Jeff Hordley

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Jeff Hordley
Born Jeffrey Thomas Percy
(1970-03-07) 7 March 1970 (age 44)
Crumpsall, Manchester, England, UK[1]
Occupation Actor/ DJ
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Zoe Henry (2003–)
Children 2

Jeff Hordley (born Jeffrey Thomas Percy, 7 March 1970 in Crumpsall, Manchester) is an English actor most notable for playing Cain Dingle in ITV's long-running soap opera Emmerdale. Jeff often works as a DJ for Plymouth and Oldham radio stations.

Early life[edit]

Hordley grew up in Oldham, Lancashire where he attended [[Chadderton|North Chadderton] ] Comprehensive,[1] before Jeff went on to gain a BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre in 1997.


Hordley is best known for his portrayal of bad-boy Cain Dingle in the British soap opera Emmerdale. He has played the recurrent role since 2000, most recently returning to British television screens on 28 April 2009. He had previously appeared in Coronation Street as a minor character on the episode broadcast 28th November 1998.


After appearing as Cain Dingle, Hordley was an obvious choice to play a pantomime villain, which he did in the 2006–07 production of Mother Goose at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, London. He later played Napoleon in the George Orwell classic Animal Farm at Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse from 18 October – 8 November 2008. Most recently Hordley took on the role of Mick in Pinter's 1960 play The Caretaker when staged at Bolton's Octagon Theatre from 5–28 March 2009.

Weatherfield rumours

In March 2007 it was rumoured that Hordley was to join the cast of Coronation Street. It transpired that his wife, Zoe Henry, had been cast as Casey, a friend of Claire Peacock. Hordley has previously played two minor characters in the show; both single-episode parts in the late 1990s.

Other work

In addition to acting, Hordley has also worked as a DJ. He had his own show, Songs of Praise (Sundays, 2–4pm), on the Oldham-based 96.2 The Revolution radio station, and he has appeared at Manchester's Roundhouse as part of the "Rock & Roll Bar Collective".

Personal life[edit]

He is married to his college sweetheart Zoe Henry who they have a daughter together named Violet born in 2005, and a son Stan born in April 2008. He is a loyal Manchester City fan. In 1996 Hordley was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, an incurable and potentially life-threatening illness. He is currently in remission and has not let it affect his life.[2]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Donohue, Simon, Cain ready and able for wedded bliss,, 4 February 2003.
  2. ^ "Emmerdale's Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley)". Retrieved 2011-02-21. 

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