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Who plays Matty Barton in Emmerdale? Does Ash Palmisciano have a girlfriend?

Matty Barton has been a part of Emmerdale since 2009.

He finally reunited with girlfriend Amy Wyatt on the ITV soap opera in January 2021, but how does it fare in real life?

He’s the soap opera’s first transgender character, but who plays Matty Barton? Was he in something else? And does he have a girlfriend?

Emmerdale Matty is upset
Matty is having a tough time right now (Source: ITV)

Who is Matty in Emmerdale?

Matty was born into a female body. When he was born his name was Hannah.

Hannah moved to the village in 2009 with her parents, brother Adam and sister Holly.

In 2012, Hannah moved to London for a fresh start in London.

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Matty was born into a woman’s body (Credit: ITV/Shutterstock)

Between 2012 and 2018, Hannah realized they were transgender and began his transformation.

In June 2018, Matty snuck into Butler’s farm to get his birth certificate. But he was caught by Cain Dingle, who mistook him for an intruder.

However, when Moira walked in, she recognized her child immediately. At first, Moira struggled to accept Matty, but eventually she accepted him.

In April 2019, viewers saw Matty having his top surgery. This surgery is designed to reshape the breast and remove breast tissue.

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Matty had top surgery in 2019 (Source: ITV/Shutterstock)

What’s going on with Matty right now?

Matty has a rough time after finding out Suzy was implicated in his sister Holly’s death.

Holly took a drug overdose in 2016 and died.

It was later revealed that Suzy gave her the money to buy the drugs. Suzy expected she would buy cocaine, not the heroin Holly ended up getting, and also claims she had no idea Holly was addicted.

But Matty, struggling with not being there for his sister, can’t forgive Suzy.

Although Moira urges her son to let it go, Matty won’t.

Seeing an opportunity for revenge tonight, he breaks into Take A Vow.

He finds a giant duffel bag full of cocaine, unaware that Leyla is keeping it for her drug dealer.

If he steals it, he’ll put it in Suzy’s car tomorrow (Thursday, August 4) and call the police. But he has no idea that he put Leyla’s life in danger…

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Ash Palmisciano with his hands in his pockets on the red carpet at ITV Palozza
Ash is passionate about using his platform to help others (Credit: John Rainford/Cover Images)

Who is playing Matty?

Between 2009 and 2012, Matty, then known as Hannah, was played by Grace Cassidy.

Now Matty is played by actor Ash Palmisciano, who is a transgender man.

Last year, the actor did a Ted Talk about finding his truth. In the talk, he explained how he was born in a girl’s body and how he knew he was a boy from an early age.

However, the actor didn’t switch until he was older.

In 2018, Ash appeared in Lorraine and revealed how he landed the role of Matty.

He said: “It’s crazy. There is an amazing charity called All About Trans. They work with positive media portrayals of trans people.

“They said to me, ‘We’re doing an interaction with Emmerdale, they’re thinking about doing this storyline, they’re looking for advice on positive iterations.’ They said: ‘Do you want to come with me?’ And I said, ‘Sure, naughty day.’

“I went with them, and the next thing they said, ‘Do you want to audition?’ As an actor I said ‘of course!’ And here I am.”

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Ash joined the Emmerdale cast in 2019 (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Ash’s “trouble”

Ash once admitted that he was beaten so badly for being transgender that he was left blind.

He told the Sunday Mirror in 2019 about the abuse he has faced as a transgender man and how hard he finds the constant attacks.

“Being an actor playing a trans role on television is a dream come true,” revealed Ash

“But as a human being it comes with some difficulties because now I’m open to society’s prejudices.

“I was beaten in the street until I could no longer stand or see.”

He also revealed that people address him on the street using offensive terms and insults.

But brave Ash, 29, has vowed to never give up because he helps inspire others and has received plenty of messages on social media thanking him for sharing her story.

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Ash Palmisciano and Shea Rowen smile for the red carpet photo
Ash has gone public with his girlfriend Shea (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Does Ash Palmisciano have a girlfriend?

Ash is dating Shea Rowen.

The couple went public with their romance when they were seen together in costume in 2022.

Ash was dressed as Tiger King star Joe Exotic.

The star captioned the post: “Happy New Year everyone! Thank goodness that girl was too polite to say no to a drink (even though I was dressed as Joe Exotic!) Ha, Happy New Year everyone!”

Ash added the hashtags #NYE and #mylove.

He donned a black stick on mustache, fake tattoos, a baseball cap and a garish shirt to transform himself into the former big cat keeper.

Last month, Ash shared a picture of the couple kissing while on vacation in Italy.

He wrote, “It’s been a rough few months, so grateful to have Shea, thank you for being by my side through the rough days and the good.”

Fans were quick to send their love for the picture, with many commenting, “Wonderful picture.”

Another said: “She’s a Keeper.”

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