Jake Roche, the 17-year-old son of Coleen Nolan and Shane Richie, has been signed to a regular role in Emmerdale.
Jake will play Isaac, a college student who starts dating timid teenager Hannah Barton (Grace Cassidy).
Jake said: “I am thrilled to be part of such a great team. Everyone has made me feel so welcome. After watching Emmerdale for years on TV, I still have to pinch myself on set as it’s all very surreal. My family have been very supportive as always and we all can’t wait to see my first episode.”
Isaac will be Hannah’s first real love and a welcome distraction as her family goes through hell with junkie daughter Holly. But as their relationship gets more serious and the situation with Holly spirals out of control, Hannah’s parents may not be there for her when she needs them…
Emmerdale producer Gavin Blyth added: “Jake is a great addition to the cast. Isaac will be a fun character who will offer some light relief for Hannah as her family face their darkest hour.”
Jake will arrive on screen as Isaac in August and has signed a contract with Emmerdale for the next few months.