Stephen Harold Halliwell
21 March 1954
Bury, Lancashire, England
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. Halliwell is currently the second longest serving male cast member.
Halliwell was born in Bury, Lancashire, England, to Fred and Jenny Halliwell. He 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.
In 2003, Haliwell took a short break from Emmerdale for personal reasons.
He released his autobiography in 2014 called If The Cap Fits: My Rocky Road to Emmerdale.
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