Robin of Sherwood star Michael Praed joins Emmerdale

Praed, who also starred in US hit Dynasty, is to play the father of Tracy Shankley

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Robin of Sherwood and Dynasty star Michael Praed has joined the cast of Emmerdale.

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The 56-year-old star is to play Frank Clayton, the jailbird father of Tracy Shankley (Amy Walsh) and is set to make his debut in the Dales later this summer.

Speaking about his role on the ITV soap, Praed said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Emmerdale to play the role of Frank. From what I understand, his life is fairly complicated and I’m looking forward to getting to know him and portraying this complex man.”

The upcoming storyline will see David (Matthew Wolfenden) visit Frank in prison as he attempts to forge a relationship with his daughter Tracy.

Tracy is initially unaware of David’s approach and has attempted to put her father to the back of her mind, but a new rift will be created once Frank arrives in the village.

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Iain MacLeod, series producer at Emmerdale, said of Praed’s casting: “The character of Frank is really fascinating: flawed, funny, flirtatious – even fatherly, when it suits him! 

“His tale is a story of a man trying to find redemption in the face of huge temptation, with a massive twist or two thrown in for good measure.

“I am thrilled that Michael is on board in the role. He is an actor of real skill and understatement and a brilliant addition to the cast.”

Michael Praed shot to fame in 1984 when he played Robin of Loxley in Richard Carpenter’s acclaimed ITV drama Robin of Sherwood, alongside such merry men as Ray Winstone and Clive Mantle.

Success as the legendary outlaw led to a role on hit US primetime soap Dynasty, where he played Prince Michael of Moldavia, whose ill-fated wedding to Amanda Carrington became the scene of one of the drama’s best-remembered cliffhangers.

Since then, Praed has been a staple of West End theatre in such productions as Aspects of Love, Misery, The Sound of Music and – most recently – as George Herbert in the musical of The War of the Worlds.

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