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New character set to ruffle feathers in village of Emmerdale

Marcus Dean is the son of Rhona Goskirk’s violent ex-husband Pierce Harris and is sure to come as a shock to viewers of the long running soap.

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New character set to ruffle feathers in village of Emmerdale (ITV/ PA)

New character set to ruffle feathers in village of Emmerdale (ITV/ PA)

New character set to ruffle feathers in village of Emmerdale (ITV/ PA)

Producers of Emmerdale have announced the arrival of a new character who is set to ruffle feathers within the fictional village.

Marcus Dean is the son of Rhona Goskirk’s violent ex-husband Pierce Harris, and his presence sure to come as a shock to viewers and characters of the long running soap.

Played by actor Darcy Grey, Dean’s first appearance is slated for February 3.

His arrival comes as Goskirk finally begins to get on with her life following the trauma of her ill-fated relationship with Harris.

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FROM ITVSTRICT EMBARGO – No Use Before Embargo: 7:00am Wednesday 12th January 2020Emmerdale Turmoil for Rhona as Pierce’s son arrives in the villageRhona Goskirk’s life is turned upside down when the son of her violent ex-husband Pierce arrives in the village.She’s finally getting on with her life after the trauma of her ill-fated relationship with Pierce, so Marcus’s arrival comes as a huge shock to her. How will she react when she comes face to face with him?Actor Darcy Grey takes the role of Marcus Dean, who has his father’s brooding good looks, but do the similarities end there? What kind of childhood did Marcus have and has his upbringing affected how he lives his life now?The mention of Pierce, who is still serving time in prison for raping Rhona, is certain to bring back anxiety and trauma for Rhona, and she will have to dig deep to overcome the terrible experiences of her past, so can she allow Marcus into her life? Is Rhona opening herself up to more pain which could ultimately destroy her relationship with Marlon?Marcus will first appear on our screens on Thursday 3rd February.Picture contact – David.crook@itv.comThis photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms

FROM ITVSTRICT EMBARGO – No Use Before Embargo: 7:00am Wednesday 12th January 2020Emmerdale Turmoil for Rhona as Pierce’s son arrives in the villageRhona Goskirk’s life is turned upside down when the son of her violent ex-husband Pierce arrives in the village.She’s finally getting on with her life after the trauma of her ill-fated relationship with Pierce, so Marcus’s arrival comes as a huge shock to her. How will she react when she comes face to face with him?Actor Darcy Grey takes the role of Marcus Dean, who has his father’s brooding good looks, but do the similarities end there? What kind of childhood did Marcus have and has his upbringing affected how he lives his life now?The mention of Pierce, who is still serving time in prison for raping Rhona, is certain to bring back anxiety and trauma for Rhona, and she will have to dig deep to overcome the terrible experiences of her past, so can she allow Marcus into her life? Is Rhona opening herself up to more pain which could ultimately destroy her relationship with Marlon?Marcus will first appear on our screens on Thursday 3rd February.Picture contact – David.crook@itv.comThis photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms

FROM ITVSTRICT EMBARGO – No Use Before Embargo: 7:00am Wednesday 12th January 2020Emmerdale Turmoil for Rhona as Pierce’s son arrives in the villageRhona Goskirk’s life is turned upside down when the son of her violent ex-husband Pierce arrives in the village.She’s finally getting on with her life after the trauma of her ill-fated relationship with Pierce, so Marcus’s arrival comes as a huge shock to her. How will she react when she comes face to face with him?Actor Darcy Grey takes the role of Marcus Dean, who has his father’s brooding good looks, but do the similarities end there? What kind of childhood did Marcus have and has his upbringing affected how he lives his life now?The mention of Pierce, who is still serving time in prison for raping Rhona, is certain to bring back anxiety and trauma for Rhona, and she will have to dig deep to overcome the terrible experiences of her past, so can she allow Marcus into her life? Is Rhona opening herself up to more pain which could ultimately destroy her relationship with Marlon?Marcus will first appear on our screens on Thursday 3rd February.Picture contact – David.crook@itv.comThis photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms

Though Dean retains his father’s brooding good looks, the villagers will soon realise there may be more to him than meets the eye.

The series will reveal whether Dean is given a chance to be more than just his father’s son, or forever live in the shadow of the heinous crimes.

Harris is still serving time in prison for raping his ex-wife so his son’s presence in the village is certain to bring back anxiety and trauma for Goskirk.

“When my agent sent me the character of Marcus Dean, I was quietly smiling inside,” said Grey.

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

When my agent sent me the character of Marcus Dean, I was quietly smiling inside.Darcy Grey

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

He added: “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”.

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”.


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