Emmerdale cast: Who plays Dawn’s dad Will Taylor? Who is actor Dean Andrews?


Will Taylor (played by Dean Andrews) made his first appearance on Emmerdale this week as the character reunited with daughter Dawn (Olivia Bromley) to wreak havoc on Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton). ITV viewers have been left pondering who Harriet’s mystery stalker was for weeks now and it was revealed on Wednesday, April 17 Will and his daughter were the culprits. Here’s all you need to know about actor Andrews, the man behind Dawn’s dad on the ITV soap.

Who plays Dawn’s dad Will Taylor on Emmerdale?

Will Taylor is played by 55-year-old actor Dean Andrews on Emmerdale.

ITV soap fans will witness Dawn’s dad and Dawn herself continue to torment Harriet in upcoming episodes.

Dawn’s father holds a vendetta on Harriet for the role she played in sending him to prison when she was a police officer.

Emmerdale’s newest cast member looks like he’ll be in the village for the long haul after issuing a spine-tingling message at the end of Wednesday’s episode.

When his daughter Dawn asked what the point in their torment was, Will said: “Oh, believe me, I know exactly what I’m going to do to her.”


Emmerdale cast: Dawn and her dad

Emmerdale cast: Dawn and her dad (Image: ITV)

Will continued: “She’s going to pay for what she took from me.

“I want her to know what it’s like to have your life turned upside down.

“To have everything you loved taken away from you. I mean, don’t you hate her for that?”

Dawn told her father she agreed with him and still resented Harriet for separating the pair when she was younger.

Her father went on to deliver a terrifying plan for Harriet, telling Dawn: “She needs to feel like a prisoner in her own home.

“Shut away from the world with nothing and nobody to help her. I want her so scared, so lonely that she has no life at all.

“And I want her to know that was me who did that to her.”


Emmerdale cast: Dean Andrews

Emmerdale cast: Dean Andrews (Image: Getty)

What exactly Will has in store for Harriet will be played out as the ITV soap continues this month.

In the meantime, Emmerdale fans are keen to know where they recognise actor Andrews from.

Prior to Emmerdale, Andrews’ biggest role to date came in BBC crime series Life on Mars and its spin-off Ashes to Ashes.

Starring opposite Line of Duty star Keeley Hawes and NTA-nominee Philip Glenister, Andrews played the role of Ray Carling in both series.

The ITV soap star also had a recurring role in BAFTA-winning series Last Tango in Halifax as Robbie.

Andrews’ other notable TV acting credits include parts in Sky One’s Delicious, EastEnders, and Silent Witness.


Emmerdale cast: Will has evil plans for Harriet

Emmerdale cast: Will has evil plans for Harriet (Image: ITV)

It isn’t just the small screen the Emmerdale actor has limited his talents to, however.

Andrews landed a role opposite Game of Thrones alumni Sean Bean and Luther star Ruth Wilson in 2017 blockbuster Dark River.

He also appeared alongside Jack O’Connell and Zawe Ashton in Weekender back in 2011.

The 55-year-old’s CV also includes movie roles in Love + Hate, United, and Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter.

The Emmerdale newcomer joins a long list of other characters to join the soap in 2019 such as Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards), Hilary Benshaw (Gabrielle Glaister), and Aiesha Richards (Shila Iqbal).


Emmerdale cast: Dawn and Will reunite

Emmerdale cast: Dawn and Will reunite (Image: ITV)

Will Taylor’s storyline involving Harriet is just one of a number of tense storylines currently unfolding on Emmerdale.

As fans wait to see what Will is planning, Maya (Louisa Clein) and Jacob (Joe-Warren Plant) are trying to keep their controversial romance under wraps.

Maya and Jacob’s age gap means the latter was just 15 when they began their relationship and the pair are now tipped to be exposed in the coming weeks.

There’s also the imminent departure of soap legend Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox).

Lisa’s leaving Emmerdale after 23 years on the ITV soap with her final scenes scheduled to air later this year.

Emmerdale continues at 7pm on weeknights on ITV.


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