January 28, 2023

Joe-Warren Plant plays Jacob Gallagher Emmerdaleand is known as a wonderfully well-adjusted character, despite the many trials and tribulations we can expect for the inhabitants of the village.

Now, however, his character is all grown up and taking on new responsibilities, and Joe-Warren is ready to bolster Jacob’s storylines.

The actor has spoken Inside soap about his dedication to the show and what he sees for Jacob’s future.

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Speaking of his dedication to the village, he explained: “Only after about three or four years of work Emmerdale that I realized how lucky I was. When you’re that young you don’t understand the caliber of the show.

“But I had about six months off when I wasn’t sure if I was going to go back, and everything started to sink in. I realized how big Emmerdale was and how many people are watching it, and I was like, ‘Wow, I have to hold this and take it seriously!'”

And it turns out there’s a practical reason why Jacob doesn’t have as much screen time, as the character is currently pursuing a degree in hopes of becoming a doctor.

He joked: “Jacob has been pretty quiet – but you wouldn’t want scenes of him reviewed would you? I hope it picks up soon because I miss work when I’m not around. Honestly. I have a goal for the day to get up. I’m happier when I’m at work.”

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Joe-Warren’s eagerness for Jacob to see more action couldn’t have come at a better time, with his parents separating and going through personal issues. The actor predicts that this will put Jacob at the center of attention.

“He’s definitely going to play a part in those relationships, not to give anything away! He’s always there for David and Leyla, and he’ll try to give them good advice,” he said.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7:30pm on ITV1 and is streamed on ITVX.

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