Steve Halliwell: Remembering the Beloved Emmerdale Star



Steve Halliwell, renowned for his role as Zak Dingle in the long-running British soap opera Emmerdale, passed away on December 15, 2023, at the age of 77. Let’s reflect on his life, career, and the impact he had on the iconic series.

Mourning a Soap Opera Icon:

On December 15, 2023, Emmerdale lost one of its cherished members, Steve Halliwell, known for portraying the beloved Zak Dingle since 1994. While the exact cause of his death remains undisclosed, Halliwell underwent heart surgery in 2018, taking a brief hiatus from Emmerdale during that period. Surrounded by loved ones, he passed away peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that touched the hearts of many.

In a family statement, it was emphasized that Halliwell, true to his nature, continued to share laughter even in his final moments. Family meant everything to him, a sentiment echoed by those who knew him.

Tributes from Co-Stars:

Co-stars, including Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle) and Danny Miller (Andy Dingle), expressed their grief and paid heartfelt tributes to the late actor. Lisa Riley shared her love for Halliwell, thanking him for the cherished memories they created together. Danny Miller took to Instagram to bid a fond farewell to a close friend and fellow actor.

Friends, family, and the Emmerdale cast have been profoundly affected by Halliwell’s passing, and fans have joined in mourning the loss of this talented actor at the age of 77.

A Storied Career:

Halliwell’s acting career extended beyond Emmerdale, with notable roles in television dramas like Crown Court, Cracker, Coronation Street, and Threat. However, it was his portrayal of Zak Dingle that catapulted him into the limelight. First gracing the Emmerdale screen in 1994, Zak Dingle’s tight-fisted yet warm-hearted persona endeared him to millions of viewers.

Despite facing personal challenges, including a brief hiatus in 2003 to address alcohol-related issues and a heart surgery break in 2018, Halliwell remained an integral part of Emmerdale until his retirement in 2021 after 27 years. Even in retirement, he stayed connected with his Emmerdale family.

Remembering His Legacy:

Steve Halliwell is survived by his wife, Valerie Kirkby, and their three children. While Halliwell experienced the pain of losing an amazing husband, father, and grandfather, his family finds solace in the knowledge that he is now at peace.

As fans and the entertainment industry mourn the loss of this iconic actor, Steve Halliwell’s legacy lives on through the indelible mark he left on Emmerdale and the hearts of those who had the privilege of working alongside him.