The show is venturing over the Irish sea for a storyline concerning Paddy Kirk, played by Dominic Brunt.

Dominic Brunt as Paddy Kirk in Emmerdale.

“We are absolutely delighted to have an actor of Joshua’s calibre join our show. An actor of immense talent and charisma, he’s a brilliant addition to the Emmerdale team. It proves quite the adventure when Paddy and Marlon track Bear down in Belfast as Paddy’s life is turned upside down by boisterous Bear. However, Bear isn’t the only familiar face our villagers find in Belfast.” – Emmerdale Producer Kate Brooks

When Mandy Dingle returned to Emmerdale she delivered bombshell news which left Chas and Marlon reeling and with a huge moral dilemma. After much soul searching they risked devastating Paddy by revealing his real father could be a wrestler called Bear Wolf.

Bear Wolf is a professional wrestler who, despite his age, is still doing his best to pursue a wrestling career. The role will be played by Joshua Richards whose previous work includes many appearances for the RSC and feature films including Panic Button and Troy.

Joshua Richards is to appear in Emmerdale as ‘Bear Wolf’.

In light of this news, Chas and Marlon will convince Paddy to attend a wrestling convention in order to confront Bear Wolf and find out if he really is Paddy’s Dad. Paddy’s quest to find out the truth will see some of the cast of Emmerdale leave the Dales for special scenes to be filmed in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks. Viewers will see Bear Wolf on their screens from mid-February.

When Emmerdale previously recorded scenes in the North East concerning Val Pollard and sister Diane Sugden, viewers from the area complained that the series showed the region as being ‘dirty’ and ‘not pleasant’. This was a criticism thrown at EastEnders when they recorded scenes in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, with scenes ‘playing up’ to an ‘Irish stereotype’ noted from the BBC soap. Hopefully, Emmerdale won’t fall into the same trap…

“I am delighted to be joining the cast of Emmerdale. Having been based in Yorkshire for most of my life, it’s fantastic to now be filming there too. Bear Wolf is a great character and I am looking forward to seeing what’s in store for him.” – Joshua Richards

Emmerdale airs weeknight at 7pm on ITV, STV and UTV. An additional episode airs at 8pm on Thursdays.

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