'Dream response' to EastEnders' debut
30 September 2009
Peterborough soap star David Proud said he had had "a dream response" from viewers since he appeared on television screens as EastEnders
' first regular disabled character.
The talented actor landed the high profile role earlier this year and has already made his mark in the hit BBC series.
The 26-year-old, from Whittlesey, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, has ruffled a few feathers in Walford as snobbish Adam Best.
Adam is an Oxford University student who comes to the area to stay with his mother, Manda, during the holidays, but he immediately looks down his nose at his mother's boyfriend, Minty, a car mechanic.
And he also takes a shine to Libby Fox, another prospective Oxford student – and Darren Miller's girlfriend.
David (26) said he was happy writers had incorporated his own independent nature into Adam's character and that they hadn't made him too nice.
And he has been delighted at the feedback he has received from both disabled and able-bodied fans.
He said: "The reception has been really, really positive.
"I have been touched by a lot or the feedback from people. It's been a dream response.
His comments came as David launched Fit for Success, the new campaign being run by the Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH), during a ceremony at the Peterborough United football ground, in London Road, Peterborough.
He was named as the charity's new patron, a role he said he was "honoured" to accept.
He said: "The charity has been there for me and my family and given us a lot of advice and support. It is really close to my heart."
The full article contains 279 words and appears in Peterborough ET newspaper.
30 September 2009 9:12 AM