Emmerdale star Ben Richards to make explosive entrance as new villain Gavin

Ben Richards will reportedly be playing newcomer Gavin in upcoming Emmerdale scenes where his character will "ruffle a few feathers" in the village.

It was announced last month that Footballers' Wives star Ben, 49, would be joining the hit ITV soap with details about his character yet to be revealed at the time.

And now, according to new reports, Ben will be playing the role of villain Gavin, who is connected to Al Chapman, and he will make an "explosive" entrance.

A source told The Sun : "Ben’s a great signing for the soap and Gavin is going to ruffle a few feathers.

"He’s connected to Al and his scheme for the Woolpack and it’s going to be explosive."

OK! has contacted ITV for comment.

Only recently, Al invested into The Woolpack pub after Chas, Paddy and Marlon Dingle faced financial difficulties following a string of business disasters.

However, it wasn't long until Al was making cryptic phone calls to a mystery business partner and in recent scenes he was seen looking at plans on his laptop that said "The Woolpack Luxury Apartments".

Exact details about Ben's character are yet to be confirmed by Emmerdale but the actor recently took to Instagram to share updates of himself on the ITV set.

Posting a selfie underneath The Woolpack pub sign, he penned: "An absolute joy rocking up to this stunning location. Thoroughly enjoying my time on this cracking set full of lovely people @emmerdale @itv #iconic #acting."

To which Emmerdale star Lisa Riley, who plays Mandy Dingle, replied with: "So happy," followed by heart emojis.

It comes after eagle-eyed fans had predicted that Ben's character could have been linked to the identity of Chloe Harris' father after they spotted a cryptic text in recent scenes.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Chloe's (Jessie Elland) mother had tragically passed away while her father is a dangerous man, who is currently in prison, and monitors her every move at home on CCTV.

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Viewers have been desperate to crack the identity of Chloe's father and some eagle-eyed fans thought they have worked it out after they spotted a mysterious text in recent scenes.

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