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Emmerdale chef Marlon Dingle relishes his role as a soap star
12:00pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
THINGS aren’t too rosy for Emmerdale’s Marlon Dingle at the moment.
His girlfriend Laurel, who was recently carjacked on the soap, is starting to show signs of post-traumatic stress and there’s nothing that poor Marlon can do to help.
In contrast, all this drama makes life quite exciting for Mark Charnock, who has played the lovable chef since 1996 and at one time lived in Atherton.
Mark, whose grandad the late Tommy Charnock lived in Tyldesley, was born in Daubhill but later moved south of Four Lane Ends to Atherton. At Canon Slade School he developed a love of drama.
Mark explained: “There was a group of us that went to the youth group at Bolton Little Theatre and I remember one year we travelled to a drama festival in Austria, which was great. I became addicted to drama.”
Despite drama being a risky career choice, his hard-working parents, who ran a newspaper shop, supported his dream.
“After leaving school I went to Hull University to study drama. I wasn’t stupid so I’m sure my parents must have thought that I could have done something more secure but they continued to support me, ” he said.
After graduating the 45-year-old went to Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts and did various bits of TV after he left the academy.
He said: “What’s great about Emmerdale is that there might be years that you may never work with a character, and then all of a sudden you’re thrown together.
“For example, Marlon doesn’t speak to his cousin Cain but a recent story has thrown the two of them together.
“Charlotte [Bellamy], who plays Laurel, is amazing. She’s had to do all the work really and Marlon’s had to react to something that he doesn’t understand.
“There’s an element of PTSD in Laurel’s behaviour and in many ways it’s better the less I know because it comes across better and more believable.
“I have no idea what he’s dealing with. He tries simplistic ways to help but it’s not enough that he’s just nice to her. It’s a great script and the stuff that’s coming up in a few weeks time is dramatic.”
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