Emmerdale star Steve Halliwell has revealed that his recent storylines are reflective of real life.
The actor plays Zak Dingle in the soap, who is suffering from financial problems at the hands of a loan shark after having a mental breakdown.
Speaking to Daybreak about the storyline, Steve said: “Fans have seen another side to him [Zak]. The guy who can sort everything out with his fists, he’s realised that’s not always the answer.
“It was difficult because to make it real you have to go there in your mind to places you don’t want to and trigger off emotions.
“People are talking to me about their own mental illnesses. They feel like they know Zak and talk to me as if I’m Zak. People’s lives are full of dramas. It’s reflective of real life in that sense.”
Steve has been nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Inside Soap Awards, and he is delighted that all his hard work has been recognised.
“It’s a measure of whether you’re doing it well or not, I suppose,” he said. If the business say they want to give me an award then that’s great.
“I think a lot of people vote for who they fancy so I’m out of the running!”
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