Eagle-eyed Emmerdale fans shocked to see THIS familiar face in the village - did you spot them?

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It seems nothing gets past Emmerdale fans after they spot someone very familiar in the village...

Emmerdale residents are still in mourning following the tragic factory fire that claimed the life of Frank Clayton last week, but while fans were left heartbroken at Frank's untimely demise, it hasn't stopped them spotting someone familiar arrive in the village.

As Tracy and Vanessa struggle to come to terms with what happened to their dad, the Sharma family are trying to work out exactly how their business went up in smoke.

Emmerdale, Jai Sharma

Emmerdale residents are in shock after the factory fire claimed Frank Clayton's life (Picture: ITV)

And as the police piece together the evidence from the factory wreckage, soap fans have realised that the inspector, DI Goldberg, is none other than The Bill star John Bowler, who is better known to TV fans as PC Roger Valentine...

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Actor John played the role of PC Valentine for more than 200 episodes between 2004 and 2010, but that's not the only acting credit John has got to his name.

He was also in Peak Practice from 2000 until 2001 playing the part of Mike Pullen.

John Bowler

Fans have spotted DI Goldberg is none other than actor John Bowler, who played PC Valentine in The Bill for 6 years (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Now in Emmerdale, DI Goldberg is set to make it his mission to work out exactly what happened the day the factory went up in flames... and last night he started to point the finger at Tracy.

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After it was confirmed by fire investigators that the factory fire was started deliberately and possibly by the CCTV cables sparking, DI Goldberg questioned Tracy again about the fact she was alone in the factory when the fire started.

Emmerdale, Kerry Wyatt

Kerry will be questioned by DI Goldberg this week (Picture: ITV)

Emmerdale fans will know that the DI is barking up totally the wrong tree, however later this week the net starts to close in on guilty Kerry when Goldberg arrives to question her.

Will he manage to work out what happened? Or will Kerry manage to convince him she is innocent and pin the blame of someone else?

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.