Emmerdale newcomer James Moore has seen his time on the soap get off to a good start, having been nominated at the National TV Awards 2019 just a few months after he joined the cast as Charity’s long-lost son Ryan Stocks earlier this year.
The actor – who, like his character Ryan, has cerebral palsy – has previously opened up about the difficulties facing disabled actors in the industry.
During an interview on The Richard Stead Breakfast Show this morning (October 25), James has once again reflected on his disability, the limits it places on his acting career and also what it would mean to win an NTA in January.
After sharing that Emmerdale was the first role he auditioned for when he decided to take acting more seriously, James added that he thinks having cerebral palsy does “limit” him.
“What casting directors might want is changing rapidly with the times and we are becoming more open-minded as a culture in terms of seeing things on TV,” he explained.
“But I think it does limit me to playing disabled parts, which I think is a bit of a blockage in the sense that there aren’t very many disabled parts to begin with because they haven’t ever really been created.
“Emmerdale has done a great job in creating a disabled character with such an amazing personality rather than just the character being solely based around disability.”
In response to being asked whether we’re likely to see disabled actors take on major roles like the Doctor in Doctor Who or James Bond, Moore said that “anything’s possible”.
“It’s like baby steps – who knows where we’re going to be in 10, 20 years time?” he continued. “I’ve got no idea, because 10, 20 years ago it would probably be unlikely that you would have seen a disabled person in this kind of role on national television.”
Moore was also asked what it would mean to him to win a National Television Award after being nominated on the longlist in the Newcomer category for the 2019 awards, and the actor said that “it would be incredible”.
“It would be my first TV role – the NTAs are in January, if I won in January, I wouldn’t have even been in Emmerdale for a year,” he began. “That just blows my mind right there – I haven’t even been on the soap for a year and I’ve already been nominated, let alone winning an NTA.
“But it would mean a lot for people with disabilities,” he added. “It would be a big step in terms of how far the culture has come in accepting disability in media.”
During the chat, James also reflected on the comments he gets on Twitter saying that people “can’t understand” him and says winning the NTA would be an amazing reflection of the fact that the public are supporting him.
“I feel that part of that struggle would really be lifted for me in the confirmation of that NTA, because that’s voted for by the public as well,” he continued. “So, it would be amazing that I have all this support and I have people coming up and saying they’re voting for me.
“Having that public support is incredible.”
Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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