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Eagle-eyed Emmerdale fans will recognise newcomer Connor from THIS other soap role

Connor threatens Paul in Emmerdale

Emmerdale isn't the first soap that actor Danny Cunningham has appeared in...

Emmerdale fans have been left scratching their heads over where they have seen village newcomer Connor before.

The new character arrived in the village on Thursday, demanding cash from Paul Ashdale as his gambling addiction spirals out of control once again.

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Emmerdale fans will recognise actor Danny Cunningham from Coronation Street (Picture: ITV)

Connor is set to play a big role in Paul's addiction storyline, and was back on screen last night delivering ultimatums.

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However, this isn't the first time that soap fans will have seen actor Danny Cunningham on their screens, because he used to be in Coronation Street.

Connor threatens Paul in Emmerdale

Newcomer Connor will spell trouble for Paul (Picture: ITV)

The actor appeared in nine episodes of Coronation Street as Jimmy Sykes, the twin brother of Linda Sykes (Mike Baldwin's fourth wife) between October 2000 and November 2001.

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Danny has also appeared in TV shows like Last Tango in Halifax, New Tricks, Soldier Soldier, Grange Hill, Casualty and The Bill.

Trouble on the cards for Paul

Connor is set to cause trouble in Emmerdale over the coming weeks as the truth about Paul's gambling addiction gets out.

Last night's Emmerdale saw Vinny overhear his dad on the phone to Connor, telling him he had just won some cash and can now pay him back the first instalment of what he owes.

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Vinny was devastated to discover Paul is still gambling (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Vinny is set to tell Paul that if he doesn't come clean about his gambling problems to Mandy then he will tell her himself.

But before either of them can tell Mandy what has been going on behind her back, they're left stunned when she gets down on one knee and proposes to Paul next week.

Despite the fact Paul accepts Mandy's proposal, it isn't long before his lies are exposed and Mandy's throwing him out.

Emmerdale, Vinny Dingle

Vinny is stunned to get a call saying Paul is in hospital (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

But while Mandy and Vinny reel from Paul's betrayal, they get a call to say Paul has been rushed to A&E.

Could Connor have something to do with why Paul has found himself in hospital?

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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.