Does he get to meet all the new Barton brothers?
He’s not crossed paths with them yet. But he’s not a big fan of Ross to start with – because he’s the person who’s got Adam into this mess in the first place. Ross has got this bad-boy image and Aaron doesn’t like him. He wants to put him in his place.
Do you think Aaron will be a good influence on Adam?
Aaron has matured while he’s been away, but he’s still got that temper to him. In terms of looking at life, though, he has matured – he’s seen something of the world now. So, in the short term, I think he will be a good influence on Adam.
Will the circumstances surrounding the fire that caused Aaron to leave rear their head again?
Absolutely. People are still pointing the finger at Aaron. I think it’s time for the truth to come out, but at what point, I don’t know. Aaron’s first got to answer questions about running away and skipping bail, which is obviously a serious offence. It’ll be interesting to see how the police come down on him.
Is Chas pleased to see Aaron back?
She adores him. But it’s going to be hard for Chas to accept that he’s returned to the country without telling anybody. She’s obviously going to be angry about that because she always wants to hear about everything first. But, in the long run, she’ll be happy.
How have fans reacted to you returning to the show?
It’s been great. I often got tweets from people saying that they’d like to see Adam back in the village. Some people have guessed where he’s going to be slipping back into the storyline and the response has been positive.
What tempted you back to Emmerdale?
When our series producer Kate Oates approached my agent about it, she said that she had this great storyline involving Donna and Adam getting into trouble. Plus Emmerdale was the best job I’d ever done and I’m sure it always will be, so it was hard to say no. I just wanted to come back.
You’ve just been filming Scott & Bailey, which will air around the same time as Aaron’s return – is it strange for you that one character’s a cop and the other’s on the wrong side of the law?
Yes, it’s weird. It’s almost like a mirror image – one side is solving problems with the police, the other is causing problems for the police. It was a strange switchover for me – I only had a week off between the two shows.
Have you enjoyed your time away from Emmerdale?
I always said that I wanted to go off and dip my toe in the water to see what it was like. I did a fair few jobs and now it’s nice to come back and say, ‘yeah, I’ve done it’. But I have missed Aaron – thank goodness we’ve dumped the trackies, though. He’s not as chavvy as he once was. But he’s still got that rebellious attitude and playing him still feels like second nature. I’m chuffed to bits to return and Aaron will be back for the foreseeable future.