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Thursday 19 October 2017

Emmerdale's bad boy set to return - for the third time

Emmerdale bad boy Robert Sugden is returning to the soap - with the fourth different actor taking on the role.

Ryan Hawley (inset)will play Robert who is set to continue his feud with his adopted brother Andy which began when he had an affair with his fiancee.

The actor, who will appear on screen in October, said he was "over the moon" to be joining the show.

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"Playing such an interesting character with a complicated history in the village is so much fun, especially as my family are all big Emmerdale fans," he said.

"I can't say much about what's going to happen but I am delighted to be a part of it."

The last actor to play Robert, Karl Davies, left in October 2005 returning for a one-off appearance in 2009.

Series producer Kate Oates said: "I'm delighted to welcome Ryan to the show.

"Robert is a complex character and when we were looking for someone to take over the role, Ryan had the perfect balance of charm and edge.

"Robert Sugden's life has moved on in many ways ... but those ingrained feelings - about his father, Andy, Katie, and the village where he grew up - are sure to find an explosive outlet."

The character was first played by Richard Smith, before Christopher Smith took over the role before being replaced by Davies.

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