EMMERDALE fans are in shock after Paddy Kirk was revealed to be the mystery buyer of Laurel Thomas’ cottage.
The vet – who is played by actor Dominic Brunt in the ITV soap – turned up for a surprise viewing in tonight’s episode.
“Oh, Paddy?” she said shocked.
“Sorry are you Kim’s prospective buyer?”
Paddy spluttered: “Yeah… did she not tell you?
“No, of course she didn’t, she’s Kim Tate – she doesn’t like to concern herself with basic human manners.”
A visibly deflated Laurel then offered to show him around the cottage.
After the viewing Paddy told her: “It’s such a great house.
“We’re absolutely desperate to stay in the village, it’s just that things don’t seem to come up that often, do they?
“We’re packed in like sardines at the moment so when I heard this was coming onto the market I jumped at it.
“Look no offence but I haven’t even told Chas yet – I just wanted to check there was no damp or anything too grim before I got her hopes up.
“It’ll just be like a double bonus if we could move quickly…”
Finally realising that Laurel and Arthur were upset at the viewing, he asked if she was OK.
“It’s none of my business but are you alright about all of this?” he said.
Laurel told him: “We don’t get a say – we’re just lowly renters.”
Viewers were in shock at Paddy being the mystery buyer.
One wrote: “Never mind Kim not telling Laurel… Why didn’t you tell her, Paddy?”
A second said: “Paddy is going to buy laurels cottage. I think it will take some getting used to that paddy and Chas live there.”
Another added: “That was awkward.”