Emmerdale star Bill Ward thinks James Barton may be able to move on from sister-in-law Moira now he has found love with Chas Dingle.

The actor joined Emmerdale last year and James recently confessed he had always been in love with widow Moira, but she knocked him back to stay with her bad boy lover Cain Dingle.

Now James has started dating Cain’s half-sister Chas, played by Lucy Pargeter.

Bill said: “I think from James’s point of view he just wants to be happy. He has been in love with Moira before, but he’s with Chas now and he’s delighted about that.”

Bill admitted James and Moira could still get together further down the line.

He said: “He’s had a thing for Moira for a really long time. She’s rejected him for now – but we’ll see what happens in the future…”

Bill added: “I’m really enjoying Emmerdale and I’m having a really good time.

“I’m an actor and I do what’s written and I thoroughly enjoy the storylines that they’ve had for him so far and long may that continue.”

The former Coronation Street star played a narcissistic talent show judge inspired by Simon Cowell in the Spice Girls musical, Viva Forever.

Asked if he had any advice for Nigel Harman, who is playing a Cowell-type character in The X Factor musical I Can’t Sing, Bill said: “I had an awful lot of fun doing that. I wasn’t really playing Simon Cowell but he’s a fantastic actor, I’m sure he’ll be brilliant.”

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