Emmerdale star Steve Halliwell reckons viewers miss Dingle humour

Steve Halliwell, who of course plays Emmerdale’s Dingle family patriarch Zak, has told the PA that he thinks his character’s current mental breakdown storyline is depriving viewers of the humour that’s, to date, been an integral part of Zak’s life.

He said, “People feel sad for him and they feel sorry for him and I think some of them wish he was still the funny man that he used to be sometimes in the past.

“But that’s not to be.”

To TV Times, he added, “The [viewers] used to come up and say things like, ‘You were so funny with Shadrach the other day’, but now it’s ‘I have really enjoyed your acting’, which is nice!”

He added, “I’ve had a lot of compliments on my acting so it’s been great in that way…”

Steve, who’s played the role of Zak since 1994 and has also starred in Threads, Cracker, Crown Court, G.B.H. and Coronation Street, added, “I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been quite a long time, a few years since I’ve had a storyline specifically about Zak.

“I’m on the periphery of other people’s storylines, but it’s the first one for quite some time where it’s rested on me to make it work.”

And next week, we’re set to see Zak leaving the psychiatric ward, only to end up readmitting himself when he finds the outside world too scary.

Also, in a recent interview with the TV Times about his current storylines, Steve said that he has no plans to retire from the show and acting in general just yet.

He said, “Whenever I think about [retiring], I realise there is something to pay for!

“At the moment I am funding my granddaughter Angelina’s education at a private school.

“She was having a tough time at her old school and this new one provides a holistic education.”

Which side of Zak do you prefer? The dark and brooding side that we’re seeing now, or his humourous persona?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.