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Emmerdale stars Matty and Robbo reveal off-screen bond amid prison storyline

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Emmerdale Matty Barton and Robbo are anything but friends on the ITV soap opera, but thankfully the actors playing them are on much better terms.

Ash Palmisciano’s character Matty is currently being stalked behind bars by fellow prisoner Robbo (played by John O’Neill). Robbo brutally attacked Matty after discovering he was transgender.

Despite the dark storyline, Palmisciano and O’Neill’s relationship is much more harmonious off-screen, as the pair share their admiration for each other on social media.

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On Instagram, Palmisciano shared a behind-the-scenes photo of himself with O’Neill and Stacey Gough, who plays Les, Matty’s cellmate.

“Coolest prison villain @jk0_91 I could ever work with and best prison buddy I’ve ever had @goughstacey kudos to you both,” he captioned the post.

O’Neill shared a few behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram, captioning the post: “We had a blast filming this assignment. We had a lot of laughs outside of the takes, I promise.”

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The actor added: “A real joy to work alongside the talented @ash.px – thanks for making it so much fun mate! You smashed it! And a big shout out to @goughstacey who helped keep Robbo in check.”

Palmisciano was full of praise in the comments, describing O’Neill as “very talented” and “a very nice person to be on set.”

In Tuesday’s (July 9) episode of the series, Matty was emotional when Les was released from prison, as he was now even more vulnerable without his friend behind bars.

Emmerdale broadcast on weekdays at 7:30 p.m. on ITV1 and available on streaming services ITVX.

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