VIEWERS were stunned when Mandy Dingle’s mystery stalker this week turned out to be no other than her ex and Vinny's father Paul.
But why did Paul – who is played by former Corrie actor Reece Dinsdale – run away when Vinny was a baby and would Mandy ever forgive him? Here’s everything you need to know about Paul’s past…
What do we know about Paul’s mysterious past in Emmerdale?
Emmerdale are yet to confirm exactly why Paul ran away from Mandy and Vinny when he was a baby.
But Mandy didn’t seem too impressed when he rocked up in the village this week and told her he’d changed.
He said: “I told myself I’d only come and see you if I got myself sorted.”
But Mandy was having none of it and implied he didn’t deserve to have a relationship with Vinny after abandoning him.
She also reprimanded him for failing to send any money to help look after Vinny over the years, and joked that he owed her about fifty grand.
Fans were left fearing for Mandy’s life after the scene with the shifty newcomer.
But actor Reece has spoken out to reassure viewers that there was no sinister reason for his character's disappearance and that Paul only has good intentions.
Speaking to Radio Times, Reece said: “He knows where Mandy’s family lived so he’s tracked her down, wanting to see Vinny again and to make amends for leaving. His intention is to be a good dad and make up for lost time.”
He added: “There is a reason why he abandoned him but we won’t know it straight away. You’ll have to wait a bit to find out!”
Are Mandy and Paul going to get back together in Emmerdale?
Actor Reece has hinted that there might be romance on the cards for Paul and Mandy.
Speaking to Radio Times, Reece added: “Paul is full of admiration for how Mandy’s brought up his son but my hunch would be he might have also come back for her.
“Whatever his reason for going away, it was nothing to do with Mandy, so I think he’s hoping she might take him back – but his primary reason is definitely Vinny.”
But given Mandy’s horror when she first clapped her eyes on Paul, he’s got a lot of making up to do if he wants his former flame back in his arms.
Is Vinny going to discover Paul is his dad in Emmerdale?
Spoilers have revealed that Paul is going to get a job working with Vinny at the scrapyard without telling him that he’s his father.
Paul’s move will come as Mandy reveals more about his past to Lydia.
But will Paul reveal his real identity to his son or might Mandy drop the bombshell when she realises what he’s up to?
With exact plot details being kept under wraps, fans will have to tune in to find out whether Vinny discovers that Paul is his dad.
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