Steve Halliwell

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Steve Halliwell
Born Stephen Harold Halliwell
(1954-03-21) 21 March 1954 (age 63)
Bury, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977 - present
Spouse(s) Val Halliwell
Children 2

Stephen Harold Halliwell (born 21 March 1954[1]) 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. [2] 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.[3] He was a founder member of the Interchange Theatre in Bury.[3] 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.[4] He released his autobiography in 2014 called If The Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale.[5]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ ITV website
  3. ^ a b Hayward 1994, p. 115
  4. ^ IMDb
  5. ^ Halliwell, Steve (2014). If The Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale. The History Press. ISBN 0-7509-5835-9. 
  • Anthony Hayward (1994). Who's Who on Television. Boxtree Limited. ISBN 1-85283-936-8.