Rock and roll Soap actor joins craze as he finds ‘ladybird’
AN award-winning actor from a top-rated soap opera found himself part of a growing craze in the county.
James Moore, who plays Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale on ITV, was on a visit to his home town of Cheltenham when his mum stumbled across a brightly painted stone with ladybird markings.
The star, who won the National Television Award’s Best Newcomer gong earlier this year, was then pictured on the Facebook page of Cheltrocks, Cheltrocks (Painted Rocks in Cheltenham, UK), an online community where people paint, hide and find the rocks.
And he was full of praise for the initiative which is going from strength to strength.
He said: “My mum found it outside her house.
“I think it’s a great organisation. They’re doing amazing things for the community here.”
James Moore plays Ryan, the longlost biological son of Charity Dingle, and beat rivals from Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Casualty and Eastenders to win the Best Newcomer at the NTAS in January.
The former pupil at Balcarras School, in Charlton Kings, made his debut on the long-running soap last June and has been a huge hit with viewers.
The Best Newcomer award was announced by former football manager and I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here 2019 winner Harry Redknapp and his former football playing son, Jamie.
In his winner’s speech, James, who has cerebral palsy, thanked those who supported him, saying it meant the world to him.
The rocks have been turning up all over Cheltenham, as well as other parts of the county.
Organisers say the group is for the sharing of painting, hiding or finding ‘kindness’ rocks in the Cheltenham area.
“Kindness rocks are painted then hidden (either really well or in plain sight!) for someone else to find,” they say on their Facebook page.
“The idea is that a little treasure left by a stranger can really brighten someone’s day.
“Rocks can be kept, traded with friends, given as gifts or rehidden.
“All we ask is that you have fun and play fair, so please don’t hoard all the rocks and try to replace some that you keep with more for others to find.” phillip.nor[email protected]plc.com
James Moore with the painted stone he found