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'The Good Doctor' Freddie Highmore Isn't Autistic — How He Makes His Performance So Believable

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Viewers of The Good Doctor could be forgiven for wondering whether actor Freddie Highmore has an autism spectrum disorder in real life. Along with having a convincing American accent, the talented British star also gives a very authentic-feeling portrayal of many of the mannerisms, vocal patterns, and behaviors of someone on the autism spectrum. He owes some of that believability to his talents, but also to an expert consultant, Dr. Melissa Reiner M.Ed, who ensured his character was not a caricature.

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Executive producer David Shore (L) and actor Freddie Highmore of 'The Good Doctor' speak onstage during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.