THE young star of an Oscar-winning short film has been given an award from none other than the Prime Minister.

Maisie Sly met the PM at Downing Street's Christmas light's switch-on yesterday after she was recognised with a special Points of Light award for her work raising awareness of issues facing deaf people.

Maisie said: “It is really cool and brilliant that I’ve got this award. Thank you.”

In a letter to the youngster, the PM wrote:”Through your role in the Oscar-winning short film The Silent Child, you have become an inspiration to the deaf community.

“By bravely sharing your personal experiences at this year’s Global Disability Summit, you have raised awareness of the issues that deaf people face.

“This is a tremendous achievement, particularly at such a young age, and I wish you every success as you continue to highlight the importance of sign language.”