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Thrilled Emmerdale viewers spot this Heartbeat connection!

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Hang on, we've seen that bloke before!

Eagle-eyed Emmerdale fans have spotted that Victoria Barton’s dodgy detective Glen is played by none other than Heartbeat actor David Lonsdale.

Stepping up her campaign to locate Adam, Victoria (Isabel Hodgins) hired Glen to track down her on-the-run husband.

Meanwhile, viewers were scratching their heads, thinking: “Hang on, I’ve seen that actor before”.

Victoria pays Glen to find Adam

Many viewers recognised Victoria's dodgy PI

Yep, David Lonsdale is well known to Heartbeat fans as the comedic David Stockwell in the hugely popular 1960s drama.

And many spotted the link, with one tweeting: “David Lonsdale fab to see you in Emmerdale, you were and still are my favourite in Heartbeat.” Another put: “Ha David from Heartbeat is on Emmerdale as private investigator lol”. While a third fan wrote: “David from Heartbeat in Emmerdale now!”

A fourth said: “Catching up with Emmerdale and I see David from Heartbeat grew up to be a private detective lol.”

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David made an amazing 259 appearances in Heartbeat, and he also appeared in spin off show The Royal.

He was in Heartbeat between 1993 and 2009.

David Lonsdale in Hearbeat

David Lonsdale in ITV's hugely popular drama Heartbeat

The 55-year-old actor has enjoyed a long acting career with roles in The Full Monty, The Bill, Casualty and even as a former incarnation of Peter Barlow in Coronation Street! He was also in recent BBC1 drama Press.

Meanwhile, in Emmerdale PI Glen will be seen trying to con Victoria out of money by telling her falsely that he’s got a lead on Adam in Portugal.

Glen tells Victoria he's found Adam in Portugal

Glen tells Victoria he's found Adam in Portugal, but things are about to get messy

And Glen turns nasty when he discovers Victoria hasn’t got the money to pay him. He is seriously angry and grabs Victoria. Can she escape him?

The ITV soap continues tonight at 7pm. A second episode is on tonight at 8pm.

Heartbeat picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock.