Emmerdale has cast Peaky Blinders star Jack Parr for a major new storyline in the soap.
The actor – who played Dougie Bill in the last series of the BBC1 series – is going to be making his debut on the soap next week.
He will arrive in the village as a character called Jordan and quickly become involved in the lives of several villagers.
A TV source told The Sun : “Jordan will arrive in the village in a shocking way and end up pitting neighbour against neighbour.
“It’s going to be a dramatic storyline and take on a serious issue.”
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Jack will be making his Emmerdale debut during a dramatic time on the soap after viewers were shocked to see Meena Jutla finally be sentenced for her shocking crimes.
During Monday’s episode, it was revealed that Meena had been sentenced to a minimum of 75 years in prison with the judge adding: “You will remain in custody for the rest of your life.”
Taking to Twitter after the scenes, the hit ITV soap shared an emotional video of Meena star Paige saying goodbye to viewers.
In the clip, Paige jokes: “She’s finally gone down. Who knew?”
The actress then continues: “I just want to say thank you all for all of your support. Thank you to everyone at Emmerdale and ITV and all my beautiful actors and the crew. You’re all amazing.
“You’ve made this experience just the best of my life, and I will treasure these moments forever. And a big thank you, especially to Rebecca Sarker, my on-screen sister, but also a sister in my heart. I love you so much. Bye, everyone!”
Soap watchers were quick to react to the video as they asked when Paige would be returning as Meena and that the ITV soap will not be the same without her.
One person said: “Paige has been AMAZING! the show won’t ever be the same without her. Meena has gone down as one of the greatest fictional characters of all time.”
A different account put: “Paige was brilliant playing Meena she was sinister, funny, and she had charisma unlike any other soap villain we have seen on an english soap before she will be missed.”
Another follower wrote: “Thank you Paige Sandhu for playing Meena Jutla she will go down as my favourite Emmerdale villain you have been incredible to watch proud of you #emmerdale #PaigeSandhu xx.”
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