Emmerdales Jonny McPherson details close bond with on-screen daughter Mimi Slinger

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Emmerdale actor Jonny McPherson has played Liam Cavanagh on the soap since 2014, but it was only when he became a regular as the loveable doctor in 2018 that his on-screen daughter Leanna (played by Mimi Slinger) became a fixture.

And it turns out, the actors have a close bond in real life that mirrors that of the medical professional and his bratty teen daughter.

Appearing on Lorraine on Wednesday to discuss his current storylines on the ITV soap, Jonny revealed that he began to think of Mimi as his real life daughter over time.

Agreeing that the bond they shared on screen was real, the actor told the chat show host: "I do, it's funny I was talking to Jeff who plays Cain the other day, because we were filming a scene together.

"I was saying isn't it funny because he's obviously got a relationship with Charley who plays Debbie Dingle, you know he's been her fake dad for a long time.

"I've been Mimi's fake dad since she was 15 so for around three years now, and to watch them grow at that time.”

The actor went on to explain that by playing the part of a father he also needed to fake the real life feelings of being a parent, which eventually turned into semi-real ones.

“All the scenes that you do, you are playing the part of a father so you sort of necessarily develop parental feelings,” Jonny continued.

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"And in terms of like career and mentoring the kids on the show, because a lot of them as well don't go to drama school and are just kinda thrown in at the deep end.

“It's important to try and look after them as much as possible in terms of the process of learning lines and getting performance up.”

The Doctor Cavanagh star couldn’t stop gushing over his on-screen daughter, despite the fact Leanna herself has been incredibly difficult and spoilt over the years.

"She is just a wonderful, wonderful girl. I feel very protective of her,” Jonny added.

Earlier this year, Doctor Cavanagh finally got up the courage to propose to his girlfriend Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi) after a whirlwind romance together.

With the imminent return of Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles) to the Yorkshire Dales, Liam is sure to be in for some drama as his and Leyla’s wedding day approaches.

Could Bernice crash the nuptials in explosive scenes that see the Doctor lose his chance at happiness once more?

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