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Emmerdale return for Sutton

Veteran actor Dudley Sutton is joining the cast of Emmerdale more than 15 years after he first appeared in the rural soap as a down-and-out.

Dudley Sutton is returning to Emmerdale Credit: Press Association

The 80-year-old Lovejoy star will play the ageing father of another new cast member, former Hollyoaks actor James Redmond, with the pair making their debuts next month.

Sutton said: "This will be my second appearance in Emmerdale as I appeared in 1997 as a tramp! It's great to be back in Yorkshire and I have fond memories of filming the Beiderbecke trilogy in the same building as Emmerdale is now filmed."

James Redmon will appear as Seb Credit: Press Association

His character, William, appears when Ruby Haswell, played by Alicya Eyo, applies to work as his carer but does not realise he is the father of her former boyfriend Seb.

Redmond said: "Having taken a five-year break from acting to concentrate on stand up comedy, I am really looking forward to getting back on the horse. It will be great to join the cast of Emmerdale and Seb will be my first time playing a northerner."

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Former Emmerdale actor denies child sexual assault

Cy Chadwick played Nick Bates between 1985 and 1996

Former Emmerdale actor Cy Chadwick has appeared before magistrates in Leeds this morning charged with sexually assaulting a child in the 1980s.

The 44-year-old, who played Nick Bates in the soap between 1985 and 1996, denied the charge. He was released on bail and is next due to appear at Leeds Crown Court later this month.

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Final farewell for Emmerdale veteran

Members of the Emmerdale cast past and present, gathered this afternoon to pay tribute to the late Richard Thorpe, the soap's longest serving actor. who played Alan Turner, and died in May at the age of 81.

This afternoon, a memorial service was held for him at Leeds Minister - after his character officially bowed out of the soap last night. Michael Billington reports.

Soap stars prepare for memorial to longest-serving colleague

Emmerdale cast toast the passing of Alan Turner Credit: ITV Studios

Emmerdale stars are attending the memorial service this afternoon to their colleague Richard Thorp who died in May. The 81-year-old was toasted on screen last night in an episode in which Alan Turner passed away peacefully in his sleep. The actor was Emmerdale's longest serving cast member.

Memorial service for Richard Thorp

Richard Thorp

A memorial service for the late Emmerdale actor Richard Thorp will take place at Leeds Minster later on today. The 81-year-old, who played Alan Turner for nearly three decades, died in May.

Alan Turner, who died in Emmerdale last night, will have an onscreen funeral on the soap next week.

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