Emmerdale’s Barton family will face an emotional crisis as Hannah Barton returns to the village – as a man named Matty.
Thinking that the farm has been broken into, Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) knocks out a man he believes is an intruder.
Hannah Barton hasn't been seen in the village for a long time (Credit: ITV)
However, when Moira (Natalie J Robb) arrives she instantly recognises him as her daughter Hannah, who was last seen six years ago when she moved to London following the tragic death of her father, John.
Hannah Barton returns as Matty (Credit: ITV)
Matty Barton, the ITV soap’s first transgender character, will be played by Ash Palmisciano, who has already begun filming.
The actor said: "I’m very excited to be joining the very welcoming Emmerdale family.
"From nervous auditions to now working alongside the team daily has been truly amazing.
"Matty’s a ground-breaking character to play and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for him."
Ash exudes charisma and there’s an unflinching honesty to his performance that adds real depth to this complex character.