U of T grad draws on real-life experience to play patient on ‘The Good Doctor’: CTV

With her mother at her side, Elspeth Arbow poses for a convocation photo in 2019 – about a about a year after receiving her second double-lung transplant (photo by Lisa Lightbourn)

Elspeth Arbow brought authenticity to her acting debut on The Good Doctor as a cystic fibrosis patient in need of a lung transplant – a procedure she’s undergone twice in real life.

Arbow graduated from University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in cinema studies in 2019, about a year after receiving her second double-lung transplant

Originally from Saint John, N.B., Arbow told CTV News Atlantic that she initially had reservations about playing a character whose health struggles so closely mirrored her own – but has never been one to back down from a challenge. “I realized the thing I would be reliving is the same thing that made me the type of person that would want to do this,” she told the broadcaster.

Arbow, who was a member of Innis College, says she had some emotional moments while shooting the TV medical drama, but ultimately, she enjoyed her experience on set – from the catering to meeting Freddie Highmore, the show’s star.

Read more at CTV News Atlantic

Watch a video of Elspeth Arbow’s U of T convocation

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