Emmerdale's Ryan star is unrecognisable in unearthed throwback pics with short hair before soap fame

JAMES Moore has been a familiar face on Emmerdale since he joined the ITV soap in 2018.

James plays Ryan Stocks – Charity Dingle's long-lost son – and stands out from his cast mates thanks to his long dark locks, facial hair and emo fashion sense.


However the 29-year-old, who has ataxic cerebral palsy, shocked fans by sharing a throwback snap to 2009 on social media.

While James seems to still be embracing the emo-look, his hair is completely different, short and swept across half his face, while the back flicked out at his neck.

He wrote: "2009 vs 2019. Don’t ask.”

He added: "To everyone asking if I was into @justinbieber the answer is only after 2012 when he ventured into R&B Journeys/Purpose era… so basically after the swoopy hair phase.

“The explanation for the photo above was that I was just a big fat emo.”

A fan replied: "But were you a pop punk emo or a metalcore emo?”

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James responded: “Both! Post hardcore mainly [though].”

James took home the National Television Award for Best Newcomer in 2019 for his work on Emmerdale.

When his name was announced, he asked for a piggyback to the stage, before starting his emotion-filled speech.

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He said: "Thank you so much, this means the world to me, oh my god. A year ago, I never thought I’d be here, you know what I mean?

"And for Emmerdale to take on someone with a disability shows the progression that we need in this day and age.”

Emmerdale airs on ITV.

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