Emmerdale confirms unexpected new admirer for Billy Fletcher

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Emmerdale's Billy to get unexpected admirerITV

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Emmerdale's Billy Fletcher catches Manpreet Sharma's eye in surprising scenes next week.

Billy could get more than he'd bargained for when Manpreet signs up for his new fitness classes.

Viewers have recently seen Billy decide to become a personal trainer again, hoping to juggle this with his ongoing work as Home Farm's estate manager.

Meanwhile, Manpreet's relationship with her partner Charles Anderson is currently strained – as seen recently when she struggled to accept his spontaneous proposal of marriage in The Woolpack.

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Next week, Billy officially starts up his new business after defying disapproval from Kim Tate.

Sadly for Billy, his new venture gets off to a difficult start due to the problems that he's facing at home with his wife Dawn.

Manpreet is among Billy's first clients and she realises that she has a crush on him as they spend time together.

When Billy gives Manpreet a physical training session, he's too preoccupied by his own relationship dramas to realise that she's flirting with him.

Later in the week, Manpreet tries to turn her focus back towards Charles but she's disappointed by his apparent lack of interest.

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Billy intervenes by telling Manpreet that a dinner date could help to put the spark back in her relationship – but will it work?

The latest scenes come before an emotional new storyline that's on the way for Dawn and Billy.

Show bosses recently revealed that the couple's baby son Evan will be diagnosed with leukaemia this spring.

Emmerdale's producer Laura Shaw told us: "We're going to see their world totally rocked when, almost out of nowhere, Evan is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

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"ALL is one of the most common childhood leukaemias. I think there's 650 children and young adults diagnosed with that every year in the UK."

She added: "What we'll see is how the roles of Dawn and Billy are changed almost overnight and out of nowhere. We'll see how Lucas and Clemmie are affected, and the stress that it puts on those sibling dynamics.

"We'll see how this affects Billy and Dawn's relationship, the wider family in Kim and Will, and all of their friends.

"There's also the financial pressure that looking after a child long-term like that can put on a whole family. That's going to be a big story for us going forward."

Emmerdale will air the Billy and Manpreet scenes on Monday, April 22, Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25.

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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