A disabled actor is to join the cast of EastEnders.

David Proud, 26, who uses a wheelchair, will play Adam Best, an Oxford University student who comes to Walford to stay with his mother, Manda, during the holidays.

Albert Square has seen a number of disabled characters over the years, but the BBC said this will be the first time a regular disabled part will be played by a disabled actor.

David makes his Albert Square debut later this year and said: “I am delighted and honoured to be joining such a talented cast. I’m very excited and looking forward to bringing the character to life.”

EastEnders boss Diederick Santer said: “I’m delighted to welcome David to EastEnders. He’s a fine young actor with a wonderfully dry comic delivery, playing an interesting – and possibly rather irritating – character.

“I’m sure he, and his character Adam, will be strong additions to EastEnders.”

Proud’s character is said to be self-possessed and a little snobbish, with a low opinion of his mother’s boyfriend, Minty.

Sparks could fly as he takes a shine to Libby Fox, another prospective Oxford student – and Darren Miller’s girlfriend.