Emmerdale casts first transgender character
A familiar face will be returning to Emmerdale Farm after a big life change.
Matty Barton (Ash Palmisciano), formerly known as Hannah, will make a surprise return at the end of the month.
After the Bartons suspect the farm has been robbed, Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) attacks returnee Matty without realising his true identity. However, Matty’s mother Moira (Natalie J. Robb) is shocked to discover Matty has been living as male since leaving the farm for London.
Palmisciano has previously appeared in Boy Meets Girl and Mum and makes his soap debut in Emmerdale.
Speaking of his arrival, he says: “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 groundbreaking character to play and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for him.”
Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks said: “The character of Matty certainly knows how to make an impact: cheeky, effervescent, quick-witted and headstrong, it’s not long before he’s charmed his way into the affections of all those who meet him.
“His tale of a man trying to shake off his past and find acceptance in the present is full of emotion, humour and ultimately hope as he settles back into rural village life, turning Moira’s world upside down in the process.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Ash on board to play this role. A skilful actor of great talent, he exudes charisma and there’s an unflinching honesty to his performance that adds real depth to this complex character.”