YAFTA Talent Agency actor, James Moore has been crowned Best Newcomer in the Daily Star Soap Awards following his ground-breaking role as Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale.
James is Emmerdale’s first actor with cerebral palsy cast in a lead role and has proved a fan favourite since his first appearance in June this year.
Voted for by the public, the win comes following James’ Best Newcomer nomination for a National Television Award, with the winners set to be announced on 22nd January.
On hearing of his award James said: “I am overwhelmed to be chosen as Best Newcomer and so thankful for the all the support shown by the public since I joined the cast of Emmerdale back in June. This year has been amazing and I’m so excited for what lies ahead in 2019.”
Charlotte Armitage, Managing Director of YAFTA Talent Agency and the Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television based in Leeds added:
“James has had such a brilliant year! We are so proud of what he has achieved both on and off screen. He’s a fantastic role model and actor and we’re so pleased he’s won this award. This really is an acknowledgement of the impact that he’s made in such a short space of time.”
Alongside James, YAFTA has also placed Downs Syndrome actor, Liam Bairstow as a regularly character on Coronation Street. The Academy has also launched a new You Can scholarship aiming to encourage those from underrepresented and minority groups to pursue a career in Film and TV.