Disgraced Emmerdale star Asan N’Jie has been recast following his TV Choice Awards showdown.
Asan’s character Ellis Chapman is set to make a dramatic return to the ITV soap, two months after the 25-year-old actor was sacked for threatening to ‘kill’ fellow soap star Jamie Lomas, 44, at the awards show.
Viewers were told Asan’s character had moved to Dubai, but the show’s bosses have now return, played by Delicious star Aaron Anthony.
Unexpected: Emmerdale character Ellis Chapman is set to be played by a new actor after Asan N’Jie’s (pictured) sacking following his brawl with Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards
Ellis will return unannounced to the village in December amid a storyline involving tensions between his brother Billy and father Al.
Aaron, who played Adam in Sky drama Delicious, and also played Nathan Westwood in Doctors, said of his new role: ‘Emmerdale is a cracking show with a brilliant cast that I’m over the moon to now be a part of.
‘I know Ellis is a well loved character and I’m looking forward to continuing his journey and all that’s in store for him.’
The news comes after Ellis’s departure was announced on the show less than a month ago when Billy revealed he had moved to Dubai to live with his mother Jessie.
New twist: Viewers were told Asan’s character had moved to Dubai, but the show’s bosses announced on Saturday he will return and be played by Delicious star Aaron Anthony (pictured)
Billy said to Al: ‘Don’t freak out but he’s got another job,’ adding: ‘I don’t think you could compete with Dubai.’
When Al asked when Ellis would be leaving, Billy said: ‘Any time now,’ as he explained Jessie was incredibly busy with her new job and needed Ellis’s help.
In the evening’s second episode, further details were confirmed.
Billy told Dawn Taylor: ‘Al has been working him into the ground, it’s making him ill.
Tough: The news comes after Ellis’s departure was announced on the show less than a month ago when Billy revealed he had moved to Dubai to live with his mother Jessie
‘So I called mum…she rang with a job. It might only be a couple of months, maybe less, but at least he’s getting away from [Al].’
Billy and Dawn had discussed when Ellis might return and fans had received heavy hints in the conversation that it wouldn’t happen.
The storyline was concocted following Asan’s dramatic encounter with Hollyoaks’s Jamie in September.
Upsetting: The storyline was concocted following Asan’s dramatic encounter with Hollyoaks’s Jamie in September
The actor was seen throwing a punch at Jamie during an explosive fight in front of shocked onlookers, shouting: ‘I’m going to f*****g kill you’.
Asan, who has been involved in a knife attack Emmerdale plot, could be heard shouting in a video obtained by the Mirror: ‘Do you think you are a f*****g big man? I’m going to f*****g kill you. I’m going to f*****g knife you,’ before attempting to take a swipe at Jamie.
After the Emmerdale actor threw the punch, I’m A Celebrity’s Malique Thompson-Dwyer ran into the room to intervene and bundle Jamie out.
Scary: The actor was seen throwing a punch at Jamie during an explosive fight in front of shocked onlookers, shouting: ‘I’m going to f*****g kill you’
According to reports, the pair had to be pulled apart by security twice at the Hilton Park Lane hotel in Mayfair, London, with Asan eventually being escorted off the premises by staff at around 11pm.
Emmerdale announced that Asan had been sacked from the soap two days after footage surfaced of the brawl.
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Emmerdale suspended Asan N’Jie yesterday pending further investigation into an incident at a central London hotel on Monday night.
Comeback: The sacking prompted Asan to take a break from social media before he posted a defiant message in which he vowed to ‘finish what I started’
‘ITV executives have met with him this morning and as a consequence Asan’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.’
The ‘devastated’ actor issued a public apology to Jamie as well as ‘the whole Emmerdale team, our audience, ITV, my family, and the organisers of the TV Choice Awards.’
The sacking prompted Asan to take a break from social media before he posted a defiant message in October in which he vowed to ‘finish what I started’.
Posting a smiling photo of himself Asan wrote: ‘All the people who’ve reached out and had my back you’ll never know how much I appreciate you.’
Back together: Later in the month he shared a snap of him and his on-screen brother Jay Kontzle, 29, who plays Billy
‘I’ve learned, I’ve grown and now I’m working harder than ever to finish what I started.
‘Keep you’re circle tight and always fall forward! The universe tends to unfold as it should.’
His post was met with hundreds of supportive comments from his 14.7k followers.
Happy: In the snap Jay, who plays Billy, and Asan posed together above a caption from Asan which read, ‘Still bruddas’
Close: Jay seemed to share his support for Asan as he retweeted the snap
Later in the month he shared a snap of him and his on-screen brother Jay Kontzle, 29.
In the snap Jay, who plays Billy, and Asan posed together above a caption from Asan which read, ‘Still bruddas.’
Jay seemed to agree as he re-posted the snap with the caption: ‘#Always.’
Sad: Asan also recently revealed that since his return to social media he’s been the subject of vile racist abuse
Asan revealed that his return to social media saw him subject to racist abuse.
One person had told him on Instagram in a since deleted comment: ‘Imagine bringing you 3rd worlders into the civilise world.
‘Hope you never get work again you disgusting subhuman’ (sic).’
Asan replied: ‘Wow. Saynotoracism. I’m bulletporrof so comments like this would never touch me.
‘But on this occasion instead of ignoring it, why not show everyone how upside down the world is? #noroomforracism.’