Steve Halliwell thrilled to be Emmerdale attacker
Steve Halliwell was thrilled when he learned his 'Emmerdale' character Zak Dingle was the mystery assailant who left his son Cain for dead
Steve Halliwell was "pleased" to learn his 'Emmerdale' alter ego would be unveiled as Cain Dingle's mystery attacker.
Following weeks of speculation, it was revealed on last night's (05.01.12) episode that Zak Dingle had assaulted his own son and left him for dead, and the actor was delighted to be at the forefront of such a major storyline.
He said: "I was surprised but glad because I've been quiet on-screen lately.
"But you can't get more involved than that - almost killing your own son. So I was pleased there was going to be real drama to do."
Steve believes his character lashed out at Cain - played by Jeff Hordley - out of parental "duty", but admits he went too far with the assault.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: "He's been generally ashamed of the things Cain was doing and no matter what Zak said to him he just continued being abusive to people around the village.
"In his mind and old-fashioned way of thinking, a father's job is to discipline his son. He felt it was his duty to do it and the only way to stop him was to be violent, but he went too far. He saw red and couldn't stop thinking about what Cain had done, but hadn't intended to hurt him that badly."
In last night's 'Emmerdale', Cain admitted he is happy to frame love rival Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) for the attack, even though he always knew Zak was his assailant, but Steve doesn't believe his alter ego would let things go so far.
He said: "Even though he lost the plot, he wouldn't be any sort of man if he let an innocent bloke like Jai go down for attempted murder."