Emmerdale’s Joe Warren-Plant cuddles bikini-clad girlfriend, 22, in a hot tub aged just 15

Emmerdale child star Joe Warren-Plant has been pictured cuddling his bikini-clad girlfriend, 22, in a hot tub when he was just 15.

The actor, who turned 17 today, has been in a relationship with model Nicole Hadlow, 22, for around 18 months.

He plays Emmerdale grooming victim Jacob Gallagher, who’s lured into a sexual relationship with a teacher when he’s under-aged.

Now pictures have emerged of them in a hot tub together in June 2017, when Joe was just 15.

Nicole, who is wearing a gold bikini as she cuddles up to Joe, is believed to have been around the age of 21 when the snap was taken.

Last year the couple jetted off to Mexico and Ibiza, and celebrated their one-year anniversary in August 2018.

On his page, the clearly-smitten star calls her the “best person” and “my girl”, captioning one snap, “Love you”.

News of Joe’s romance with a 22-year-old woman comes as he’s at the centre of a controversial paedophile storyline on Emmerdale.

The actor plays grooming victim Jacob, a teenager who is having an illicit affair with his much-older teacher.

Viewers of the ITV soap have watched his character, 15-year-old schoolboy Jacob, be groomed by predatory teacher Maya over recent weeks.

Maya (Louise Clein) is dating Jacob’s step-dad David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden), but has coerced Jacob into having a sexual relationship with her.

Actress Louise – who worked with children’s charity Barnado’s ahead of the storyline – admitted the scenes have been uncomfortable to film.

 

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