Tommy Cannon will be heading to Emmerdale in a mysterious new role (Picture: ITV)

Comedy legend Tommy Cannon is officially joining the cast of Emmerdale in a mysterious new role.

The 81-year-old star, best known as being part of comedy duo Cannon and Ball, will be heading into the village as a patient of Doctor Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker).

His character, Derek, and his role in the village is still being kept under wraps at the moment, so get your thinking caps on about what hes up to.

All we know for sure is that his presence will result in dire consequences for some of our neighbourhood favourites.

Tommy will be heading onto our screens from 16 September, alongside fellow another new face, Louis Healy, who will play Danny – a character that could mean trouble for Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill).

Are the pair connected, and if so how? And what are they up to that could cause trouble around the village?

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Not too long to find out…

Emmerdale continues nightly from 7pm on ITV.

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