Ever since Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland) turned up on the scene in Emmedale, rumours have been circulating about her true identity – which has so far been kept well and truly under wraps.
Viewers are already aware that Chloe's sister Gemma – heart donor to Sarah Dugden (Katie Hill) – passed away three years ago, but it was recently revealed that her dad is in prison and her mother sadly passed away.
Among the names in the ring are Joe Tate (Ned Porteous), Declan Macey (Jason Merrells) and Piers Harris (Johnathan Wrather). Mack Boyd (Lawrence Robb) has also been mentioned along with Mark Bails – the police officer who raped Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) when she was just 14. Others have also suggested newbie Ben Richards might be the father.
Here, we take a look at all the wild and wonderful fan theories that have surfaced so far…
One stumped fan took to Twitter to declare: "So on the list of men who be Chloe’s dad are ether Mack, Declan or Pierce. Who else could it be??"
Another added: "I hope to God Chloe's dad IS Declan, because this storyline is ticking me off and only the sight of Mr Macey reappearing will make this worthwhile. #Emmerdale"
However, one eagle-eyed fan pointed out: "After the Declan Macey speculation earlier this month, #Emmerdale and @InsideSoapMag doubled down on noting that none of the fan theories were right."
In tense scenes that aired on Tuesday night (15 November) fans thought they might have caught a glimpse of Chloe's dad in the car that menacingly followed her and Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton).
Viewers are convinced Chloe's dad is "dangerous" and have dug down into the darker side of Emmerdale for solutions to the puzzle.
"I'm really kinda stumped as to who Chloe's dad could be and why they'd care about Charity's family… unless it was like a Tate or something but then the creepy incest side would come in so *shrugs* sounds like #Emmerdale."
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One fan suggested the mystery man could be Mark Bails who was sent to prison after raping Charity Dingle when she was just 14.
Another suggested it might be Joe Tate: "My guessing is that Chloe Is Joe Tate’s daughter."
This would make her Noah's niece (sort of) which could explain why Mack backtracked when he found out Noah and Chloe were planning to sleep together.
However, many viewers have been quick to point out that the numbers don't quite add up.
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One wrote: "I doubt Chloe’s dad is Joe Tate. Joe would have been about eight when Chloe was born."
Seeing as her second name is Harris, and that we know her dad is in prison, some viewers have suggested that Chloe's father could be none other than Piers Harris who definitely fits the bill of "dangerous dad."
Meanwhile, others have speculated that Chloe's father could be a new character altogether. Ben Richards is set to appear on screen soon and has been pegged as the new villain of the soap.
Emmerdale continues on weekdays at 7pm on ITV.
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