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Former EastEnders star switches soaps to Emmerdale

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 5 days ago Ian Sandwell

© Provided by Digital Spy 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 Junior briefly in EastEnders last year and this 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.

Graham is a new business client for Charity (Emma Atkins) with Debbie keen to clinch the deal, so she insists she go and meet him – which leaves Charity a bit annoyed.

However, it's a glammed-up Charity who arrives to meet Graham, shortly followed by Debbie who appears to make the right impression, but with the deal on a knife edge and Debbie's finances in disarray, will she manage to keep her luxury car hire business afloat?

Or could Tom be the answer to Debbie's money issues if she plays her cards right?

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"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."

Both actors have already started filming on Emmerdale, with their scenes set to air from September.

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Mark Fowler Junior and Courtney Mitchell in EastEnders © BBC Mark Fowler Junior and Courtney Mitchell in EastEnders

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