "Truly honoured and humbled for all the lovely messages I'm receiving.

"It's been a surreal journey. I am so proud to say I am now a motivational speaker.

"If you're interested in booking myself in for a keynote, feel free to get into contact. Thank you :hearts: #EducatingYorkshire."

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Educating Yorkshire, which followed the lives of students in Dewsbury secondary school, became a hit after Mushy miraculously fought his daemons and gave a speech despite his stammer.

While the help of his teacher Mr (Matthew) Burton, who had suggested trying a headphone method he'd seen in the King's Speech, Mushy made amazing progress.

At his leaver's assembly he thanked the teachers and fellow pupils for helming him overcome his stammer, and we all wept.

Mushy and Mr Burton on 'Educating Yorkshire' (Credit: Channel 4)
Mushy and Mr Burton on 'Educating Yorkshire' (Credit: Channel 4)

Matthew Burton also tweeted about the show's re-airing on Twitter, saying: "Educating Yorkshire was such a wonderful thing to be involved in, and the outpouring of love for a REPEAT, SEVEN YEARS ON, is testament to the bravery, graft and determination of @MusharafAsghar.

"We're all battling something. Whatever it is, all we can ever do is our best."

The year after the documentary aired, Mushy accepted its award for Best Documentary on stage at the 2014 National Television Awards.

Mushy accepting the award for Best Documentary at the 2014 National Television Awards (Credit: PA)
Mushy accepting the award for Best Documentary at the 2014 National Television Awards (Credit: PA)

In 2019, Mushy's struggles as a stammering schoolboy, his relationship with Mr Burton and his single mother were dramatised for a musical stage play, Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, produced by Rifco Theatre Company and Watford Palace Theatre.

What an incredible story!

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: Entertainment News, TV News

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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