Emmerdale: former EastEnders star Ned Porteous joins the cast

Mark Fowler Junior heads to the Yorkshire soap along with an ex-Downton Star

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Emmerdale have announced the casting of two new characters set to turn Debbie Dingle’s life upside down this September. 

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Ned Porteous, familiar to EastEnders fans from his stunt last year as Mark Fowler Junior, plays suave Tom Waterhouse and Downton Abbey’s Andrew Scarborough takes the role of his right hand man, Graham Foster. 

The posh pair cross paths with the Dingles when they become new clients for Debbie and mum Charity’s luxury car hire business. But as mother and daughter compete to clinch the deal, events take a surprising turn leaving Debbie’s fragile finances hanging by a thread.

As a spark develops with handsome and mysterious Tom, has she found the answer to her money worries or got herself involved in something potentially dangerous? Will Tom prove a match for scheming Debbie? And what does this mean for her volatile romance with Ross Barton?

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Discussing his new role, Porteous says: “I was really delighted to secure the part. I’ve never played a character like this before and I am very excited to see how his story develops!” 

Scarborough said of his character Graham: “He  is an interesting guy. He’s a bit enigmatic but  definitely has hidden depths, which I can’t wait to explore and he’s fiercely loyal to his boss Tom. I see Graham as being like like Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred in Batman!”

The casting of Porteous appears to put paid to a potential return for Mark Fowler Junior to Walford. Porteous was the first actor to play the part of Grant Mitchell and Michelle Fowler’s love child on screen during a short stint last summer, but has not been seen since. Looks like Emmerdale got in there first… 

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