Emmerdale's Jamie Tate has been at the heart of the drama in the village over the past year, recently making things more complicated by impregnating Gabby Thomas during a one-night-stand.
However, watching the soap on Friday, viewers were baffled to learn his real age, as Gabby (Rosie Bentham) discussed their age difference with Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy).
Shaken by the news she is expecting a baby with Kim Tate's son, Gabby revealed there are five years between them – which would make Jamie just 24 years of age.
Trying to push her away from Jamie, Laurel remarked: "The age gap is rather large."
Referring to Laurel's relationship with the late Ashley Thomas, Gabby replied: "What, five years? How much older was dad than you?"
"Well, forget the age gap," Laurel conceded, accepting she had been considerably younger than her late husband Ashley.
Meanwhile, watching from home, viewers were confused by Jamie's age, convinced he was older than the script suggested.
A qualified vet, Jamie has already been through one marriage – to Andrea Tate – and is the father to young Millie Tate.
Trying to do the maths in their head, viewers couldn't understand how Jamie had progressed so far in his life at such a young age.
One Twitter user said: "Hang on a minute @emmerdale if Jamie Tate is only 24 (5 years older than Gabby) 1. He’s has a hard paper round and 2. was he still at school when he got Andrea pregnant?! And also, was Graeme sleeping with Andrea when she was still a teenager?! I’m confused."
"The age gap is 5 years between Gaby and Jamie?! I’m sure they said Gaby is 19 the other day, surely Jamie is older than 24… He’s a vet and that takes 5 years!" wrote a second.
And a third chimed: "Jamie is only meant to be 24? Life must have come at him hard. How is he even a fully qualified experienced vet?"
In reality, actor Alexander Lincoln, who has played Jamie since 2019, is several years older than the character he plays on the ITV soap opera.
The Londoner turned 27 last month, which makes him a whole three years older than Emmerdale villain Jamie.
Alexander's role on Emmerdale is his first TV role, having previously starred in independent films like Wander, Recall and Sun in the Night.
Chatting about landing the Emmerdale gig, Alexander told ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly the character could be a "frustrating" one to play.
He said: "I've been very fortunate with Jamie in that I've got to show so many different aspects of him, but he can be frustrating because he doesn't really take action and can be easily manipulated."
Emmerdale airs on weekdays at 7pm on ITV, with an extra helping on Thursdays at 8pm.
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