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Emmerdale actor emotional NTA speech

James Moore collecting his national television award
James Moore collecting his national television award Image credit: entertainmentdaily.co.uk

One of the big talking points from last night’s NTAs wasn’t how hungover Phil and Holly were going to be on This Morning or how Ant won an award but the emotional speech by a soap star.

James Moore – who has cerebral palsy - made a huge impact with viewers on Wednesday night when the actor won Best Newcomer for playing Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale.

The actor was carried to the stage by one of his friends.

Using his speech as a platform to encourage the industry to be more inclusive for disabled actors James spoke to Digital Spy backstage at the awards.

He told the website: "Emmerdale and soap in general is brilliant in really raising the bar, but I think more needs to be done" and casting teams always consider "ability, gender and race" first.

"It should be based on talent and being the right person for the role,"

Moore speech made an impact with the British public on social media with one viewer tweeting: "Omg this makes me so happy and I’m crying like a bloody happy . Congratulations again @jamesmooreactor . What a bloody supportive cast @emmerdale is #emmerdale #NTAS."

Emmerdale is on ITV weekdays at 7pm and also available on the ITV Hub.