|Born||Stephen Harold Halliwell
21 March 1954
Bury, Lancashire, England
|Years active||1977 - present|
Stephen Harold Halliwell (born 21 March 1954) is an English actor best known for his part in ITV's Emmerdale as smallholder Zak Dingle, which he has played since 1994. Together with Emmerdale co-stars Billy Hartman and Alun Lewis he was a member of UK 1990s country rock trio The Woolpackers who had a UK hit single Hillbilly Rock Hillbilly Roll in November 1996. In 2003 Haliwell took a short break from Emmerdale for personal reasons.  Halliwell was born in Bury, Lancashire, England) to Fred & Jenny Halliwell, Halliwell has an older brother Clive who is two years older than him. Halliwell was an apprentice engineer and had a number of jobs mainly in cotton and paper mills before drama training at the Mountview Theatre School. He was a founder member of the Interchange Theatre in Bury. During the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, he featured in a number of UK television shows, including Here I Stand, Threads, Cracker, Crown Court, G.B.H. and Coronation Street. He released his autobiography in 2014 called If The Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale.
- "Emmerdale's Steve Halliwell on his battles with depression and booze and how Zak Dingle saved him". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
- ITV website
- Hayward 1994, p. 115
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0356675/ IMDb
- Halliwell, Steve (2014). If The Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale. The History Press. ISBN 0-7509-5835-9.
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