Aaron Anthony recast as Ellis Chapman after Emmerdale sacks Asan N’Jie

A surprise December return from Dubai catches out bad dad Al as Delicious star Anthony makes his debut as Ellis 

New Ellis Aaron Anthony

As predicted by RadioTimes.com, Emmerdale has brought back Jessie Chapman’s son Ellis with a different actor, Aaron Anthony, after Asan N’Jie was sacked by the soap with immediate effect following an aggressive confrontation with Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards.


Anthony has most recently appeared onscreen as chef Adam Hesketh in series two and three of Sky One’s original drama Delicious and will be starring in Netflix drama Behind Her Eyes, based on the Sarah Pinborough bestseller.

Says Aaron Anthony of his casting, “Emmerdale is a cracking show with a brilliant cast that I’m over the moon to now be a part of. I know Ellis is a well-loved character and I’m looking forward to continuing his journey and all that’s in store for him.”

Aaron Anthony chef

Ellis was last seen storming out of the village after one argument too many with his devious dad Al (Michael Wildman) who had been pitting his son against Ellis’s half-brother Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle). The offer of a post as a PE teacher with his mum Jessie in Dubai always left the door open. Billy later revealed that he was actually the one responsible for getting Ellis the job as a way to protect him from his toxic dad.

Ellis Emmerdale panic attack

When Ellis returns unannounced to the village before Christmas it will be just in time to stop Billy and Al knocking seven bells out of each other. Ellis’s biggest storylines to date have involved his rivalry with his bad boy sibling. Ellis was stabbed in April 2019 when he became collateral damage between Billy and an old enemy. But now it’s dad Al that he’s set firmly in his sights.


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