James Moore says disabled actors are best choice for disabled characters
19 March 2019 - 1:00 PM

James Moore says disabled actors are best choice for disabled characters

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James Moore says disabled actors "will always" be the best choices for disabled characters.

The "Emmerdale" star - who has ataxic cerebral palsy - has spoken out after Perry Mattfield was cast as a blind woman who is the only witness to her friend's murder in CW's upcoming drama "In The Dark".

Taking to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter, James said: "Yet another show casting a non disabled actor in a disabled role.

"At the end of the day- the product will suffer. The best actor to play a disabled part will always be disabled themselves. The difference is in life experience. No matter the character."

His comments come after the show's bosses claimed they "immediately" searched for a blind actress for the role, before deciding to cast Perry "because she was the best actor for the role".

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Soap star James - who won the National Television Award for Best Newcomer earlier this year - has previously opened up about the challenges of life as a disabled actor, and said while the situation is improving, there is still a lot of work to be done.

He said at the time: "Honestly, it's enough to win an NTA anyway and to have the public behind it. But I think this means that we're doing great things for people with disabilities.

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"We're getting more diverse in society and more open and more accommodating. However, we still need more disabled voices because I don't think that there are enough in public at the moment."

He also urged fans not to "feel sorry" for him because of his disability.

He explained: "Please don't feel sorry for me. I'm not struggling, I haven't had a hard life especially not for the past few years.I'm happy. Having a disability doesn't mean we're unhappy, or we need sympathy. (sic)"

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