Lesley Dunlop, Dominic Power and Jane Cox with the 'Best Soap' award, at the 2013 Inside Soap Awards

Emmerdale cleans up at Soap Awards

Emmerdale named best soap crowning a haul of prizes, which also included best storyline, outstanding achievement and best bad boy.

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Former Hollyoaks star joins Emmerdale

Anthony Quinlan, aka former Hollyoaks pushover Gilly Roach, is joining the cast of Emmerdale as the eldest son of a struggling single parent farmer.

former Hollyoaks star Anthony Quinlan who is joining the cast of Emmerdale as the eldest son of a struggling single parent farmer.
Former Hollyoaks star Anthony Quinlan who is joining the cast of Emmerdale as the eldest son of a struggling single parent farmer. Credit: PA

Quinlan's character Pete is the son of James Barton, played by former Coronation Street star Bill Ward, who played murder victim Charlie Stubbs.

Ward said: "The Barton boys are tremendous: feisty, strong willed, and a lot of fun to work with.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed the scenes we've had together thus far, and look forward to an awful lot more bad behaviour in the future."

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Corrie star Bill Ward becomes new face of Emmerdale

Bill Ward said: "The Emmerdale team are a very talented bunch indeed and I’m extremely chuffed to have been asked to join them.” Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Former Coronation Street actor Bill Ward has joined the cast of Emmerdale as a surprise new member of the Barton family.

Ward plays farmer and single father James Barton, the estranged older brother of the recently deceased John Barton, who turns up in the village out of the blue.

The actor, whose Corrie killing as builder Charlie Stubbs won him "best exit" at the 2007 British Soap Awards, is also known for roles in Cold Blood and the West End musical Spamalot.

He said he was "really looking forward" to filming, which starts next month before his screen debut in late October.

Kate Oates, Emmerdale series producer says: “I'm delighted to welcome Bill to the show. The Barton family have always been extremely popular with our audience and the arrival of James will be the start of a new era for them.”

Richard Thorp: 'Coolest guy with a Harley'

Emmerdale star Adele Silva has paid tribute to co-star Richard Thorp, who has died aged 81.

Adele, who plays Kelly Windsor in the soap, said on Twitter: "RIP - lovely man & coolest guy I've seen with a harley!"

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Ah sad news to hear about Richard Thorpe RIP - lovely man & coolest guy I've seen with a harley!

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Richard Thorp was 'a pillar' of Emmerdale

Richard Thorp, who has died aged 81, was "a pillar" of Emmerdale who "will be greatly missed", a statement from the soap said.

On behalf of the cast, crew and production team at Emmerdale, we are extremely sad to hear of Richard's death.

A pillar of the show, he will be greatly missed around the Emmerdale studios but will forever live on in all the wonderful memories we all have of him.

Richard was a true professional and a complete gentleman. His charm, wit and effortless grace will be sorely missed.

– Emmerdale statement

Emmerdale actors pay tribute to Richard Thorp

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Very sorry to hear the news that Richard Thorpe, Emmerdale's Alan Turner, has passed away He was always a gentleman and will be sadly missed

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