EastEnders casts disabled actor as 'Manda's son
A disabled actor is to join the cast of EastEnders. David Proud, 26, who uses a wheelchair, will play Adam Best, an Oxford University student who comes to Walford to stay with his mother, Manda, during the holidays. Albert Square has seen a number of disabled characters over the years, but the BBC said this will be the first time a regular disabled part will be played by a disabled actor. David makes his Albert Square debut later this year and said: "I am delighted and honoured to be joining such a talented cast. I'm very excited and looking forward to bringing the character to life." EastEnders boss Diederick Santer said: "I'm delighted to welcome David to EastEnders. He's a fine young actor with a wonderfully dry comic delivery, playing an interesting - and possibly rather irritating - character. "I'm sure he, and his character Adam, will be strong additions to EastEnders." Proud's character is said to be self-possessed and a little snobbish, with a low opinion of his mother's boyfriend, Minty. Sparks could fly as he takes a shine to Libby Fox, another prospective Oxford student - and Darren Miller's girlfriend.
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