Emmerdale’s Bradley Johnson looks unrecognisable in unearthed footage from BBC talent show

He took part in Let It Shine in 2017

Actor Bradley Johnson has kept Emmerdale viewers guessing ever since he arrived in the village as Vinny.

The villagers believe he’s Mandy Dingle’s son, but soap fans discovered this week that she isn’t his mum after all.

Is Vinny just a conman or is he related to anyone in the village? (Credit: ITV)

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Since the revelation, at the end of a bizarre flashback episode, some viewers have declared they don’t care who he is, while others have been speculating wildly about his connection to the villagers

In the meantime, you might have been wondering just where you’ve seen the actor before – and it might surprise you!

In fact, Bradley Johnson is both an actor AND a singer, and was a finalist on BBC talent show Let It Shine.

Bradley Johnson Let It Shine
Bradley Johnson performed on Let It Shine (Credit: BBC)

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In 2017, Bradford-born Bradley performed Bring Him Home from the musical Les Miserables, in front of judges Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp, Gary Barlow and Amber Riley.

He told the panel: “I’ve been singing since I was five. Singing is my passion and it’s something that I’d love to do.”

Singing is my passion and it’s something that I’d love to do.

He then proceeded to sing his heart out in front of the studio audience and received a standing ovation.

Bradley Johnson Let It Shine
Bradley has a cracking set of lungs (Credit: BBC)

The show searched for new talent to form a fictional boy band for The Band musical, which featured the music of Take That.

Prior to this, Bradley had a role in the BBC series The Syndicate.

He played Noah Stevenson in the show for four episodes.

The talented 21-year-old has also appeared in Harriet’s Army, Shameless, Five Days, and And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Bradley also appeared in The Syndicate series 3 in 2015
Bradley also appeared in the third series of The Syndicate in 2015 (Credit: BBC)

In upcoming scenes in Emmerdale, Vinny risks his identity being exposed when he takes a shine to his ‘cousin’ Belle Dingle.

Mandy actress Lisa Riley revealed that Vinny’s feelings for Belle could cause trouble for the pair…

She said: “I think Mandy is itching to go.

“But Vinny takes a shine to Belle, as we see, and I’m like ‘oh don’t embarrass yourself, come on’, especially with the family not knowing that he’s not blood now as well.”

Will Vinny be able to keep his feelings for Belle in check?

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