Who is Pete Barton in Emmerdale? His story with Priya and Debbie?

Pete was in Emmerdale from 2013 to 2020. But who is he and what is his story with Priya Sharma and Debbie Dingle?

In today’s Emmerdale double bill (Thursday, January 14), Debbie discovers that her boyfriend Al is engaged to Priya.

Debbie told Priya that Al cheated on both of them. Once Priya said it would be a payback if she slept with Pete when he was engaged to Leyla.


Debbie and Priya mentioned their story with Pete (Credit: ITV)

But Debbie reminded Priya that she also had a story with Pete …

Who is Pete in Emmerdale?

Pete is the son of James and Emma Barton. He has two full brothers, Ross and Finn Barton.

He’s also the cousin of Matty and Holly. It was originally believed that Adam was the son of James’ brother, John Barton. However, in 2014 it was revealed that Moira had cheated on John with James in the early 90s.


Pete is part of the Barton family (Image Credit: ITV / Shutterstock)

A DNA test proved Adam was James’ son, which made him Pete, Ross, and Finn’s half-brother.

During his time in the village, Pete faced the deaths of his parents and Finns.

Pete’s relationship with Debbie

After Ross and Pete arrived in Emmerdale, they both battled for Debbie Dingle’s attention.

Debbie started dating Pete and they eventually got engaged. In June 2015, Charity unexpectedly gave birth to a boy in prison.

Debbie became the guardian of her little brother, who was called Moses by the Dingle family. She soon started an affair with Ross, unaware that he is the father of Moses.


Debbie had an affair with Pete’s brother Ross (Image Credit: ITV / Shutterstock)

Pete and Debbie were due to get married in August 2015, but a few days before the wedding, Debbie and Ross would run away together.

Their plan was discovered by Debbie’s father, Cain, who revealed that Ross is the father of Moses.

At this point, Pete knew nothing of the matter and Debbie stayed in the village and proceeded with the wedding.

But at the wedding reception, Pete discovered the affair of Debbie and Ross when the recording of Ross and Debbie talking about their relationship was accidentally played in place of the music for their first dance.

Pete was furious with Debbie, but a few moments later a helicopter crashed into the wedding reception, killing guests Val Pollard and Ruby Haswell.

Pete and Priya

He went on to get engaged to Leyla Harding. However, one day Priya went to Tug Ghyll and looked for Leyla because she needed someone to talk to about her relationship problems with Rakesh.


Pete cheated on Leyla with her best friend, Priya (Image Credit: ITV / Shutterstock)

Pete offered to listen and help. But when the two started talking, they kissed and slept together.

They slept together a couple of times. Pete couldn’t get through the wedding to Leyla and eventually the truth emerged that he had cheated.

Leave the village

Pete continued to get engaged to Rhona Goskirk. After being on and off for a year, they separated.

He then briefly dated Tracy Metcalfe, but they both agreed they were better off as friends.

Pete soon decided he needed a fresh start and decided to stay with Ross and Ross’ friend Rebecca in Liverpool.

Emmerdale airs an additional episode on ITV at 7pm on weekdays and an additional episode on Thursdays at 8pm.

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