EMMERDALE fans were left open-mouthed after recognising prison officer star Dean Smith from Waterloo Road during Monday night’s episode.
The latest instalment of the Yorkshire-based soap saw Meena Jutla – who is awaiting her murder trial – flirting with the new prison guard.
Commenting, elle a jailli: “Oh! That’s more like it. You’re a vast improvement on Officer Redwood. I’m a sucker for a pretty boy!”
The new prison officer was left both flattered and confused as he warned: “You’re not allowed to talk to me like that!”
With Meena smirking as she performed a series of stretches as she replied: “Pardon!”
Viewers were soon left distracted by the scenes as they instantly recognised Dean Smith – and they quickly took to Twitter to share their excitement.
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Alongside an emoji of a shocked face, one person penned: “I’m a bit late with this, but was that prison guard who spoke to Meena the same guy who played Phillip Ryan in Waterloo Road?”
Responding to their question, someone replied: “You’re on the money. That’s Phillip Ryan from Waterloo Road.”
A third shocked viewer exclaimed: Oh my! That security guard was Phillip in Waterloo Road.”
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He more recently appeared in Last Tango in Halifax and Still Open All Hours.
In upcoming scenes, Meena is determined to walk free from her crimes and put on a show in court amid her murder trial.
While her sister Manpreet Sharma decides to make a huge U-turn and face her fears as she vows to testify against her sibling in court after accepting lawyer Ethan Anderson’s help.