Ellis Chapman (formerly played by Asan N’Jie) departed the village earlier this month after deciding to join his mother, Jessie Dingle (Sandra Marvin), in Dubai. However the character is set to return to Emmerdale after being recast after Asan was sacked from the ITV soap. But since Aaron Anthony was unveiled as Asan’s replacement, many fans have commented on how different the pair look.
Earlier this year Asan was axed from Emmerdale following an altercation with another soap star at the TV Choice Awards.
Ellis will be reintroduced just as tensions reach boiling point between the teenager’s father Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) and his brother, Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle).
However fans couldn’t help but point out the stark differences in appearance between the two Ellis’.
One wrote: “The new Ellis looks older than the previous Ellis. But then again everyone deserves a job! #Emmerdale.”
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Another said: “The new actor for Ellis looks like he is a lot older he could be playing Ellis’s dad and why is he so important he had to are replaced??? #Emmerdale.”
“Sorry I’m dying at the recast of Ellis very bad least #Emmerdale,” a third added.
“He looks about 10 years older than Ellis last time we saw him? Did he go in a time machine in Dubai? If you’re going to recast someone, at least have them look a similar age to the original actor,” another tweeted.
“Is this real? He looks about 30 and I can’t see him and Belle together,” one commented.
“Not sure about this casting. This actor has no resemblance to who you presented to the viewers, originally. Looking forward to seeing him onscreen as an Ellis is needed in my view. #Emmerdale @emmerdale,” another remarked.
Aaron will make his first appearance in the village in December as Ellis makes an unexpected return to the Dales.
Viewers will remember it was announced Ellis would be getting a job as a PE assistant at a school in Dubai.
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Speaking of joining the cast, the newcomer said: “Emmerdale is a cracking show with a brilliant cast that I’m over the moon to now be a part of.
“I know Ellis is a well loved character and I’m looking forward to continuing his journey and all that’s in store for him.”
The decision to terminate former star Asan’s contract came after video footage showed him shouting at Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas, at the TV Choice Awards in September.
Explaining their decision, an official statement from the soap read: “Emmerdale suspended Asan N’Jie yesterday pending further investigation into an incident at a central London hotel on Monday night.”
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The statement continued: “ITV executives have met with him this morning and as a consequence Asan’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.”
In his own statement, Asan said: “My behaviour at the TV Choice Awards was completely unacceptable and very much out of character.
“I sincerely apologise to everybody who has been affected especially Jamie Lomas, the whole Emmerdale team, our audience, ITV, my family, and the organisers of the TV Choice Awards.”
“I am devastated, accept full responsibility for my actions and I am determined to learn from this,” he added.
Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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