Emmerdale bosses have announced that Robert Sugden is returning to the soap.
The character will be back on screen next month with newcomer Ryan Hawley taking over the role from Karl Davies, who appeared as Robert between 2001 and 2005.
“I am absolutely over the moon to be joining the show. Playing such an interesting character with a complicated history in the village is so much fun, especially as my family are all big Emmerdale fans. I can’t say much about what’s going to happen but I am delighted to be a part of it.” – Hawley
A statement on the soap’s official website teases: “Robert and his adopted brother Andy have always been at loggerheads. Andy has never forgiven Robert for having an affair with his fiancée Katie, whilst Robert has never coped with feeling Andy was the most cherished son. Now [that] Andy and Katie have rekindled their love and are planning to marry will Robert’s arrival jeopardise their big day?”
“I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to the show. Robert is a complex character and when we were looking for someone to take over the role, Ryan had the perfect balance of charm and edge.
“Robert Sugden’s life has moved on in many ways… but those ingrained feelings – about his father, Andy, Katie, and the village where he grew up – are sure to find an explosive outlet.” – Series Producer, Kate Oates
Robert is the son of legendary Emmerdale character Jack Sugden (Clive Hornby) and his first wife Pat. He was notably played by Christopher Smith before Davies assumed the role in 2001.
Davies made a one off return to Emmerdale in 2009 in a storyline that saw Jack, having died off-screen, being laid to rest by his family. The storyline was a tribute to Hornby following his own passing in July 2008.
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.00pm on ITV/STV/UTV