Who is the new detective in Emmerdale?

Corrupt Emmerdale cop DI Malone (Mark Womack) has made quite the impression since he landed on the scene, enlisted with the task of quizzing the villagers over the recent shooting of Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter).

The shady new detective is set to cause misery and bloodshed with Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and Moira Dingle (Natalie J Robb) finding themselves the unlucky victims.

So, what do we know about the new detective’s backstory so far, and where do you know actor Mark Womack from?

Who is new Emmerdale detective, DI Malone?

Despite being in the force, it’s abundantly clear that Malone is a criminal himself, and that he and Will Taylor (Dean Andrews) have history.

Viewers now know the gun Cain used to shoot Nate actually belonged to Malone and that Will kept hold of it for years.

Intent on making Will pay for his errors, Malone will start to push him back into a life of crime, although the exact nature of the pair’s relationship and the copper’s intentions are still unknown.

When Malone first came onto the scene he questioned Will about the whereabouts of the gun, threatening to harm his family if he didn’t get the answers he needed.

The gun in question ended up in Cain’s hands but was disposed of following Nate’s shooting.

Will seeks to find out where the gun is, leading to him revealing his connection to the cop – something Cain decides to act on.

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However, Cain will find himself in a vulnerable position and will discover he has met his match with Malone.

Talking about his new role on the show, actor Mark teased: ‘He’s very Machiavellian. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Even though he is a policeman, he behaves in much the same way as the criminals he is after.

‘I think he’s been crooked for a long time. It’s as if he has used his status to pursue criminal activities. Perhaps at one time, he wasn’t crooked so there has probably been something that’s happened in his past that’s changed him.’

Just what it is that changed him remains to be seen.

What has Mark Womack been in before?

Liverpudlian actor Mark, 59, has starred in TV series Liverpool 1, Silent Witness, Merseybeat and Hearts and Minds.

He is married to EastEnders star Samantha Womack with the pair tying the knot in 2009.

They have two children together- Benjamin Thomas, and Lily Rose, while Mark has another son, Michael, from his first marriage to Mary Therese McGoldrick, which ended in 1997.

Emmerdale continues tonight on ITV at 7pm

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