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Emmerdale reveals the identity of Harriet Finch's stalker - did you guess who it was?

Harriet Finch Harriet is frightened in Emmerdale

The truth is finally out! We caught up with actor Dean Andrews, who plays newcomer Will, the troubled ex of Harriet Finch...

Emmerdale has finally revealed the identity of the mysterious hooded figure behind the terrifying attacks against Harriet Finch, and it's none other than her ex and Dawn's dad, Will.

Soap fans have seen Harriet tormented over the last few weeks, starting with a vicious attack in broad daylight, followed by sinister red paint being thrown over the church.

This week has seen Harriet left terrified after she was locked in the church by the mysterious figure... only for her to be rescued at the last moment by her knight in shining armour - Cain Dingle.

Harriet's attacked in Emmerdale

Harriet was brutally attacked in broad daylight a few weeks ago...

But tonight's Emmerdale revealed the identity of Harriet's stalker as her ex, Will, the drug baron who she got sent to jail while working as an undercover police officer.

While Dawn might have protested her innocence as everyone pointed the finger of suspicion at her over recent weeks, it seems she does have a connection to the scary goings on that Harriet has been subjected to after all.

Ever since Dawn arrived in the village Harriet has been trying to make up for the fact she was the reason Will got sent to jail and Dawn ended up in care. But while Harriet and Dawn might have started to build bridges, it seems Will is out for revenge.

Harriet is rattled in Emmerdale

Harriet was left spooked after she found red paint everywhere...

We caught up with Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes legend, Dean Andrews, to find out what it is like to be part the Emmerdale cast: "I'm very excited still, I have always wanted to be part of Emmerdale.

"It is one of those shows that has been around for as long as I can remember and always had great storylines. I have always wanted to be part of it being a Yorkshire lad."

While it was announced a few months ago that Dean had landed a role in Emmerdale, it was kept under wraps who he would be playing...

"The hardest thing has been keeping it quiet, everyone has wanted to know about Emmerdale," he reveals.

"It is the most attention I have ever had. I'm glad the cat is out of the bag and it will be good to explore the character a little more."

Dean Andrews

Dean Andrews is "excited" to have joined Emmerdale

But it seems that Will's arrival is set to spell trouble for Harriet as her ex is out for revenge...

"He has just come out of prison, he is quite a hard man, he was a drugs baron back in the day and part of organised crime, he was put in jail by Harriet," explains Dean.

"She helped put him away and he has a lot of anger for that. He has reunited with his daughter and he holds a lot of guilt for not bring there for her. There are a lot of emotions going on with him."

Find out what happens next for Harriet as her drama continues this week.

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

Picture credits: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

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 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.