The Latest Celebrity News & Showbiz Gossip

Thursday 17th January 2019

Emmerdale's Mark Jordon enters not guilty plea to charges of GBH and assault

He's in court charged with attacking a pensioner

Emmerdale star Mark Jordon appeared in court today to plead not guilty to charges of GBH and assault, after an altercation with a pensioner earlier this year.

Mark, who plays Daz Spencer in the soap, appeared in the dock in Tameside Magistrates' Court in Greater Manchester to confirm his personal details.

Mark has been a regular on Emmerdale since 2017 (Credit: ITV)

The 53-year-old is charged with Section 20 wounding and common assault, after the OAP suffered bites to his left eyebrow, arm and thumb at The Farrers Arms Pub in Oldham.

The actor's lawyer, Rebecca Clarke, confirmed her client was pleading not guilty, as the alleged victim, Andy Potts, 68, watched from the public gallery.

The TV star, who was previously married to actress Siobhan Finneran, was joined by his current girlfriend, Emmerdale co-star Laura Norton, 35, who plays Kerry Wyatt.

The couple star together on Emmerdale (Credit: JoepopProds Twitter)

Laura, who has called Mark her "best friend", left with her boyfriend after he was granted unconditional bail and the case was referred to Crown Court.

Read more: This Morning viewers shocked by "feeder" whose girlfriend gained 12 stone

Producers have spent a lot of time weighing up what to do about the ­situation.

Mark was charged at the beginning of October with the alleged assault which happened on 1st July.

The pair have been together over a year (Credit: @lawrencenotrin)

When the alleged incident first came to light, there were reports that Mark's future on Emmerdale could be in jeopardy.

But it appears he will be remaining on the show for the foreseeable.

Laura (right) has supported Mark (left) through his court case (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Jeremy Kyle caught flirting with attractive guest

The Sun quoted a source as saying: "Producers have spent a lot of time weighing up what to do about the ­situation.

"They understand it’s a very serious situation but they don’t think suspending him will help anything — especially while legal matters are still ongoing."