Ex Emmerdale actor cleared of assault charges!
Former Emmerdale actor Mark Jordon, who played Daz Spencer, has been cleared of assault on a pensioner in a pub brawl.
Ex-Emmerdale actor Mark Jordon, who bit a man’s face after an argument outside a pub, has been cleared of assault after a week-long trial.
Mark, who played Daz Spencer in the ITV soap, was accused of attacking Andrew Potts in July 2018 outside the Farrars Arms in Oldham.
A jury at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court found him not guilty of affray, unlawful wounding and assault by beating. Mark had denied the charges and said he acted in self-defence.
Speaking outside court, the actor said he was “grateful to the jury for proving my innocence” and pleased his “awful ordeal” had come to an end.
Jurors heard the row started in a beer garden on 1 July, where Mark Jordon was celebrating his engagement to Laura Norton, who plays Kerry Wyatt in Emmerdale.
Mark claimed Mr Potts had made ‘vile comments’ about his daughter and had a video of her which he would post on YouTube. CCTV footage showed Mr Jordon having to be held back from Mr Potts, who threw some punches at him.
Former Heartbeat actor Mark Jordon said the footage showed him trying to grab Mr Potts’ phone, not trying to be violent.
The court heard Mr Potts and his partner left the pub and walked down the road, but were later confronted by Mark, who got out of a taxi.
Jurors were told Mr Jordon bit Mr Potts’ thumb and the palm of his hand and the pair fell to the ground, where the actor bit his eyebrow.
They heard Mr Jordon, who had been due on the set of Emmerdale the day after his arrest, suffered a fractured wrist when he was kicked by Mr Potts.
Mark told the jury he bit Mr Potts in self-defence, adding it “was not planned, regretful and in the moment”.
It is reported that Laura broke down in tears in the public gallery as the verdicts were delivered.
Outside court, Mark said he was “looking forward to getting back to our engagement and my career, which has been on hold”.
His character was last seen on the soap in January, when he moved away from the village to begin a new life in London.
A spokesman for Emmerdale said there were “no current plans” for the character to return.
Speaking exclusively to the Sunday People, Mark said: “I was portrayed as a violent drunk. I’d never been in a fight before, never been in trouble with the law, never been in a cell or a police car, apart from a 1960s one in Heartbeat.
“I’d never been to court, never had to arrange a lawyer or barrister. It’s been an education, but not one I would have chosen.”
Mark was full of praise for a remarkable show of support by loyal Emmerdale co-stars who turned up in court during his seven-day trial. They included Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King, Sammy Winward, who portrayed Katie Sugden, Chris Bisson – Jai Sharma, Claire Hardwick – Val Pollard and Chris Chittell – the soap’s longest-serving character Eric Pollard.
Line Of Duty star Arsher Ali, who is married to Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi, was also there.
Mark said: “When you are sitting in court accused of something terrible, behind glass screens, it is unnerving.My colleagues have been wonderful. I’m blessed that they sat in the public gallery every day. Seeing them there kept me strong. It was incredible that they turned up every day.”
The actor also revealed he had to spend all their wedding funds – a five-figure sum – on lawyers because he did not qualify for legal aid.
He added: “I was at home watching the wedding fund being spent on barristers fees. Watching it dwindle. But now we can start all over we’re already discussing plans. Now I’m finally looking forward to what’s around the corner.”