Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
Actor Bill Ward will play James Barton in Emmerdale. (© PA)
Ward caused chaos on the cobbles for just over three years, as the builder who terrorised his girlfriend and Rovers landlady Shelley before an affair with Tracy Barlow turned murderous.
She bumped Charlie off in 2007.
But now Ward, who has had an extensive career in the West End, will be taking on a new role in the Yorkshire Dales.
"I'm really looking forward to it. The Emmerdale team are a very talented bunch indeed and I'm extremely chuffed to have been asked to join them," he said.
He will play James Barton, brother-in-law to Moira, who is also a farmer and a single dad to three grown-up sons.
Due to start filming in September, Ward will be on screens from late October.
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