EMMERDALE actor James Moore will join a discussion panel at Bradford's Mind the Gap theatre studio next month.

NTA winner James, who plays Ryan Stocks in the Yorkshire-based soap, will participate in the discussion on representation and engagement of disability on screen and the impact and influence of film and TV at Mind the Gap on Monday July 8.

James will be joined on the panel along with Miranda Wayland, Interim head of diversity and inclusion, BBC; Angela Chan, head of creative diversity, Channel 4; Ade Rawcliffe, head of diversity commissioning ITV and Charlotte Armitage, MD of Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting (YAFTA) and film and media psychologist.

The event has been organised by the Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting (YAFTA) and BBC Radio Leeds to stimulate the conversation of disability and visibility.

Shahid Hussain, Senior Journalist and BBC Radio Leeds producer said: “We’re delighted to have such a diverse mix of panellists including those in front of, and behind the camera. With decision makers and disability champions, its set to be a lively, engaging event which should make broadcasters think about authentic representation and inspire those wanting to break into the media.”

Charlotte Armitage, MD for YAFTA adds: “Disability within the media industry, particularly in film and TV, still has a long way to go in terms of accessibility and representation. From castings and logistics, to how characters are developed and written about, there’s lots we can do within the industry to positively influence change.”

Limited free tickets are available to attend the event which can be booked at disabilityinthemedia.eventbrite.co.uk

BBC Radio Leeds will be recording the event to broadcast on their arts and culture show, Backstage, on Wednesday July 10. The event will also be available to listen again on the BBC Sounds App.