Emmerdale star Chris Bisson to be a dad in real life too! And replica Woolpack being built for live show

There’s lovely news from the Emmerdale camp today in that Chris Bisson has revealed that he’s going to be a daddy in real life as well as on-screen!

Chris of course plays the role of factory boss Jai Sharma, who has recently learned that Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten) is pregnant with his baby after the couple shared a drunken night of passion.

However, of his real life baby news, Chris and his partner Rowena Finn made the announcement yesterday.

Proud soon-to-be dad Chris told Inside Soap magazine, “It’s more fun in real life than it is on screen.”

“Jai’s got all these problems that I don’t have, thank goodness!

“It’s very, very exciting, and also interesting as the two pregnancies are happening at exactly the same time…”

Aww congrats to you both!

Other news from the dales today is that the show’s bosses have ordered that a replica of the soap’s famous pub The Woolpack be built in order to air scenes from the pub during the show’s live episodes, which will air in October.

The soap’s producer Stuart Blackburn told TV Times, “The Woolpack building in the village is actually a shell and we shoot the interior scenes in our studio in Leeds.

“Obviously, we can’t have the 40th birthday without the cast going into the pub, so we’re building the inside of The Woolpack in the real building!”

As to what storylines will make up the dramatic 40th anniversary episodes, Blackburn teased, “There will be two very, very different weddings and there are two babies being born, though again the circumstances behind the two births are entirely different.

“Hopefully, we’ll have some of the funniest, most life-affirming and heart-warming scenes cut against the dark, destructive souls of some of our lead characters.”

Emmerdale begins its 40th anniversary celebrations on October 16.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.