Michael Praed will join Emmerdale
Michael Praed will join the cast of Emmerdale as Frank Clayton.
Frank is the estranged father of series regular Tracy (Amy Walsh), and arrives in the village after David (Matthew Wolfenden) visits him in prison. David is eager for Frank to forge a relationship with Tracy, but does not tell her of his approach, which is sure to cause fireworks in Emmerdale.
Praed is best known for his television roles as Robin Hood in Robin of Sherwood, Prince Michael in Dynasty and Jake Lovell in mini-series Riders. He has also starred extensively on London’s West End and New York’s Broadway, starring in productions such as Pirates of Penzance, The Three Musketeers, Carousel and Aspects of Love.
Praed said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Emmerdale to play the role of Frank. From what I understand his life is fairly complicated and I’m looking forward to getting to know him and portraying this complex man.”
Emmerdale series producer Iain MacLeod said: “The character of Frank is really fascinating: flawed, funny, flirtatious – even fatherly, when it suits him! His tale is a story of a man trying to find redemption in the face of huge temptation, with a massive twist or two thrown in for good measure. I am thrilled that Michael is on board in the role. He is an actor of real skill and understatement and a brilliant addition to the cast.”