YEARS after meeting his birth mother, is Ryan Stocks in touch with the woman who adopted him?
An upcoming episode of Emmerdale could cast doubt on viewers as the character will ignore a plea from Irene.
What happened to Irene Stocks?
Portrayed by Eithne Browne (and Amy Alexander in a flashback), the character has been seen in The Dales since 2019, leaving her adopted son Ryan (played by James Moore) to bond with his biological mother, Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins).
But in a new episode of the ITV soap, airing next week (January 17, 2022), the midwife will make a surprise appearance.
Indeed, as he bonded with the Dingles – who immediately accepted him after learning his true parentage – Ryan seems to have forgotten all about the woman who raised him as her own.
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An upcoming scene will show him ignoring a call from Irene, leading viewers to question their connection and her well-being.
Website builder Ryan arrived in the village in June 2018 to meet his birth mother with Irene’s blessing.
Ryan was born when Charity was fourteen and taken prisoner by police officer Mark Bails.
After abandoning her eldest child, Debbie, Charity couldn’t bear the thought of having a second baby and attempted to miscarry by drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Believing that her child had died at birth, in December 1990, she fled the hospital, leaving Irène, the midwife who gave birth to him, to adopt him and raise him as her own.
When asked by Charity about the whereabouts of her son’s grave, in an attempt to bring down DI Bails with DNA evidence, Irene initially lied to her, denying any knowledge of the birth and claiming she was in leave at the time.
Irene finally changed her mind.
While she initially encouraged him to get in touch with a shocked Charity, Irene slowly let slip that she was hurt by their growing bond.
Ryan’s relationship with Dawn didn’t help matters as Irene quickly raged at Charity for letting her adopted son spend time with the young woman “rough as toast” in a scene that aired in July 2018.
Viewers were shocked to see Irene’s outburst but Ryan seemed far from surprised, albeit disappointed.
However, when DI Bails attempted to speak to Ryan, Irene had made peace with Charity and condemned the officer for his past actions.
But what has happened since between Irene and Ryan?
Is there impending drama between the two?
Tune in to ITV to find out.