Former EastEnders star Ned Porteous has switched soaps to play Debbie’s new love interest on Emmerdale. Ned played Grant Mitchell’s son Mark Fowler Jr in EastEnders last year, so his new role means he’s unlikely to be paying his mum Michelle a visit anytime soon in Albert Square.
He will play Tom Waterhouse in Emmerdale and joins the soap alongside Andrew Scarborough as his right hand man Graham Foster, both of whom turn Debbie Dingle’s (Charley Webb) head when they arrive. Both actors have already started filming on Emmerdale, with their scenes set to air from September.
“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 this story develops,” enthused Ned. Andrew added: “[Graham] is 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 Batman’s butler Alfred.”