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Steve Halliwell wife: Who was Emmerdale’s Zak Dingle star married to?

Steve Halliwell was an English actor, known for portraying the role of Zak Dingle in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, which he played from 1994 until his death in 2023.

The actor played the brawny character in more than 2,300 episodes of the soap over 29 years, having made his debut appearance in October 1994.

News of Halliwell’s death was announced by his family via a statement issued by ITV, the channel that airs the Yorkshire soap.

They said the actor died “peacefully with his loved ones around him”, stating: “He was making us laugh to the end, the most amazing father and grandfather you could ever wish for, family was everything to him.

“We would like to thank the wonderful staff at St James Hospital and the Wheatfield Hospice for their love and kindness in his final days. He didn’t want sadness, just to rejoice in a life well lived.”

Steve Halliwell

ITV also released a statement: ‘All our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones through this very difficult time, and we’d request that their privacy is respected as they grieve for his loss.

‘Steve will forever be synonymous with Emmerdale. The proud defender and head of the Dingle family.

‘Heart and humour in all he did, it has been and always will be impossible not to smile when you think of him.

John Whiston Managing Director of Continuing Drama & Head of ITV in the North, said: ‘Steve Halliwell was one of those rare human beings who was as wonderful off screen as on.

‘To millions of Emmerdale viewers he was the brawny but crafty Dingle patriarch who led the clan with a strong fist and a warm heart.

‘To everyone who worked on Emmerdale he was a much loved friend and colleague, the undoubted father of the show, but also its fun mischievous uncle. We will miss him enormously.’

So as we mourn this loss, we examine his marriages, children, and of course, his cause of death.

About Steve Halliwell Wife

Steve Halliwell
Emmerdale’s Steve Halliwell dies at 77

Who was Steve Halliwell married to?

Legendary Emmerdale star Steve Halliwell was married to wife Valerie Halliwell since the 1970s.

The couple reportedly split up in the 1990s, before getting back together in the 2000s.

Sadly, the actor passed away on December 15, 2023.

How many times has Steve Halliwell been married?

Steve was married once before, so was wed twice during his life.

The soap star was previously married to his childhood sweetheart Susan but they later divorced.

They reportedly met in a dance hall when they were teenagers.

Steve Halliwell
The late Steve Halliwell with his wife Valerie (in 2008)Credit: PA

Does Steve Halliwell have any children?

It is reported that Steve had three children.

His daughter Charlotte is known for setting up Interchange Performing Arts in Bury in early 2018.

The drama school’s name comes from Interchange Theatre, a company for the unemployed, which was founded by her parents in 1979.

Speaking to Bury Times about Steve in 2018, Charlotte said: “It is amazing that dad is so supportive.

“He really believes in what I’m doing.”

Steve Halliwell cause of death

Emmerdale star Steve Halliwell has passed away at the age of 77 after numerous health battles which saw fans concerned for the Zak Dingle actor.

His cause of death has not yet been revealed, but in 2018, he took a leave of absence from the ITV soap due to health concerns, and he later revealed he had been rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery on his heart. The Lancashire-born actor had a pacemaker fitted after years of serious heart problems, and Steve said he felt “fantastic” following the op.

“I’m back at work in a few weeks and feeling fitter than ever after having a pacemaker fitted in September. It’s done me the world of good and I feel fantastic,” he told The Sun at the time. “Emmerdale has 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.”

He’s also candidly spoken about his mental health battles over the years, and in 2003, he took a break from Emmerdale as he sought help for issues with alcohol. More than 10 years later, he shared details of his depression diagnosis, and admitted drinking made it worse, forcing him to seek treatment. “There’s depression, drinking and having to fight your way out of situations,” he told The Mirror. “I’ve lived all those things – and more.”

Hopefully, this article was able to provide you with all the necessary information about Steve Halliwell wife and children.


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