A rich and glamorous family have been unveiled as the new owners of Emmerdale’s Home Farm.
Actor John Bowe – who previously played property developer Duggie Ferguson in Coronation Street – recently joined the ITV soap as land owner Lawrence White.
He will move into Home Farm with his daughter Chrissie White, played by newcomer Louise Marwood, along with her fiance and teenage son.
Bowe said: “I am delighted to be joining the cast of Emmerdale and, having already recorded scenes involving Edna Birch’s long-forgotten past, it is now fantastic to have been given the keys to Home Farm. I can’t wait to stir things up...”
Chrissie’s fiance turns out to be none other than Robert Sugden – last seen in the village in 2009 – who has a long-standing feud with his adoptive brother Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) and has had relationships with both Andy’s wife Katie Sugden (Sammy Winward) and Debbie Dingle (Charlie Webb).
Ryan Hawley, star of hit West End show The History Boys, will take over the role of Robert, previously played by Karl Davies.
Chrissie’s troubled 14-year-old son Lachlan will be played by Thomas Atkinson.
Home Farm is to be put up for auction following the disappearance of its bankrupt current owner Declan Macey (Jason Merrell).
Producer Kate Oates said: “Home Farm has always been the seat of power in Emmerdale. In Lawrence, we have a family man, with serious status and a complex history.
“Robert’s going to have to prove himself worthy – not just of the big House on the Hill, but of Lawrence’s daughter, Chrissie. But will the ghosts of his past hold him back?”