Who Emmerdale Al’s mystery woman could be – from Dawn Taylor to Jessie Dingle

Emmerdale has confirmed that viewers will discover the identity of Al Chapman's mystery woman on Christmas Day after weeks of speculation.

This week's Emmerdale spoilers revealed that, on Christmas Day, Al (Michael Wildman) steals himself away from his fiancée Priya (Fiona Wade) to see his other woman and sends her a text.

It has been teased that Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor Draper), Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) and Andrea Tate (Anna Nightingale) will all receive texts.

However fans have also been speculating that it could be someone completely different from the three given characters.

Viewers have wondered whether Al could be texting a secret daughter, while others have suggested it might actually be Kim Tate (Claire King).

He also had a brief almost fling with Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) which they could have continued in secret.

But who will be revealed as Al's mystery woman?

Belle Dingle

Belle Dingle has had a hell of a year, what with her sordid affair with Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln), her trying to take him down after the hit and run and the breakdown of her mental health.

She has a history of going for older men with some power, as seen by her past relationship with Dr Jermaine Bailey.

There hasn't been much speculation online about Belle being the mystery woman – but she does have history with Al, or his family at least.

She used to be in a relationship with Ellis (Aaron Anthony) but they broke up when she got close to Jamie.

Dawn Taylor

Like Belle, Dawn has had a difficult year getting custody of her son before going off the deep end again and returning to her old life as a prostitute.

She was also involved in the dark storyline involving DI Malone, in which she killed him after he tried to force her to overdose on heroin.

Dawn was meeting men from her past who paid her for sex, but could Al have been one of them?

She offered herself to Jamie, and with Al seemingly being a man of money too could she have gone to him and developed feelings?

Like Belle, there hasn't been a lot of fan speculation pointing towards Dawn being Al's mystery woman.

In fact, throwing doubt on her and Belle, one tweeted: "Not sure why they'd think anyone would even consider Belle or Dawn an option, they've had a bit more on their minds lately than having an affair with Al."

However earlier this year, a fan mused: "How long until Al sleeps with Dawn?"

She also has history with his family, as she was dating Billy Fletcher (Billy Kontzle) and then cheated on him with Ellis.

Andrea Tate

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Andrea Tate is the third character offered by Emmerdale as who may be revealed as Al's mystery woman.

Like Belle and Dawn, she is also linked to Jamie – being his estranged wife – and Home Farm.

She hasn't been very present in the soap recently, so the potential of Al meeting up with her away from the village is fairly high.

The mum-of-one is single after her relationship with Jamie crashed down in flames, and given Al's link to the Tates, the two of them getting together would certainly be a big middle finger up to Home Farm.

And some fans have their money on Andrea too.

One tweeted: "What if Al's new woman is Andrea? Maybe that would be good as somehow Priya could catch them out as her and Andrea are both friends with Leyla? What a way to find out, poor Priya again."

Chas Dingle

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Earlier this year, Chas and Al met up a few times in the village and it was clear that Chas was developing feelings for him.

She was going through a rough patch with Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) however Al turned her down when she propositioned him for a secret date.

However, things aren't always as they seem in Soap Land, so could they have carried on meeting up away from the prying eyes of the village?

Fans have wondered about it too, with one asking: "Do you reckon Al's secret woman is Chas?"

Another wrote: "I reckon Al and Chas are actually having an affair."

If it is Chas, she's in for a very busy Christmas, as Paddy is currently trying to plan a surprise wedding for the two of them.

Could the two storylines be linked?

Kim Tate

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Kim Tate is another character that has been thrown into the mix by fans, and she returned to the soap this week after being away for a while.

She returned in Thursday's episode, which was also when Al came back to the village from a trip away.

Fans have now been thinking that could be proof that the two of them are having an affair.

"Al's been sh**ging cougar Kim," one person tweeted.

Another said: "Funny Al and Kim return on the same day."

A third wrote: "So, who do we think Al's mystery woman is? Was wondering, Kim Tate?"

The duo have shared the screen a number of times as Al was working for Kim, but could their relationship have moved from professional to romantic?

Jessie Dingle

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Jessie Dingle (Sandra Marvin) moved to Dubai after she was caught cheating on her husband Marlon (Mark Charnock) with Al, her ex-husband.

The duo share son Ellis, and it's clear that they have chemistry still.

Fans have been speculating that the character could be set to return from Dubai and be revealed as Al's mystery woman.

One tweeted: "Come on… who do you all reckon Al is talking to and going to meet? My guess is Jessie… she came back from Dubai but didn't want to come to the village."

Another wondered: "Was it Jessie Al was going to meet in the hotel?"

And a third said: "I bet it's Jessie that Al's chatting with."

Secret daughter

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Moving away from the romantic side of things, some fans have been speculating that Al has actually been speaking to a secret daughter.

Given the nature of their conversations, it would be a little strange – but stranger things have happened.

Taking to Twitter, one said: "Al got a daughter we don't know about?"

Another wrote: "Reckon Al's mystery called is a daughter no one knew he had."

A third said: "I'm guessing Emmerdale are trying to make us believe Al is having an affair but I think he may have a daughter."

Of course, it could also be someone completely different from everyone mentioned above – but only time will tell.

Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays on ITV

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