Acclaimed actor William Ash has joined the cast of Emmerdale.
The 45-year-old star will play Caleb Miligan, the long-lost brother of Cain and Chas Dingle.
A wealthy and well-connected businessman, Caleb will make his first appearance on the soap on Christmas Day, and he has some difficult questions for Cain, who is currently in prison.
His arrival is set to cause more conflict between Cain and Chas, as it transpires Cain has kept Caleb’s existence a secret from his sister since they were teenagers.
Says Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Will Ash to the village. It's fantastic to have such a high calibre and immensely talented actor join our wonderful team.
“Arriving on screen on Christmas Day, Caleb has to undoubtedly be the most unexpected and shocking Christmas gift Cain and Chas have ever received!
“Calm and in control, rich and successful, at first glance Caleb is everything his brother isn't, but will the pair find they have more in common than they thought?
“What secrets from the past will come back to haunt them, and how will the rest of the family react when Caleb strolls into town? His arrival certainly promises to shake things up for the Dingles and make 2023 start off with a huge bang!”
William Ash has been a fixture on screens since the late 1980s and is known for his roles in hit dramas such as Where the Heart Is, Clocking Off, and Waterloo Road.
Commenting on his new role, he says: “I’m thrilled to be joining such an iconic show.
"Emmerdale is packed full of fantastic actors and I'm really looking forward to working alongside them.
“Caleb is a fantastically complex character and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Caleb’s arrival comes at the end of a difficult year for Cain, who has suffered the loss of mum Faith and is currently taking the rap for Al Chapman’s murder; a crime actually committed by his young son Kyle.
However, screenings are currently affected by the World Cup so check our UK TV Guide or When is Emmerdale on? All you need to know about the World Cup 2022 schedule changes.
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