Kevin Mathurin thinks Emmerdale co-star Emile John could be real life relative
- Bang Showbiz
- 18 January 2021
'Emmerdale' star Kevin Mathurin believes his on-screen Emile John may well be related to him in real life, as the pair both have family from the same village in St Lucia
'Emmerdale' newcomer Kevin Mathurin was surprised to discover his on-screen son Emile John could be a relative in real life.
The pair, who joined the cast of the ITV soap late last year, both have family from the same village in St Lucia, Soufriere, and Kevin's mum believes Emile (Ethan) "looks like" he could be related to her son.
Kevin – who plays Dales vicar Charles – said: "My parents are from St Lucia. Emile’s family on his father’s side are Mathurins as well and also from St Lucia and ... they are from the same village, Soufriere.
"We are trying to get names of relatives we both might know and see if there is a connection. But my mum has seen pictures of Emile and she thinks he looks like a relative!"The star's mother was particularly delighted to hear he had landed a role in 'Emmerdale', but he didn't tell her at first and then let her know by informing her he was moving to Leeds to work as a vicar.
He said: "I told her, 'By the way, I am moving to Leeds.' She looked perplexed and so I then told her I was getting a job as a vicar.
"She didn’t know how to take it. I then told her, 'In a village – called Emmerdale.' And then it clicked."
Away from the small screen, Kevin lost his uncle to coronavirus last year and he and his partner Nikki both battled Covid-19.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he explained: "I also got ill from it too at the start in March, as did my partner.
"There was one time where I thought I might need to go to hospital with a shortness of breath but I thankfully didn’t in the end and we both took it in turns to look after each other.
"Luckily we got past it and we are getting on with our lives now but my partner still feels tired from time to time."
Kevin recently admitted he was delighted to have joined the soap, and praised the cast and crew for being "so welcoming".
He said: "I am over the moon to be joining the cast of 'Emmerdale'.
"The show has always been a family favourite and my mum is a huge fan.
"The cast and crew have all been so welcoming and I am really looking forward to Charles’ storylines in the village."