When does Zak Dingle return to Emmerdale?


EMMERDALE legend Zak Dingle is expected to return to the Dales in the coming weeks after actor Steve Halliwell was spotted filming on set.

The star has been taking time off from the hit ITV soap following a heart operation, but what fans really want to know is what is Zak’s comeback storyline and when exactly will he return?

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Steve Halliwell has been spotted filming his character Zak Dingle’s Emmerdale comeback

What is Zak Dingles comeback storyline in Emmerdale?

Emmerdale is yet to confirm any details surrounding Zak Dingles comeback storyline.

However, it’s looking likeZak could find himself at the centre of drama surrounding Cain Dingle if recent storylines are anything to go by.

Fans were left in shock last week after Nate was rushed to hospital with a bullet wound in his torso after Cain accidentally shot him.

The mechanic had mistaken Nate for a livestock thief who was out to hurt Moira but was horrified to realise he’d shot his estranged son.

Viewers have meanwhile been hoping for Zak’s comeback for months and will be thrilled to see him returning in the midst of such a dramatic Dingle storyline.

In January one fan tweeted: Hoping Zak and Lisa returning truly miss them Cain needs Zak back soon especially if there is custody battle. (sic)

Another added earlier this month: Hi really love Emmerdale hoping Zak back soon to help Cain and Nate make peace. (sic)

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Zak was devastated by the death of beloved wife Lisa in Emmerdale

When will Zak Dingle return to Emmerdale?

Zak Dingle is expected to return to the soap in a few weeks time.

Soap bosses have reportedly been waiting for the Who Shot Graham storyline to come to a close before bringing Zak back to the show.

A source told HOAR Online: “Steve’s back on set and is already filming scenes for Zak’s return to the show.

“He was off screen for a break, but it was mainly as Zak wasn’t involved in the Who Shot Graham storyline.

“But fans will have missed him – he’s a show legend after all – and he’ll be back on their screens in a few weeks time. He’s having a great time back on set and everyone was really pleased to see him at work.”

Faith Dingle pounced on Zak in the wake of Lisa's death in Emmerdale
Faith Dingle pounced on Zak in the wake of Lisa’s death in Emmerdale

Why did Zak Dingle leave Emmerdale?

Steve has been taking a break from the show following a heart operation.

The 65-year-old actor has played Zak since 1994, but fans were worried that he’d quit the soap for good after his character left in September 2019 to visit Debbie in Scotland.

In May 2019, Zak’s on-screen wife Lisa was killed following actress Jane Cox’s decision to quit the soap.

Steve was previously off screens for several months in 2018 after having a pacemaker fitted.

He returned in 2019 alongside fellow soap legend Lisa in time for her tragic death.

Zak then rekindled his romance with sister-in-law Faith in the wake of Lisa’s death before taking another leave of absence from the soap.

Talking to HOAR in an exclusive interview before his return last year, Steve said: “Im back at work in a few weeks and feeling fitter than ever after having a pacemaker fitted in September. Its done me the world of good and I feel fantastic.

“Emmerdale have been brilliant throughout and really looked after me. I did have to spend some time in hospital and it was really funny to see the entire Dingle clan around my bed.

Everyone has been so considerate and I know it sounds a bit of a cliche, but we really are one big happy family.

He added: I have some great storylines coming up and I cant wait to get stuck into filming.”


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