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Original Emmerdale Lucas Taylor star's life - secret soap role to famous X Factor dad
Emmerdale has launched the career of a number of young actors throughout the years - including original Lucas Taylor star Dexter Ansell.Dexter, who has recently been seen in critically acclaimed Sky series The Midwich Cuckoos opposite Keeley Hawes, landed his big break on the ITV soap in 2019.He played Lucas Taylor, the son of Dawn Taylor – but did you know he also had another secret role in Emmerdale before this?READ NEXT: Emmerdale backstage secrets - Plastic food, real graves, tributes and spelling errorsThat's not all, as the young star has had quite the interesting life too, including following in his famous X Factor dad's footsteps.Here, Daily Star takes a closer look inside the life of original Lucas Taylor star Dexter Ansell.Although Dexter Ansell is most famous for playing Lucas Taylor in Emmerdale, the young actor had a secret role on the soap too.Between January and May 2016, he played Jimmy King's son Carl Holliday, before the role was taken over by Charlie Munro Joyce.However, he returned to Emmerdale in June 2019 as Dawn Taylor's son Lucas, where he played the role for over two years until March 2021.During this time, Covid restrictions meant that child stars were not allowed to be on set for health and safety reasons.Dawn Taylor actress Olivia Bromley said that she missed Dexter a lot on set, telling The Express: "It's sad that we've not been able to film with him."As I think it would have added an extra layer to the high stakes to have him here. He's been upstairs for a long time now!"I've been keeping in touch with Dexter – it was his birthday recently, so we had a little chat then.