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Emmerdale Actor Steve Halliwell, Who Played Zak Dingle, Has Died

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Emmerdale actor Steve Halliwell, who played Zak Dingle, has died aged 77.

The actor made his first appearance on the long-running soap in October 1994.

His family said in a statement he “was making us laugh to the end” and died “peacefully with his loved ones around him”.

Image: The actor first appeared in the long-running soap in 1994 ITV said: “It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that Emmerdale can confirm that Steve Halliwell, our beloved Zak Dingle, has peacefully passed away.

“All our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones through this very difficult time, and we’d request that their privacy is respected as they grieve for his loss.

“Steve will forever be synonymous with Emmerdale.

“The proud defender and head of the Dingle family.

“Heart and humour in all he did, it has been and always will be impossible not to smile when you think of him.”

Halliwell’s family said: “He went to sleep, peacefully with his loved ones around him.

“He was making us laugh to the end, the most amazing father and grandfather you could ever wish for, family was everything to him.

“We would like to thank the wonderful staff at St James Hospital and the Wheatfield Hospice for their love and kindness in his final days. He didn’t want sadness, just to rejoice in a life well-lived.”

John Whiston, managing director of continuing drama and head of ITV in the north, paid tribute to Halliwell and said he was “as wonderful off-screen as on”.

He said: “To millions of Emmerdale viewers he was the brawny but crafty Dingle patriarch who led the clan with a strong fist and a warm heart.

“To everyone who worked on Emmerdale he was a much-loved friend and colleague, the undoubted father of the show, but also its fun mischievous uncle. We will miss him enormously.”