EMMERDALE is set to welcome a very familiar face as Cain Dingle’s long-lost brother makes an explosive arrival in the village.
In upcoming scenes, the hit ITV soap will welcome actor Will Ash — most famous for playing Christopher Mead in Waterloo Road — as newcomer Caleb Miligan.
Caleb, who is described as a “well connected” and “successful” businessman, will turn up unannounced in the village this Christmas.
However, it’s far from a happy festive reunion for the long-lost brothers as Caleb has lots of difficult questions he wants Cain to answer.
And that’s not all as Caleb’s arrival will make things even worse between warring siblings Cain and Chas, who recently lost their mother Faith Dingle, as it is revealed that Cain has kept their brother’s existence a secret since they were teenagers.
Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw says: “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!”
While Caleb actor Will added: “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.”
Will is best known for playing Christopher Mead in Waterloo Road from 2009 to 2011, his other roles include Stephen Snow in Where the Heart Is and Boleslaw “BB” Borowski in The Tunnel.
It’s been an explosive few months for the Dingle family as Cain is currently in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of Al Chapman despite the fact his 10-year-old son, Kyle, is actually responsible for Al’s death.
Prior to Al’s death, Cain had confronted him with a gun after discovering he had been having an affair with his sister Chas, who is married to Paddy Kirk, but in a huge twist it was later revealed that Kyle was in fact responsible for the murder.
Protective father Cain has taken the rap for his young son while Kyle and his mother Amy Wyatt have fled the village, along with Cain’s wife Moira Dingle and other son Isaac, leaving the village bad boy all alone in prison.
Emmerdale continues on weekdays at 7:30pm on ITV.