Ex Corrie actress Tracy Brabin to star in Emmerdale as Ashley's new love

Emmerdale's Ashley Thomas may be about to have a new love in his life when he meets a lady called Carole, played by former ex Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin.

Tracy said: “It is a total delight to be playing Carole back in my home town of Leeds. She’s funny and sexy with a dark secret. Ever since I played Trisha in Coronation Street, it’s been a personal and professional ambition to work with the wonderful actors and writers of Emmerdale. I hope the public take to Carole as much as I have.”

Carole enters Emmerdale village after Ashley is initially reluctant to introduce her to his friends, but vicar Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) stirs things up by texting Carole from Ashley’s phone.  

Carole soon arrives, but Harriet is put out when things go well for Ashley and Carole and she realises she is jealous.

Tracy played cleaner Tricia Armstrong, who had a baby with Terry Duckworth, in Coronation Street from 1994-1997. She'll make her Emmerdale debut on Wednesday, July 23.


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