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Neighbours Casts Disabled Actor As Corporate Whizzkid James Udagawa

July 26, 2016

Thank you, Neighbours. This disabled viewer is very proud to call herself a lifelong fan of your show.

Neighbours has cast Sam Humphrey in the guest role of corporate whizz kid James Udagawa.

The 22-year old actor was born with acrodysostosis – a generic disorder which affects growth development.

He was brought to the attention of casting directors after appearing on a documentary that focused on young people with physical disabilities and the challenges they face to achieve their goals.

The initial plan was to bring the acting newcomer in as an extra, but after bosses viewed some of his own self-produced videos online, a more substantial role was written for him.

Upon arriving in Erinsborough, highly-intelligent James will be given the task of saving Lassiters from financial ruin and also reining in troubled Terese Willis.

Speaking about joining the soap, Humphrey said: “I love the whole process and I’ve learnt so much on Neighbours.  I want to keep improving my skills and hopefully inspire other people to chase their dreams.”

Neighbours will air James’s first scenes in August.

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