Emmerdale’s Rhona Goskirk is getting back into the dating game with a hot new man and the big news is that it's younger man Pete!

Emmerdale vet Rhona Goskirk still holds a candle for ex hubby Paddy Kirk. What she wasn’t expecting was a passionate encounter with a surprise new man! Actress Zoe Henry has talked to Soaplife about Rhona’s latest romantic entanglement.

What’s the story?

Rhona Goskirk certainly knows how to move on. In a bid to put her annus horribilis behind her, she goes on a date with Pete Barton and it’s not long before they kiss passionately and fall into bed. “This whole thing comes from nowhere,” Zoe Henry has revealed.

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Soaplife’s interview with Zoe Henry

Soaplife: How does she get to go on a date with Pete?

Zoe Henry: “Rhona bid on Pete at the village fundraiser after Chas bids on Paddy before she can. Pete says he’ll take her out for a drink, but doesn’t show up. Rhona then runs into him by accident and asks him to go out for a drink.”

S: What happens next?

ZH: “Well they go out and have a snog and one thing leads to another. She can’t quite believe this is happening to her. There is a cute little chemistry between them.”

S: Does she have feelings for Pete?

ZH: “He has never entered her head before. He is 10 years younger and a bit of a car crash when it comes to romance. She sees it as a bit of fun. She is not reading anything into it and expects him to say ‘Let’s not get carried away.’ She is a mother and she is just getting over a terrible rape ordeal. She is just having a little bit of fun and finding her feet.”

S: What advice would you give Rhona?

ZH: “I’d say ‘You go for it, girl!’ I think that a little bit of what you fancy does you good. Her priority will always be her son and then her job. She is a typical middle-aged, professional mother who always puts herself last.”

Emmerdale, ITV