Emmerdale star Robert Beck's chance meeting with Corrie wife Jane Danson

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Robert Beck will be returning to Emmerdale tonight in a new role after years away from the ITV soap, but he credits it for helping him meet his wife, Coronation Street star Jane Danson (Image: @robertbeck529/Instagram)
Robert Beck will be returning to Emmerdale tonight in a new role after years away from the ITV soap, but he credits it for helping him meet his wife, Coronation Street star Jane Danson (Image: @robertbeck529/Instagram)

Emmerdale star Robert Beck will be returning to the ITV soap tonight in a new role.

Robert will play new character Harry on the ITV soap this time around, but he has a long history with the programme. He had previous played Gavin Ferris, who was Bernice Blackstock's partner, and he appeared in 78 episodes across 1999.

Now he is back as a brand new character, who will no doubt cause havoc for the residents, thanks to his connection with Nate's school pal Corey, only for Corey to drag him into some difficult and dodgy dealings with villain Harry.

But what some viewers may not know is that he has starred in Coronation Street and is married to one of it's biggest stars, Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby. The pair first met at the British Soap Awards in 1999 and have two children together.

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She shared: "Rob’s absolutely my best friend in the world. We’ve only had about two rows in 20 years. I’m not saying we don’t get on each other’s nerves sometimes, but we’re a strong team and we’ve always allowed each other to be individuals."

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Revealing she had a crush on him when she was a kid, she admitted she first saw him in Brookside and was taken by him: "I had a sticker of him on my pencil case. I thought he was gorgeous, even though he was 10 years older than me."

Robert will return to Emmerdale tonight as part of a huge and dark storyline.

Emmerdale star Robert Beck's chance meeting with Corrie wife Jane DansonHe previously played Gavin Ferris in the ITV soap (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Speaking about his return, he said recently: "I am thrilled to be working on Emmerdale again, it’s a great show that I have followed for years, with a fabulous cast. It has always had a special place in my heart. I had a fantastic time working on the show playing Gavin Ferris, 24 years ago. The cast and crew were so welcoming and of course, I met my wife because of that job so I have much to thank Emmerdale for! I’m looking forward to getting involved and to working with such a great bunch again."

Teasing what's to come on the ITV soap, producer Laura Shaw teased of Harry's upcoming storyline: "We are thrilled to have Robert joining the Emmerdale family to play Harry. Dangerous and unpredictable, Harry will bring drama and peril to some of our most loved villagers, with some twists and turns along the way that our viewers really won't be expecting!"

Jasmine Allday

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