Emmerdale fans spot new Johnny actor as Vanessa’s son is recast

Emmerdale fans spot new Johnny actor as Vanessa’s son is recast

Eagle-eyed Emmerdale fans were quick to notice a brand new face on the ITV soap, as it emerged Vanessa Woodfield’s (Michelle Hardwick) son Johnny has been recast.

In last night’s episode (Tuesday 4 January), Johnny arrived back in the village to be reunited with his mum, but viewers soon realised it wasn’t the actor they had previously watched.

Johnny, who had been played by Luca Hepworth since November 2015, is now being portrated by a young actor called Jack Jennings.

Giving him a warm welcome to the ITV soap, on-screen mum Michelle Hardwick, who recently returned to the Dales following her own maternity leave, introduced the little actor on her social media account.

Posting a photo of them in one of their first scenes together, Michelle, 45, wrote: ‘A huge welcome to Jack who now plays Johnny Woodfield in @emmerdale He’s a little star and a pleasure to work with.’

And fans were equally thrilled to see the newcomer making his debut, as they flocked to Twitter to comment on the show’s newest star.

One soap fan said: “Little (new) Johnny is back with his mummy Ness….. They are so adorable #Emmerdale ”

A second added: “Did they recast Johnny? #emmerdale”

Meanwhile, a third asked: “Do we not get a proper introduction of new Johnny? #Emmerdale.’

Others said it was great to see Vanessa reunited with her son and that they were excited to see what the future held for the pair now Vanessa's decided to stay put in the village.

One Emmerdale viewer wrote: “Wonderful to see vanessa and johnny back in the village where they belong!”

Another went on to say: “Intrigued to see what Vanessa does that we might not like… Johnny & Charity related maybe, especially if #Vanity’s fight over him is still brewing after this week?”

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This comes after actress Michelle opened up about returning to the set of Emmerdale eighteen months after she left to welcome her son Teddy.

The actress explained: “When I first walked back on to set, it was as though I’d only had two weeks off!”

“Everything was exactly the same, and I was dead excited to be back. Though I was very nervous, I must admit.”

Michelle, who is married to Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks, continued: “You think, ‘Can I still do it? Can I still learn my lines with a one year old?’ But so far, so good!”

However, of course, the star had no reason to be worried about stepping back into Vanessa’s shoes, as she immediately came back to her when she put her costume on.

Michelle explained: “She’s been with me for nine years now, so I really missed her.”

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