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Ex-Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher reveals pranks he would play on co-stars that would 'ruin' shoots

Former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher left the ITV soap over seven years ago but as he reflects on his time as Andy Sugden, the actor has admitted he was something of a prankster on set.

Kelvin joined the soap, at just 12 years old, in July 1996 as Andy Hopwood and stayed until his departure from the Dales in 2016 and has since gone on to become the most recognisable faces on TV.

And while he has gone on to do many things from winning Strictly Come Dancing, to restoring a working farm and welcoming four children to name a few, his time on the Yorkshire-based soap still holds firm memories in his head, the Daily Star reports.

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The 39-year-old confessed: “Woolpack scenes in particular were a great opportunity to have a laugh. Lots of our jokes revolved around breaking wind – it was always entertaining to force a loud trump when going for a serious take."

He added: “Some jokes took a bit of preparation. Once I made sure I got to the canteen for tea break before everyone else and put holes in the bottoms of all the polystyrene coffee cups with a tea stirrer.

“Just tiny holes. Not so big that they would mean anyone filling a cup with hot liquid got a scalding, just big enough that everyone who got one of the pierced cups ended up wondering where the annoying drip was coming from"

In his new book, Fletchers on the Farm, Kelvin admitted that there were times when the shoe was on the other foot too. He explained: “There was always a sense of camaraderie and humour on set and practical jokes were common. That suited me. I was always a joker.

“I enjoyed being the butt of jokes too. If you give it, you’ve got to be able to take it.” The soap star recalled fond memories of fooling around with his on-screen dad, late actor Clive Hornby, who starred as Jack Sugden for 28 years until his death in 2008.

Kelvin said: “Clive was a devil with the practical jokes. When I had to do scenes with him and he was off camera, he’d keep pulling faces until I started corpsing, knowing I’d laugh my head off and be the one who got into trouble.”

As ever, we'll continue to bring you the big Emmerdale news about what is happening in the village. You can visit our Emmerdale homepage to find the latest gossip about the soap and its stars.

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