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It's all about EMMERDALE Mon, Tue, Fri ITV Sh Emm first cha Matty, playe Pa Moira' Hanna now living Ash is a w previo i ay hello to Emmerdale's transgender character, played by rising star Ash Palmisciano. He's Moira's eldest child Hannah, who is as a man. transgender actor who has previously had roles in Boy Meets Girl and Mum.'I'm excited to join the very welcoming Emmerdale family,' he says. 'Matty is a groundbreaking character to play and I can't wait to see what's ahead for him.' The character was previously played by Grace Cassidy for three years until 2012. She was bullied at school, and after her father John Barton's death in February 2012 left the countryside to live in London with sister Holly.

SOAP POWER Characters who did more than just entertain us | In 2013 Kirsty and Tyrone's domestic violence in Coronation Street tackled the then taboo subject of a woman who abused a man.

| Emmerdale's Val Pollard's HIV diagnosis after a fling in 2015 helped change stereotypes surrounding the illness.

| When Stacey Branning suffered from bipolar disorder it was credited by Bipolar UK with doubling the number of 18-24 year olds who sought support via their helpline over a sixmonth period.


Grace Cassidy as Hannah Barton

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2018
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