Will Cairns arrived in Emmerdale in February 1997 with his family as the second child and only son of Tony and Becky Cairns. One of his main storylines was when he was kidnapped in October 1997. He was a footballer and became friends with Terry Woods. Despite arriving in the village with his entire family, he ended up staying the longest. In January 1999, Will heard news that his dad Tony had been injured in Germany so decided to move out there. His friends held a farewell party but Will got drunk and made passes at his mates girlfriends and insulted several villagers. The following morning, Will said goodbye to Terry. Terry gave him a video of their rugby trial as a memento. Will then left for Germany, never to return to Emmerdale.