Former Hollyoaks actor Anthony Quinlan is set to join the cast of ITV's Emmerdale in the role of Pete Barton, the eldest son of recent arrival James (Bill Ward).
The actor, who is best known for his role in the C4 soap as Gilly Roach from 2005 to 2011 will join as the eldest son of the new Barton family, headed up by Moira's (Natalie J. Robb's) brother-in-law James.
Speaking today, the actor said: ''I'm really excited to be part of Emmerdale as it's an iconic serial drama. I'm privileged to be working with such a great cast and crew on a fantastic production."
Also joining the show is Joe Gill who has been cast as Pete's younger brother Finn. Gill, for whom Emmerdale
is his first major acting job commented ''I'm very grateful to be given this opportunity. The cast and crew have been class with me so far and the fact I'm able to learn from these experienced professionals everyday is just brilliant. I'm hoping my character can contribute to how amazing the show is doing at the moment."
Viewers have already met Pete and Finn's brother Ross, played by Michael Parr who first appeared on screen during the summer as Laurel's carjacker before arriving in the village on a permanent basis a fortnight ago.
Quinlan's character Pete is described as one of life's good guys. As the eldest, he took the decision to follow in his father's footsteps and become a farmer however his strong moral compass leads to disapproval of his brother Ross' criminal behaviour.
Meanwhile, Finn arrives in the village with a university degree. Farming has never been his strong point so he has other ambitions in life. Father James, meanwhile is forced to make a big decision about his family's future.