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CRAIG Reed's murder has shaken the Dales and although viewers know who is responsible, the police have yet to figure it out.
The case has been left to DS Jason Wise and Emmerdale fans were happy to see him again for the first time after years of radio silence.
Who is DS Jason Wise in Emmerdale?
The rapist portrayed by Ben Addis was found dead on the Home Farm estate, triggering a harrowing investigation.
But as the police took charge, Lydia Dingle (played by Karen Blick) made some detective work of her own by gathering the Dingle family in The Woolpack and questioning them all on their alibis.
While many secrets were uncovered in recent scenes of the ITV soap, authorities haven't been lucky and, to make matters more urgent, they have no clue who could have killed Craig Reed.
The truth was revealed to viewers during Thursday's (November 2, 2023) instalment of the Yorkshire-based drama but these same soap fans were distracted by a surprise return.
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Many of them were delighted to see DS Jason Wise was back in the eponymous village after three years of absence.
The detective sergeant made his Emmerdale debut in 2016 as he investigated historic sex abuse allegations against Gordon Livesy after his own son Aaron Livesy aka Dingle accused him of repeatedly raping him as a child.
He made several appearances in the program throughout 2016 and had a handful of cameos between 2017 and 2019.
Jason was last seen in 2020 following DI Malone's murder and, on Thursday, he showed up at Home Farm to speak with Kim Tate (Claire King) after Craig's body had been found.
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Following his comeback, many fans took to social media to celebrate his reappearance: "DS Wise!", one of them exclaimed while another gleefully echoed: "DS Wise is back tonight on Emmerdale!"
Another soap watcher had a huge request for soap bosses: "Good to see the lovely Detective back can we make him a regular??"
But how will the actor who portrays the copper make time for a long stint in the village?
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Who plays DS Jason Wise in Emmerdale?
Jason Wise has been portrayed by successful TV, film and theatre star Neil Roberts since his first arrival in the eponymous village.
Born in Singapore, the actor has been known for his portrayal of Rex Buckland in Charmed, Gavin Arnold in Family Affairs, Richard in Life Bites and Glenn Donovan in Hollyoaks.
After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he kicked off his acting career on stage with the titular role in various productions of Hamlet.
He starred in many adverts and bagged his first role on the small screen in the 1993 TV film Crime Story: The White House Farm Murders.
As mentioned above, he has had many stints in a string of popular programs but these also include Baywatch Nights, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Bill and Holby City.
From 2011 and until 2012, Neil had a stint in Coronation Street, where he portrayed Mike Leydon, one of Frank Foster's Underworld clients.
In 2016, he made an appearance in the BBC One medical drama Doctors as Ricky Delaine and reprised the role in 2021.
Neil has also made a name for himself on the silver screen with roles in multiple productions, including Killing Me Softly, History of Chance, Vernon Walks and Sorceress, among others.
Since September, 2020, the Emmerdale actor has been married to West End star Dianne Pilkington.
Upon his return to our screens, Dianne expressed how happy she was to see her husband doing what he does best in a Tweet on X.
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"V proud of @NeillyRoberts returning as DS Wise in Emmerdale tonight to help solve #whokilledcraig #DSWise #Emmerdale", she wrote.
Emmerdale airs weeknights from 7.30pm on ITV.
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