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Emmerdale's James Moore on why he's proud to be a disabled actor

An actor who feared his cerebral palsy would prevent him from making it in the business says he still can't believe he won an NTA.

James Moore was crowned Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards for his role as Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale.

The actor, who is from Cheltenham, has ataxic cerebral palsy, and struggled to find parts after leaving university.

But, he scooped the accolade in January's ceremony after the public voted him ahead of four others in the category.

The 26-year-old disability rights campaigner said in his acceptance speech: "Thank you so much this means the world to us, a year ago I never thought I'd be here."

Not only was it one of the most prestigious awards in television but at the same time it was voted for by the public, you know, and to have that recognition from the public and that appreciation, meant the world to me.

– James Moore

James was finally given his big break when he auditioned for a part in long-running ITV soap Emmerdale as Charity Dingle's secret son.

He is now using his role to show others, "what we're [those who are disabled] like, and how we can be portrayed, and how we can have as fulfilling a life as anyone else."

But, despite those with disabilities featuring much more heavily on our screens, James says there is still a long way to go.

We are certainly getting better in terms of disability representation, I think that now we are kind of beginning to make waves, and it is a bit of an eye opener for a lot of people but at the same time we still have a long way to go in terms of making film and TV accessible.

I think Emmerdale has done a fantastic job and I think hopefully they will pave the way for more disabled actors in the near future.

– James Moore