Former Brookside star John McArdle joins Emmerdale – will he be playing Chrissie’s real dad?

McArdle will be playing plumber Ronnie - who may well have family connections at Home Farm

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Ex-Brookside actor, John McArdle, has joined the cast of Emmerdale to play Ronnie Hale, a down-to-earth plumber who will come to be suspected of being Chrissie White’s biological father.

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When Chrissie (Louise Marwood) comes across an old love letter from Ronnie, she instantly thinks that he could be her real dad, but it’s not until there’s the excuse of a leak at Home Farm that she decides to call him. With Ronnie unaware of Chrissie’s true agenda, will she establish the truth?

Is the real father of Chrissie White (Louise Marwood) about to be revealed?

Viewers have already seen Chrissie wonder about her true paternity, but it looks like secrets will be finally be exposed when McArdle’s first scenes air in mid-April.

The actor, who first found fame as Billy Corkhill in Brookside, said today: “I am really pleased to be joining the cast of Emmerdale. The standard of the show is equal to anything I have worked on before and I am really happy to become part of that.”

Iain MacLeod, Emmerdale series producer, added: “I am thrilled to welcome an actor of John’s pedigree to the show. And in Ronnie, we have a character that will unearth every painful fragment of love and loss buried in the White family’s past – with the odd unexploded bomb thrown in for good measure!”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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