DOB: 19 January 1952
Marital status: Married to Lisa
Address: Wishing Well Cottage
Occupation: Gamekeeper at Home Farm
Zak Dingle first appeared in October 1994. Zak was first seen challenging Ned Glover to a bare knuckle fight, which he lost.
Zak is the patriarch of the Dingle family and while his official source of income has always been scrap dealing and pig farming, he spends most of the time doing very little.
At times Zak is a violent man and prone to jealousy, but he will do anything for a quiet life and a pint in the Woolpack.
His father walked out on the family when Zak was just eight years old. He married Nellie and had four children – Ben, Butch, Tina and Sam. He had a fling with his sister-in-law Faith and, although he knew nothing about it for several years, he fathered Cain.
Zak is often wrought with jealousy and he got angry with Nellie for spending too much time with Eric Pollard. In 1995 he went to Ireland with Nellie where her sick father lived and returned without her. In 1996 Nellie wrote to tell him she wasn’t coming back. He rushed to Ireland to talk her round – only to return later with a blonde called Marilyn who quickly conned him out of money and did a runner.
He later met voluptuous pig owner and mechanic Lisa Clegg and declared he admired a woman who could weld. He and Lisa had their ups and downs which culminated in her leaving for his brother Albert when he’d failed to notice she’d had a makeover. But he managed to persuade her to come back on their wedding day in 1998.
That Christmas, the couple got a welcome present when Lisa, who had no idea she was pregnant, gave birth to their daughter Belle. In 2000, however, Zak and Lisa’s marriage was put to its toughest test when his ex-wife Nellie returned. With tensions at fever pitch, Lisa moved out.
Then tragedy struck when Zak’s son Butch was killed in a bus crash. Since Lisa had mended the bus just before, Zak blamed her for the accident and it seemed their marriage was over. The two eventually called a truce, largely for the sake of Belle.
In 2001, Zak learned that he had testicular cancer. His illness put all his problems into perspective and his marriage was firmly back on track.
In 2007, he became close to Rosemary King, so close in fact that at one point Lisa was convinced they were having an affair. But Zak ended their friendship when he found out Rosemary had deliberately tried to make her daughter-in-law, Perdy, appear mad to get rid of her.
Young Belle keeps her father on his toes so he’s not likely to get into too much trouble. Zak also faces a constant challenge trying to keep certain members of his family out of mischief. When Zak found out Eli had shot Marlon at the bookies and then blackmailed him for money, he was livid and threw Eli out on his ear. It was only then that Eli started to behave himself, such is Zak's power over his family.
Zak was thrown into turmoil when his wife Lisa was raped by Derek Benrose in January 2010, and when it was revealed that he had also raped another woman, Lisa took to the stand to testify against him. She was left devastated, however, when Derek was found guilty of raping the other woman but not of raping her, leaving Zak in turmoil.
In December 2011, Cain was attacked and left for dead, and it was revealed that Zak was the culprit, but so far Cain has refused to tell the police who was responsible.
Steve Halliwell plays Zak Dingle. He has also starred in Coronation Street, Heartbeat and All Creatures Great and Small.