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Emmerdale's first transgender star opens up on heartbreaking loss and love that gave him strength

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Emmerdale actor Ash Palmisciano, who plays the soap's first transgender character, has spoken about the heartbreak of losing his mum.

This week, Ash's character Matty Barton is plunged into family turmoil when he discovers he has been betrayed by his mum Moira and girlfriend Amy, who lied to him that Cain shot dead former Woolpack co-owner Al Chapman when it was actually Kyle, writes The Mirror.However, the soap family drama couldn't be further from Ash’s real life as he says he feels incredibly lucky dad Adrian and mum Michelle showered him and younger sister Sophie with love.This makes the loss of his beloved mum in May to complications from long-term rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 60 even more devastating.

The 32-year-old said: “Mum was a true inspiration to us all. Not only was she an amazing mum to my sister Sophie and I, she was also such a fantastic wife and nanna too.“Poor Matty has had a rough time in Emmerdale, but there has always been so much love in my family home and Mum was the most important person in my life.

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