Debbie Dingle hasn’t had it that easy in Emmerdale recently. She’s got her rocky on/off relationship with village bad boy Ross Barton and now her luxury car business is struggling to get off the ground.
But this may be all about to change after Emmerdale boss Iain MacLeod revealed that two new characters are joining Emmerdale. Both will play a key part in Debbie’s life and one may even be a potential suitor.
Ned Porteous will play Tom Waterhouse, a wealthy and handsome young entrepreneur who is interested in going into business with Debbie.
You’ll probably recognise Ned, as he was in EastEnders just a year ago, playing Mark Fowler for 13 episodes.
Ned says he’s delighted to join the cast and that his character will certainly be stirring things up in the beloved Yorkshire Dales soap.
“I was really delighted to secure the role of Tom. I’ve never played a character like this before and I am very excited to see how his story develops!”
Andrew Scarborough also joins as Graham Foster, Tom’s right-hand man and business associate.
Andrew is a well-known actor himself, having played Tim Drewe in Downton Abbey and Magistrate Bassat in Jamaica Inn.
He said of his new Emmerdale character: “Graham is an interesting guy. He’s a bit enigmatic but he definitely has hidden depths, which I can’t wait to explore and he’s fiercely loyal to his boss Tom. I see Graham as a man a little like Alfred, the butler in Batman.”
Debbie’s mum Charity is the first to hear of these village newbies, and glams herself up to go and meet Graham. However, when Debbie gets wind of her plans, it’s she that makes the good impression on Graham and he says he’s keen to introduce her to Tom.
How will Charity react to her daughter competing against her? Will it put a spanner in the works of their joint business? And what will Debbie make of worldly Tom when they finally meet?
You’ll find all of this out and more when their first scenes together air in September.