The ITV soap is about to undergo a huge shake-up with several cast members lined up for exits, while a burly new gentleman is bound to ruffle up a few feathers among the residents of the Yorkshire village.
Giving the new Dingle star, who is yet to be cast let alone named, a warning about what’s in store after joining the prestigious cast of Emmerdale, Eden chuckled: “I didn’t even know about that. I’d say just be different, bring something new, be exciting and be prepared to be given some crazy storylines that are ridiculous.”
Showrunner Iain McLeod broke news of the soap’s latest arrival last month, teasing: “There’s a big story ahead, kicking off around September, rooted in the Dingle family that will require a sexy young thing to appear.
Emmerdale will be introducing a sexy new Dingle
“I can't say too much more just yet,other than we’re looking for a new, sexy, brooding male lead.”
As for Belle, she’s about to strike up an unlikely new romance with fellow “outsider” Lachlan White (played by Thomas Atkinson).
Lachlan’s had his sights set on Belle for years, but since he was released from prison, the teen has come out a reformed man – for now.
Opening up on the puppy love, Eden explained that the pair share a mutual bond over their tragic histories.
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Belle Dingle is set to strike up an unlikely romance with Lachlan White
She elaborated: “I think because Belle’s got a past as well – she’s killed her friend before – we’ve all got mistakes. I think she’s seeing that Lachlan’s got a past and she’s got a past so let’s move forward and have a clean future. I think that’s the way she sees it.
“They’re both outsiders. They’re both different and they’re both isolated from people in the village and I think they both bonded from that. I think Lachlan is such a weirdo and Belle’s like, ‘Me and you both’. They’ve both got a past.”
Though, with reports Lachlan is being lined up to be Emmerdale’s next serial killer, Eden also warned viewers to “be nervous”.