The 28-year-old actor, who suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy and plays Ryan Stocks in the ITV soap, has been awarded the seal of authentic representation by the Ruderman Family Foundation for his work in “Emmerdale”.
In a tweet following the announcement, James wrote, “Thank you @RudermanFdn for giving Emmerdale (and me!) The Seal of Authentic Representation Award to my character, Ryan. It is amazing that the impact of my casting has reached the American shores and I am very honored to be recognized by this incredible organization! (sic) ”
The Ruderman Family Foundation is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
James is proud that his efforts on the show have been recognized by the Foundation.
He told Deadline, “I’ve been following you for a long time and I’m so grateful that you continue to advocate fair representation of disabilities in the media. It is amazing to receive recognition from an international organization, especially one for which I have such great respect and admiration. “
James was previously named Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards for his appearances on Emmerdale.
And the actor is determined to show that people with disabilities “can live as full a life as everyone else”.
He said, “We are certainly getting better on disability representation.
“I think we’re starting to make waves now, and it’s a bit of an eye opener for a lot of people, but at the same time, we still have a long way to go to make film and television accessible. ”