Boy overjoyed to voice new autistic character

A boy with autism says it would be a "dream" to voice a new character for a popular kids' TV show.

Elliott Garcia won the part of Bruno the Brake Car, who will be the first autistic engine to appear on the show.

He will work with Thomas the Tank Engine. The National Autistic Society helped find the nine-year-old to play the part (NAS).

Elliott, who is from Reading, will start playing Bruno on Thomas & Friends on September 21. 

Bruno was made by the American toy company Mattel. The company said that "respected" autism groups helped design Bruno's features.

The engine pays attention to details, has a lantern to show how he's feeling, and likes schedules and routines. 

If loud noises bother him, he can also make his earplugs blow steam.

Elliott said that when he was first offered the part, he "thought it was a dream, but it wasn't."

"I was very happy and excited." "Bruno is funny and smart, and he has a very laid-back personality,"