Emmerdale has announced that actors Simon Lennon, Paige Sandhu and Lawrence Robb have joined the ITV soap, with their characters set to shake up the village.

Our Girl star Lennon has been cast as Ben, a former classmate of Aaron's, played by Danny Miller. It is reported that Aaron will feel guilty about how he treated Ben and will try to make amends. 

"Ben and Aaron Dingle have a lot of history and it will all come to the forefront when they're reunited after a long time apart," said Lennon.

Co-star Sandhu will play Meena, the sister of Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker), who arrives in the village after a falling out between the siblings. The Press Association reports that Meena will catch Billy's (Jay Kontzle) eye.  

Fans are also set to see Robb's debut as Mackenzie, brother of Moira (Natalie J Robb). A "dark past" has been teased.

Emmerdale will be back to six episodes a week from September 14, with "guilt, betrayal and resentment" the big storylines for the Autumn. 

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