Emmerdale to cast a new black family

ITV’s boss of continuing drama has confirmed that Emmerdale will be introducing a black family next year – and the process of casting is already underway.

Promising that they will become central to the village, John Whiston reflected on the Black Lives Matter movement as he made the announcement.

He told Digital Spy: ‘On Emmerdale we are currently casting a brand new black family who will come in right at the heart of the village.

‘The Black Lives Matter movement rightly gave us an impetus to a great many initiatives on screen and off screen. Off screen, we’re working on our Diversity Acceleration Plan, which is part of ITV’s overall Diversity Action Plan.’

He continued: ‘For us, a key part of that is increasing the number of BAME writers and directors we employ as they are the key creative powerhouse behind the shows.


‘This is something we are making real progress on, though obviously there is more to be done.’

He also confirmed that Coronation Street will be introducing a new member of the Bailey family as well as further exploring the impact of racism.

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