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Emmerdale's Nicky star Lewis Cope's life off air - from actor girlfriend to high-end lifestyle

Emmerdale newcomer Nicky has had viewers baffled by his agenda since he arrived in the village back in December.

The newbie has shown a keen interest in fan favourite Gabby Thomas, but viewers are convinced there is something more than meets the eye with the mysterious character, with some even suggesting he could have a secret identity.

Nicky seemed to appear out of nowhere and as far as we are aware he doesn't have a surname, which has led fans to believe there is more to his arrival than we currently know, The Mirror reports.

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The character revealed that his mother died when he was a teenager and his father struggled to cope, leaving him to care for five younger siblings, which has led to questions over his true identity.

Some fans think he is working with Thomas King and his plan is to target Kim Tate to reclaim Home Farm, whilst other theories include a possible relation to Caleb Miligan or even a link to Joe and Jamie Tate.

In upcoming scenes Nicky will propose to Gabby and it is expected all will become clear as it will finally be revealed who he really is and what he's really up to.

But while viewers wait to see what unfolds, we take a look at actor Lewis’ very glamorous life offscreen.

Emmerdale's Nicky is played by actor Lewis Cope, he hails from Hartlepool and is thought to be around 26 years old. Viewers may recognise Lewis from his earlier TV appearances including Doctors and ITV's Vera.

Actor Girlfriend

Lewis appears to have been in a relationship with girlfriend Rachel Lopez for around six years and the pair often post glamorous snaps on Instagram together.

She is also an actor and from Ireland, as well as being a professional Pilates instructor.

In a gushing post in December, smitten Lewis wrote next to a picture of them together: “6 years of Dublin at Christmas with you. Wouldn’t have it any other way.”

High end lifestyle

Lewis and girlfriend Rachel love a holiday and are particular fans of Greece.

The loved-up couple have posted snaps from the Greek islands of Mykonos and Naxos, showing they return year after year.

There are also snaps of Lewis and Rachel in Paris – including at Disneyland - Budapest and in London, the Lake District and the Cotswolds a bit closer to home.

The actor also posted a snap of himself on a bike at posh Soho Farmhouse in the Cotswolds on January 1. This suggests he spent New Year’s Eve there as he captioned the post: “Wishing you all an amazing 2023.”

Lewis is clearly a fan of the high life and is often pictured with a glass of Champagne in his hand. He’s also posted snaps of himself enjoying a drink at Madison’s rooftop bar in London which overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral.

Other high profile nightspots he seems to frequent are the Soho House clubs and celeb-loved restaurant Sushisamba.

And when he’s visiting girlfriend Rachel’s family in Ireland, he loves nothing more than indulging in a pint of Guinness.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1 and ITVX, with an hour-long episode on Thursdays.

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