What is Mackenzie Boyd’s connection to Moira Dingle in Emmerdale?

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Last year Mackenzie Boyd arrived in the Yorkshire Dales.

The new troublemaker on Emmerdale has already been ruffling feathers, especially Kim Tate’s.

But who is the character, played by Scottish star Lawrence Robb and what is his relation to Moira Dingle?

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Mackenzie Boyd debuted in the Dales at the end of last October.

He was said to be brother of Moria Dingle, who is played by Natalie J Robb, and incidentally is not a relation of Lawrence Robb in real life.

Mackenzie actually grew up with Moira, and they had a very close bond until she abruptly left their family.

Lawrence recently explained that his character had arrived in order to ascertain what really happened to their family.

He told Digital Spy: ”From the point when Moira left, Mackenzie had it drilled into him that something happened and that's why Moira left.

"He's got a preconceived idea of who she's become. Growing up from a relatively early age, he's got this idea of 'this is who my sister is'.

"Then when he arrives, Moira tells him it's slightly different.

"I think if anyone has believed something for so long and someone says it's not true, initially you're going to be like: 'Nah, you're lying!'

"I think at one point Moira eventually breaks through to him, but up until then, who knows?”

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Natalie also told the publication that she was looking forward to exploring her characters troubled past.

She said: "It's great. It's been talked about for quite a while really, and it was just knowing when the right time was going to be.

"It's always been John's family and the family we've created – and Nana Barton – but never my father, my brother, or whatever.

"It's good because it may explain a lot over why Moira is the way she is and perhaps why she's so protective of her children.

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"It'll be interesting to see, it's going to be exciting. It's nice to have that link of the family."

However many online believe that Moira is in fact Mackenzie's mum, given their age gap.

One fan tweeted: "There's a big plot hole in this Moira/Mackenzie story.

"Unless Mackenzie is in his 30s which I highly doubt, the age range between him and Moira doesn't match.

"There's at least an 18-20 year difference between them. #Emmerdale"

Natalie also fuelled rumours by telling the Mirror: "I can just say it's very sad but there is a big reason why she had to run away, that’s all I can say."

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"It’s something she had to run away from and never look back in order to continue with her future, if she was to have any future."

Additionally Emmerdale boss Jane Hudson also alluded to the fact Moira was concealing something.

She said: "We've got Moira’s brother Mackenzie arriving and of course he is coming with a secret, that you think that you are going to find out, and then there is going to be another revelation a little further down the line."

Guess we'll have to wait to find out!

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