Emmerdale bosses have cast James Moore as Charity Dingle’s adult son Ryan Stocks.

After 27 years of believing her son was stillborn, last night’s (29th May) episode of the rural saga – which used flashbacks to explore Charity’s (Emma Atkins) tragic past – revealed that he had in fact survived. Charity is still unaware of this.

Next week, the audience will be introduced to Ryan and will gain further insight into the missing pieces of Charity’s past.

“I’m so excited to have joined the Emmerdale cast. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and I’m having a great time playing Ryan. I leapt a mile when I got the call and I was over the moon to hear that I had got the part.” – James Moore

Charity learns that Ryan has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, but Ryan is not afraid to challenge misconceptions about his disability.

Charity will struggle to come to terms with the guilt of abandoning her baby as his introduction unfolds. With so much to catch-up on, will Ryan forgive his biological Mum for leaving him all those years ago?

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome James to the show; an actor of real skill, talent and charisma. As to be expected with his Dingle heritage, the character of Ryan is feisty, funny and reckless, and with an unquenchable zest for life. Ryan will not only turn Charity’s life upside down, but also the wider Dingle clan as his arrival throws a massive spanner in the works.


“As Ryan navigates his newfound family ties and connects with the mother he never knew he had, it unearths yet another layer to Charity. His  journey on the show is jam-packed with laughter, tears, unlikely friendships and with the odd unexpected twist thrown in for good measure.” – Kate Brooks, Acting Series Producer

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, STV and UTV, with an additional episode at 8pm on Thursdays

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