Emmerdale is set to introduce a new character into the mix next month, who will likely cause a bit of disruption within the village.

Producers of the ITV soap have said it will be Marcus Dean, the son of Rhona Goskirk’s violent ex-husband Pierce Harris.

He will be played by actor Darcy Grey, who is scheduled to first appear in an episode on February 3, 2022.

Speaking on playing the role to the PA News Agency, Grey said: "When my agent sent me the character of Marcus Dean, I was quietly smiling inside.

"We share so many similarities, both the good – and perhaps – some of the bad. I thought ‘I know who this kid is’.

“To then get the call to say that the role was mine was one of those pinch-yourself moments we actors simply dream of.

“For Marcus, the battle of being torn between wanting to forget his relationship with his Dad but also ultimately, wanting to simply be loved is a challenge many of us face, and one that I hope I can bring some truth to.

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“He is such an open book, with such an uncertain future that I just can’t wait for you all to see where his journey in the village takes him," he added.

Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks said: “We’re delighted to welcome Darcy to the show and we’re sure he’ll certainly make quite the impression on villagers and viewers alike”.