“My Twitter timeline went absolutely crazy recently because Ross kissed Carly (Gemma Atkinson) and everyone was like, ‘Ooh, Carly and Ross!’ I thought, ‘You fickle bunch!” says Michael. “It was only weeks ago that you were begging for Ross and Donna’.
“People were actually rooting for Ross and Donna to have a spin-off show and I was like, ‘Er, she died!’.”
Michael adds that he loves playing bad boy Ross Barton because it gives him a chance to live the character’s chaotic life.
Ross has been involved in plenty of dodgy behaviour since he arrived in the village – from getting involved in criminal deals to chasing his brother Pete’s fiancee Debbie Dingle.
Talking to Inside Soap he says: “My favourite things about Ross are getting to be rude to people, saying cheeky things, chasing the girls and driving all the nice cars.
Michael Parr plays Ross Barton in Emmerdale (ITV)
“Ross has always been a bit of a loose cannon, but since Donna died he thinks he’s got nothing left to lose. Now, he’s just wild and reckless, and that’s great for me to play.”