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Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano: Why Matty Barton is about to turn BAD!

Matty crosses paths with Victoria in Emmerdale

Matty gets involved with some dodgy blokes next week in Emmerdale...

Matty Barton could be heading down a dangerous path in Emmerdale when he becomes involved with some “bad boys,” says Ash Palmisciano, who plays him.

Next week in the ITV soap, Matty, who’s on top of the world after his recent gender-reassignment surgery, takes part in a game of football and gets barged by opposition player Jono.

Pete defends Matty in Emmerdale

Pete (Anthony Quinlan) is over-protective when Matty receives a bad tackle in Emmerdale

Pete promptly comes to Matty’s defence but he’s angry because he feels well-meaning Pete is undermining his efforts to be "one of the lads".

However, Jono and his mate ask Matty for a beer, which cheers him up.

“They’re bad boys, but Matty feels that to be respected and be a ‘proper man,’ he needs to be like them. He’s going through what others might go through at 12 or 13,” explains 29-year-old Ash.

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And it looks like Matty could go to extreme lengths to impress his new “mates”.

Matty is understandably angry with Victoria (Isabel Hodgins) after she failed to tell him that she’s heading to Cornwall.

But while in the past Matty would have quickly forgiven her, next week in Emmerdale he chooses to blank her for his dodgy new friends.

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To make matters worse, Jono and co are bad-mouthing Matty behind his back. Even when he’s told by Billy (Jay Kontzle) and Ellis (Asan N’Jie) that his new pals have been slagging him off, Matty still wants to fit in with them.

“He thinks he’s doing the right thing by hanging out with them, but they're taking him for a ride,” says Ash.

And it looks like Matty could be about to display his darker side to impress them…

Emmerdale continues on ITV.

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