Emmerdale cast pays tribute to Zak Dingle icon Steve Halliwell, saying, “The joy lives on.” Dingle stars

With his family by his side, the actor passed away. (Image: ITV)

Following the news that Steve Halliwell, a legend of Emmerdale, has passed away, tributes are being paid.

According to a statement sent by his family, the actor, who is most known for portraying Zak Dingle in the show, passed away “peacefully with his loved ones surrounding him.”

It said, “He slept quietly, surrounded by his loved ones.” Family meant the world to him, and he was keeping us laughing all the way until the end. He was the most wonderful grandpa and father you could ask for.

We would like to express our gratitude to the amazing team at Wheatfield Hospice and St. James Hospital for their compassion and caring during his last days. He only wanted to celebrate a life well spent; he didn’t want sorrow.

Steve’s character Zak has been a part of several high-profile plots over the years, including as the unexpected birth of Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) and the admission that he was responsible for Cain Dingle’s (Jeff Hordley) attack.

He was the Dingle family’s patriarch (Image: ITV).

But what stays in the hearts and minds of viewers is surely his marriage to Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox), his soulmate.

It seems sense that Steve, as an Emmerdale celebrity, made a lot of friends while working on the program.

Numerous well-known people have responded to the acting star in honor of this.

Mandy Dingle’s actress Lisa Riley posted on Instagram, saying, “My darling Steve…love you so much ??you are now at peace.” I’m grateful for the years of joy you gave me; you laughed all the way to the end.

Adored, cherished, and respected by all of us—a LEGEND in my opinion—we will cherish our stories and memories for a very long time. Rest well, Stevie. Charlotte, Val, and Angelina are in our thoughts and prayers at this extremely trying time.?????? our extended family “That Bury guy performed well.”

Recently back on Emmerdale as Aaron Dingle, Danny Miller sent this heartfelt statement on Instagram: He mentored me and supported me both on and off set from the first day. He could easily turn myself and everyone else into corpses with a just glance, a grunt, or a “hmmm EH?!”

The King of The Dingles and the King of “double takes” You’ll be missed, buddy. both within and beyond the set. Steve, have a good night’s sleep and leave me a pump.

The actor that played Del Dingle, Hayley Tamaddon, stated, “This is awful news.” What a beautiful man he was. During my time in the play, we shared many laughs together. We have lost a hero, Dingles.

Adam Thomas, who is best known for playing Adam Barton in the show, also sent a meaningful remark. “Wow…got me this one!” he wrote. What a charming dude. Rest well.

“He was just fantastic,” said Amelia Flanagan, who plays April, Marlon Dingle’s (Mark Charnock) daughter. Had a ton of tales to share and always offered the finest advise.

On social media, show viewers are also posting messages.

“I truly loved Zak, he has been missed and will always be missed RIP,” commented one Twitter/X user, eloquently capturing the sentimentality surrounding Steve and Zak Dingle. Another user added, “Rip steve Halliwell…” You were the only one who could play the great Zak Dingle.

Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North, John Whiston, stated: “Steve Halliwell was one of those exceptional people who was just as amazing off screen as he was on.”

He was viewed by millions of Emmerdale viewers as the cunning and physically strong patriarch of the Dingle clan, but also had a kind heart.

He was a much-loved friend and coworker to everybody who worked on Emmerdale. He was unquestionably the show’s father, but he was also its entertaining, naughty uncle. He will be sorely missed.

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