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Who plays Vanessa’s son Johnny in Emmerdale? Has he been recast?

Johnny is back in the village

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Vanessa recently returned to Emmerdale and in last night’s episode (Tuesday, January 4) her son Johnny appeared, now also back in the village with her.

In tonight’s episode (Wednesday, January 5) Vanessa and Johnny ran into Charity and Nate in David’s shop and the young boy was thrilled to see his adoptive mum.

He told her that he missed her and Charity suggested they could see each other now he’s back in the village, but Vanessa wasn’t keen on the idea.

Who is Johnny in Emmerdale?

Johnny is the son of Vanessa Woodfield and Kirin Kotecha, however Kirin has no contact with his son.

At first it was thought Adam Barton was Johnny’s biological father after Vanessa had a one-night-stand with him.

A DNA test said that Adam was Johnny’s biological dad but it turns out Kirin’s dad Rakesh got hold of the results when they arrived and edited them, as he didn’t want Kirin to be a father yet.

Kirin is Johnny’s biological father (Credit: ITV)

However a second DNA test proved that Johnny was in fact Kirin’s son.

In 2020 he was adopted by Vanessa’s then fiancée Charity Dingle, making her his adoptive mother.

He is the adoptive brother of Charity’s kids Debbie Dingle, Ryan Stocks, Noah Dingle and Moses Dingle.

Johnny is also the nephew of Tracy Metcalfe and cousin to her daughter, Frankie.

Who plays Vanessa’s son Johnny in Emmerdale?

Jack now plays Johnny (Credit: ITV)

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Johnny is now played by actor Jack Jennings.

Jack has recently taken over the role from Luca Hepworth who played Johnny from 2015 until the characters last appearance in May 2020.

Michelle Hardwick welcomes Jack to the show

Michelle Hardwick recently welcomed Jack to the show on Twitter sharing a picture of her and Jack on-screen as Vanessa and Johnny.

She captioned the post: “A huge welcome to Jack who now plays Johnny Woodfield in @Emmerdale.

“He’s a little star and a pleasure to work with.”

Where has Johnny been?

In 2020 Vanessa went to look after her mother who had a bad fall and Vanessa was also having chemotherapy for her bowel cancer.

In October 2020 Vanessa became distant with Charity and she feared Vanesa would leave her.

Upset, she ended up kissing Moira’s brother Mackenzie, unaware of who he was at the time. However what she didn’t realise is Vanessa’s sister Tracy saw this and took a picture.

Emmerdale Wed 5 Jan Vanessa tells Charity that she stopped Nate seeing Tracy and Frankie and Tracy overhears
Vanessa and Charity split after she found out Charity cheated (Credit: ITV)

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Later Vanessa told Charity the reason she was acting distant was because she had an appointment for another scan and didn’t want to worry her.

However it was good news and she had been given the all-clear.

Vanessa planned to return to the village but Tracy showed Vanessa the picture of Charity and Mack kissing.

Vanessa made the decision to stay away from the village with her son Johnny and broke up with Charity.

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Emmerdale usually airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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