Name: Zachariah Bartholomew ‘Zak’ Dingle

First appeared: 20 October 1994

Born: 19th January 1952

Parents: Jedidiah Dingle (deceased), Peg Dingle

Spouse: Joanie Wright (deceased), Lisa Clegg (divorced), Nellie Lynch (divorced)

Siblings: Shadrach (deceased), Albert, Caleb, Ezra, and Zebediah Dingle.

Occupation: Pig Farmer and Handyman.

Lives: Wishing Well Cottage


Oct 1994: Arrives in Emmerdale and immediately challenges Ned Glover to a bare-knuckle fight

1994: Joined the rest of the Dingles in a feud against the McAllister family after the death of his son Ben during a fight with Luke McAllister

1998: Meets and marries Lisa.

Dec 1998: They are shocked to become parents to daughter, Tinkerbelle (Belle) Dingle, with her surprise birth in the barn on Christmas day

2001:  Diagnosed with, and recovers from, Testicular Cancer

2011: Attacks and hospitalises son Cain

Is spared prison when Cain keeps his role in the assault secret

The guilt of beating Cain leads to Zak having a mental breakdown for which he is sectioned

2016: Marries Joanie Wright after a brief affair which led to Lisa divorcing him. The marriage is short as Joanie splits up with him over lingering feelings for Lisa

2017: Wife Joanie dies unexpectedly and suddenly. Reunite with Lisa

Steve Halliwell

Born in Bury, Lancashire in 1954, Steve has been an actor since the 1970s with roles in British TV series including Cracker, Coronation Street and Threads. He also starred in a number of Dingle spin-off dvds for Emmerdale.

In 2002 and 2009 Steve was nominated for Best Actor at the British Soap Awards.

In 2014 Steve released his autobiography, If The Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale.



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