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Emmerdale’s James Moore praised by fans for talking openly about consent

James says no one should "invade your personal space"

Emmerdale’s James Moore earned the backing of his fans for raising his concerns about consent after finding some fans are too eager to get close to him.

The soap actor, who scooped the Best Newcomer award at the National Television Awards earlier this year, took to Twitter to say while he loves meeting his fans some take things too far.

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James won best newcomer at the NTAs (Credit: Brett D. Cove / SplashNews.com)

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The 26-year-old Emmerdale star, who plays Ryan Stocks, wrote: “I feel like this shouldn’t need to be said, but sometimes I meet people who try to kiss me – and while I appreciate the sentiment of it I think it’s important to respect others boundaries and ask, no matter who they are – because consent, in any form, is so important.”


Despite many of his followers agreeing with him, James was forced to post again a short while later to defend his comments.

He wrote: “The fact that people are complaining about this tweet and calling me a snowflake and taking the mick just adds to the fact that there are actually people out there that don’t take these kind of issues of consent seriously and that can be a very real problem.”

James as Ryan Stocks on Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
James as Ryan Stocks on Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

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Fans quickly came to the defence of the actor, who suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy, backing his stance and calling out those who said he was over reacting.

One follower wrote: “It is rather worrying that people think YOU are in the wrong for feeling it necessary to bring this subject up. What is wrong with people that they think it perfectly acceptable to invade a stranger’s personal space simply because that person is well known?”

While another added: “James you are a gent, and I agree with your sentiments 100%. Just ignore these ignorant rude people. There rude comments mean nothing.”

A third wrote: “It is rather worrying that people think YOU are in the wrong for feeling it necessary to bring this subject up. What is wrong with people that they think it perfectly acceptable to invade a stranger’s personal space simply because that person is well known?”

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James was thrilled to win at the NTAs after almost giving up on acting (Credit: Instagram @jamesmooreactor)

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James, who recently admitted he nearly quit acting after struggling to land roles because of his disability, found himself having to explain to another fan who asked why he didn’t just say “no” that it isn’t always that easy.

He wrote: “Okay- the point is I would if I was asked but I was not asked, I was literally grabbed by my face and kissed unexpectedly. If I had time to say no I would not have posted this tweet in the first place.”

James was forced to defend his comments about consent on Twitter (Credit: YouTube/This Morning)
James was forced to defend his comments about consent on Twitter (Credit: YouTube/This Morning)

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The actor has been on a high since scooping his National Television Award in January, saying he is “living his best life”.

He told The Mirror: “You have to have belief and confidence in yourself and not rely on the acceptance of others.

“I’m loving what I am doing. I’m getting great feedback from people, I’ve won this wonderful award – and I am living my best life.”

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