Emmerdale's viewers praise transgender character Matty Barton

Emmerdale introduced its first ever regular transgender cast member tonight (June 25) as Ash Palmisciano made his first appearance, playing the character Matty Barton.

We are introduced to Matty as he mysteriously sneaks around Butlers Farm before getting knocked out cold by Cain, who discovers that he was trying to steal Hannah’s birth certificate.

Moira returns and recognises him as her child, although she had no prior idea that Hannah had transitioned to Matty. Even when they met up last year (off-screen), he passed as Hannah so as not to shock her following Holly’s funeral.

In the years he’s been away, Matty has been living in Manchester and, much to Moira’s disappointment, only came back to the village for his birth certificate and not to see her.

While Moira might be experiencing mixed emotions, viewers have already taken a liking to Matty (and Ash):

Although the reunion isn’t a happy one, Ash told Digital Spy that he hopes Matty and Moira can rebuild their relationship.

Emmerdale airs on ITV. See the soap’s full World Cup schedule changes here.

Digital Spy Soap Scoop video – hit play below for all the latest Emmerdale spoilers, as Cain Dingle gets attacked and Matty Barton returns to the village.

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