Transgender actor Ash Palmisciano joins Emmerdale

There are emotional times ahead for Emmerdale’s Moira, played by Natalie J. Robb, that will see the Barton family once again in emotional crisis.

Thinking that the farm has been broken into, Cain (Jeff Hordley) punches and knocks out Matty Barton mistaking him for an intruder. However, when Moira appears on the scene she instantly recognises him as her daughter Hannah.

Matty will be played by Ash Palmisciano whose previous credits include Mum and transgender drama Boy Meets Girl. Ash has already commenced filming with the saga and will make his first appearance at the end of the month.  

“I’m very excited to be joining the very welcoming Emmerdale family. From nervous auditions to now working alongside the team daily has been truly amazing. Matty’s a ground breaking character to play and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for him.” – Ash Palmisciano

“The character of Matty certainly knows how to make an impact: cheeky, effervescent, quick-witted and headstrong, it’s not long before he’s charmed his way into the affections of all those who meet him. His tale of a man trying to shake off his past and find acceptance in the present is full of emotion, humour and ultimately hope as he settles back into rural village life, turning Moira’s world upside down in the process.


“We are absolutely thrilled to have Ash on board to play this role. A skilful actor of great talent, he exudes charisma and there’s an unflinching honesty to his performance that adds real depth to this complex character.” – Kate Brooks, Producer

Moira’s second youngest previously appeared in the ITV soap between 2009-2012, played by Grace Cassidy.

As Hannah storylines included being bullied, failed romances with Isaac Newton and Alex Moss and coping with her sister Holly’s drug addiction and father’s death in a fatal road accident.

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

The Barton family back in 2009, with Hannah top right
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