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Prison Break star Wentworth Miller announces autism diagnosis

Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller has revealed he has been diagnosed with autism as an adult.

The star, 49, shared the news on his Instagram on Monday (26 July), saying the official diagnosis came as a “shock” to him even though he himself had previously speculated that he might have autism.

“This fall marks 1 year since I received my informal autism diagnosis. Preceded by a self-diagnosis. Followed by a formal diagnosis. It was a long, flawed process in need of updating. IMO. I’m a middle-aged man. Not a 5-year-old,” he wrote.

Wentworth emphasised that he simply wants to share his news, not become a “loud, ill-informed voice” in the autism community.

He added: “I don’t know enough about autism. (There’s a lot to know.) Right now my work looks like evolving my understanding. Re-examining 5 decades of lived experience thru a new lens…

“The #autistic community (this I do know) has historically been talked over. Spoken for. I don’t wish to do additional harm. Only to raise my hand, say, ‘I am here. Have been (w/o realising it).’”

Wentworth was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Prison Break, in which he played Michael Scofield, a man who deliberately sends himself to prison so as to break out his elder brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), before his execution for a crime he did not commit.

He has also starred in The Flash, Madam Secretary and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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