Autism Portrayal Nets Golden Globe Nod
Hollywood appears to be embracing the story of a surgeon with autism.
Actor Freddie Highmore snagged a Golden Globe nomination this week for best actor in a television drama for his role as Dr. Shaun Murphy on ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”
Highmore, who is typically developing, plays Murphy, a surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome. While medically gifted, Murphy struggles socially causing tension with his co-workers.
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“The Good Doctor” proved so popular that ABC granted the series a full season after airing just two episodes.
The nomination comes as “The Good Doctor” closed out its fall run last week as television’s number one new show, averaging over 17 million viewers per week.
The Golden Globe awards will air live from Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.