Emmerdale viewers quickly recognized who the actor was playing prison officer Meena Jutla on ITV on Monday
Emmerdale viewers were stunned when they identified the actor playing warden Meena Jutla on the latest episode of the ITV soap.
The newcomer is seen talking to Meena in her cell, having apparently replaced another officer.
Meena flirts with Beeker, when he’s on the credits, making him uncomfortable.
He soon reveals that she has a guest, with Meena’s lawyer, played by actress Amy Robbins, shortly afterwards entering the cell to discuss her impending trial.
Beeker is seen walking down the hallway as the lawyer and Meena talk, and he is set to appear in more scenes following the vandals.
But initially fans were baffled when they recognized the actor playing the role, but they couldn’t place him.
Many viewers were then stunned when they realized where they had seen the actor before, while others thanked them for breaking the case.
Beeker is played by actor Dean Smith, who may be known for his role on the BBC series Waterloo Road, where he played Phillip Ryan from 2009 to 2010, and then again in 2011.
Dean has also been on a number of other major shows, including Doctors, Snatch, Hollyoaks soap, and Coronation Street.
He has recently appeared in Last Tango in Halifax and Still Open All Hours.
Viewers hit Twitter when they realized exactly where they’d seen the character before, with many stunned.
One fan wrote: “Omg that security guard is Phillip at waterloo road.”
Another fan said: “#Emmerdale I’m a bit late on this, but that warden who spoke to Meena is the same guy who played Phillip Ryan in Waterloo Road?”
The third added: “Phillip Ryan from waterloo eh,” as the fourth viewer tweeted: “OMG Phil from Waterloo Road in #Emmerdale.”
Another fan was grateful that a viewer broke the case, replying: “Oh, thanks!! I know I know him from somewhere – even asked the question here – for sure Phillip Ryan is a prison office haha.”
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Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7:30pm on ITV, with an hour-long episode on Thursdays.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/emmerdale-fans-disbelief-recognise-actor-26635048 Emmerdale fans couldn't believe it when they recognized the actor playing Meena's warden