Emmerdale Charles star shows off toned legs in gym clip after horror back injury

Emmerdale star Kevin Mathurin had fans mopping their brows as he stripped to a pair of thigh-high shorts for a sweltering hot gym video.

The star – who is better known as buttoned-up vicar Charles Anderson on the ITV soap – explained he was back lifting weights after a horror back injury threw a spanner in his fitness routine.

Donning a pair of black shorts that skimmed his thighs and a grey t-shirt with a workout band worn tight around his midriff, Kevin completed his gym-ready look with a pair of black trainers and matching socks.

A pair of wrist straps added extra support as the star hefted a 90 kilogram barbell – achieving a new personal best.

Captioning the hunky clip posted to his Instagram Stories, Kevin wrote: "Bent over barbell 90kg – PB!" with a fire emoji.

The star added: "Feeling more confident after my lower back injury last year. Getting stronger. Challenging myself."

In order to get back into his routine after the injury, Kevin even tried yoga, as well as a new warm-up routine.

Back in November he posted a black-and-white gym snap, explaining: “Felt good to be back in the gym this week. Going back at it hard after injuring my lower back.

"But thanks to yoga, warming up before lifting and using my weightlifting belt in my sessions […] I can finally get back to my routine."

It comes after Kevin sparked concern from fans as he admitted his body was "broken" in one candid tweet after filming stunts for Emmerdale.

Though he hasn’t indicated his back injury was related, the star wrote back in September 2021: "My body is broken.

"Work has been very demanding lately. But I can only keep doing my best and rest when I can. I miss my family, my home and my routine.

"But I promise you what’s coming up will be worth the little sacrifices. Everyone’s commitment has been amazing!"

It came as Kevin was filming gruelling scenes for last year’s survival week – which saw the cast of characters head off on an adventure day accompanied by killer Meena Jutla.

Charles ended up falling from a rope bridge with Manpreet before his girlfriend Andrea was brutally murdered in the maize maze.

Emmerdale airs from 7pm weekdays on ITV.

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