Robert Sugden is to return to ‘Emmerdale’.
The character – who appeared in the soap between 1986 and 2005 and returned briefly in 2009 - is to be taken on by newcomer Ryan Hawley and is to cause trouble for his brother and old adversary Andy Sugden, played by Kelvin Fletcher.
Ryan said of joining the ITV soap: “I am absolutely over the moon to be joining the show. Playing such an interesting character with a complicated history in the village is so much fun, especially as my family are all big ‘Emmerdale’ fans. I can’t say much about what’s going to happen but I am delighted to be a part of it.”
Robert – who was previously portrayed by actors Richard Smith, Christopher Smith and Karl Davies – and his adopted brother Andy have always been at loggerheads as Andy never forgave Robert for having an affair with his fiancee Katie (Sammy Winward), while Robert never coped with feeling Andy was the most cherished son.
Now, as Andy and Katie have rekindled their relationship and are planning to tie the knot once again, Robert’s arrival could be set to jeopardise their big day.
‘Emmerdale’ series producer Kate Oates said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to the show. Robert is a complex character and when we were looking for someone to take over the role, Ryan had the perfect balance of charm and edge.
“Robert Sudgen’s life has moved on in many ways…but those ingrained feelings – about his father, Andy, Katie, and the village where he grew up – are sure to find an explosive outlet.”
Robert is to return to the dales in scenes set to air in late October.