Steve Halliwell will stay in Emmerdale indefinitely

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Steve Halliwell

Steve Halliwell

'Emmerdale' actor Steve Halliwell claims he is happy to stay in the soap as long as bosses will have him.

Steve Halliwell will stay in 'Emmerdale' for "as long as" he is wanted.

The 58-year-old actor - who plays local crook Zak Dingle in the ITV soap - admits he is delighted to have been in the role since 1994 and has no intention of leaving as long as bosses want to keep him in.

He said: "It's been great to be one of the Dingles since day one. They've made a little bit of television history. They've also created a lot of jobs for actors because there have been so many of us!

"I'll be playing dad Dingle for as long as they want me."

Steve has been nominated for an Inside Soap Award for Best Actor this year, and he is delighted to be considered.

He said: "It's lovely - it's quite a few years since I was nominated for anything. Back in 2002, when I got a nod at the British Soap Awards for the testicular cancer storyline, I got lots of letters saying more men were going to get checked.

"With Zak's breakdown, viewers have said we're showing that even big tough men can suffer from mental illness. So if it helps people, it can only be a good thing."

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