Casting news: Charity's son

After 27 years of believing her son had died at birth, last night’s episode revealed Charity Dingle's son had in fact survived.

Emmerdale are delighted to announce the casting of James Moore who will play Charity’s adult son Ryan Stocks.

Next week viewers will be introduced to Ryan and they will gain further insight into the missing pieces of Charity’s past.

Charity will learn that Ryan has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, but Ryan is not afraid to challenge misconceptions about his disability. With Ryan’s arrival imminent, Charity will find herself struggling to come to terms with the guilt of abandoning her baby. With so much to catch-up on, will Ryan forgive his biological Mum for leaving him all those years ago?

Charity Dingle - Emmerdale - ITV

We are absolutely delighted to welcome James to the show; an actor of real skill, talent and charisma. > > > As to be expected with his Dingle heritage, the character of Ryan is feisty, funny and reckless, and with an unquenchable zest for life. Ryan will not only turn Charity's life upside down, but also the wider Dingle clan as his arrival throws a massive spanner in the works. > > > As Ryan navigates his newfound family ties and connects with the mother he never knew he had, it unearths yet another layer to Charity. His journey on the show is jam\-packed with laughter, tears, unlikely friendships and with the odd unexpected twist thrown in for good measure.

Acting Series Producer Kate Brooks, on James's casting
James Moore - Emmerdale - ITV

I’m so excited to have joined the Emmerdale cast. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and I’m having a great time playing Ryan. I leapt a mile when I got the call and I was over the moon to hear that I had got the part.

James Moore, on joining Emmerdale

Stay tuned next week to find out what happens...

TV Choice awards 2018 - Emmerdale - ITV

The TV Choice Awards 2018 is now open for long list voting. Check out which categories we've been nominated in before you vote for Emmerdale on the TV Choice website

Best ActressEmma Atkins (Charity Dingle)Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle)Natalie J. Robb (Moira Dingle)

Best ActorDominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk)Michael Parr (Ross Barton)Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden)

Best NewcomerSandra Marvin (Jessie Grant)Ned Porteous (Joseph Tate)Andrew Scarborough (Graham Foster)

Best British SoapEmmerdale

Voting closes at 12am on Friday 1 June, so get your vote in!

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