ADHD drew me to musical theatre, says Luke Newton


Luke Newton was drawn to musical theater after being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.

Luke Newton was diagnosed with ADHD

The 29-year-old actor – who is best known for playing Colin Bridgerton in the hit Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’ – admits reading a script can be a ‘nightmare’ and that’s why he initially pursued a career in musical theatre.

He explained, “I knew I could learn songs very quickly and the melodies came to me quite easily.”

Luke is now determined to prove that actors with ADHD and dyslexia can still have successful careers.

He confessed that having learning difficulties creates a challenge for him as an actor, but he is still able to work around it.

Reflecting on his experiences on set, Luke told The Independent: “I don’t think it’s going to hurt my chances…I feel really content that I can say, ‘Look, I’m dyslexic, so this might take me a little longer, but that day, don’t worry, I’ll be fine.'”

Luke became a worldwide celebrity thanks to his appearances in “Bridgerton”.

And he loves being part of such a diverse period drama.

He shared: “He was completely cast that way and the decisions were made. [for] everyone to feel represented.

“I want everyone to be able to look at it and relate to a character, whether it’s your race…class…I would hate to think of people looking at it and saying, ‘I can’t’ and that is why I think the show is so successful.”

Luke also suggested that the series was more relevant than most other period dramas.

And the actor is proud to be associated with the award-winning series.

Luke – who stars alongside Phoebe Dynevor, Jonathan Bailey and Adjoa Andoh – said: “Everyone in the whole world could relate to someone inside [its] society.”


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