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Dramatic hospital baby dash for Emmerdale star

Emmerdale star Chris Bisson and his partner feared their daughter would be born in the car as they made a dramatic dash to get to the hospital.

Chris Bisson and his partner Rowena Finn Credit: Press Association

Bisson, who plays Jai Sharma in the ITV soap, has told how he and partner Rowena Finn welcomed their daughter Ella Rose just seven minutes after arriving at the hospital.

He told Hello! magazine: "Just like a scene from a film, there was this cinematic race to the hospital. She was born seven minutes later (after our arrival) after one puff of gas and air."

The couple have a three-year-old son, Harry, and welcomed daughter Ella Rose on December 8 last year.

I was terrified. I really believed I was going to give birth in the car. If it had been rush hour, we wouldn't have made it.

– Rowena Finn

Forty-year-old Bisson said while he enjoys playing a "baddie" in Emmerdale, since becoming a father he has found certain storylines challenging.

I enjoy playing a baddie but since becoming a father I find some baby-related storylines challenging.

When Harry was born, the plot revolved around a baby in intensive care. I've been filming another harrowing story that hasn't been revealed yet. It makes me realise how lucky I am.

– Chris Bisson

Jonathan Wrather joins Emmerdale cast

Established actor Jonathan Wrather has joined the cast of Emmerdale as Pierce Harris.

Jonathan Wrather is joining Emmerdale as Pierce Harris Credit: Emmerdale/ITV

Unknown to Pierce, his wife Tess (Nicola Stephenson) is having an affair with Emmerdale’s long serving vet Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt). But with Pierce now on the scene, is it only a matter of time before their clandestine secret is exposed?

When Paddy and Tess first met she was open about being married but Paddy never expected to come face to face with her handsome husband. His arrival is set to be a dramatic one and he will first appear on screen mid February.

Jonathan has a wealth of television and theatre credits to his name and is best known for his roles in Coronation Street and Silent Witness.

I am thrilled to be joining Emmerdale. It's a great opportunity to be offered the chance to create a new character in one of TV's most popular shows and I'm very excited to be working with such an outstanding cast and team

– Jonathan Wrather

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Panto stars to spread cheer in hospital

Lisa Riley and John Challis

Pantomime stars will spread a little magic on a children's ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary today.

Comedian Billy Pearce, former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley, John Challis (Only Fools and Horses) and Jake Canuso, from Benidorm, will be brining fun and frolics as well as handing out gifts to young patients in Ward 2.

The cast members are currently performing in "Jack and the Beanstalk" at Bradford's Alhambrah Theatre.

Billy Pearce and cast

Villagers keep up 700-year-old Haxey Hood tradition

It's the 6th of January and, apart from taking down our Christmas trees, that can only mean one thing - time for the Haxey Hood.

It's a 700-year-old tradition which sees hundreds of people turn out in the Lincolnshire village of Haxey to take part in a large rugby-type scrum called the sway which pushes a leather tube, called the hood, to one of four pubs where it remains for the 365 days.

Confused? Then see Adam Fowler's report.

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Ex-OneD star tops list of sexiest Asian men

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has topped the 2015 list of the world's 50 Sexiest Asian Men.

Zayn Malik

Bradford-born Malik, who left the group earlier this year to be a "normal 22-year-old", is also the youngest person ever to top the list.

This year marks the 12th edition of the annual poll by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper.

Last year's winner Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan slipped into second place this year, with Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar in third place.

Malik was in ninth position last year but ended up topping this year's list following votes from across the globe.

The top five is completed with Indian TV star Barun Sobti in fourth position and actor Vivian Dsena in fifth position.

Other notable names in the top 10 are Bollywood heavy weight Salman Khan in seventh spot, and Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as the King of Bollywood, holding the ninth spot.

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