According to both the Emmerdale wiki and IMDB, Toby Cockerell, who played Scott, was born in 1976, which would mean he was nearly 18 when these episodes were made. Surely not? Scott's meant to be a few weeks off 14 at this point, and he barely even looks that old.
Not beyond the realms of possibility. When I was that age, I looked years younger. I've known males and females with a similar experience.
This happens in all sorts of shows, all the time.
Yeah, it's a common trope. TV Tropes calls it Dawson Casting, because of Dawson's Creek doing this. And the original Power Rangers were 18 or older playing 14.
This sort of thing has been happening in film and TV for decades.
A good example of this is the Railway Children. The eldest of the 2 children were adults. Sally Thomsett who played the middle child was 20, and Jenny Agutter who played the eldest, was actually younger than Sally, at 18.
Another example is the Sound of Music, where Charmian Carr, who played the eldest of the children was 21, and was playing a 16 year old.
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