Emmerdale’s Dominic Brunt discusses the future for his character Paddy Kirk

Emmerdale’s Dominic Brunt discusses the future of his character Paddy Kirk after making career move into horror film directing

Dominic Brunt has discussed the future plans for his Emmerdale character Paddy after making a career move into directing.

The soap opera star, 52, has appeared as veterinary surgeon Paddy on the long-running ITV show since 1997.

But Dominic has also been showing his talents behind the camera, having begun directing horror movies, including 2022’s Scream of the Wolf and Wolf Manor.

What's in store? Dominic Brunt has discussed the future plans for his Emmerdale character Paddy after making a career move into directing

What’s in store? Dominic Brunt has discussed the future plans for his Emmerdale character Paddy after making a career move into directing

As he pursues his other passion, Dominic appeared on Loose Women on Thursday where he discussed what is in store in the future for his character Paddy.

When asked how he was balancing his two interests, Dominic said he doesn’t want to do either of his jobs ‘by halves’ so plans to direct horror movies ‘every few years’.

He went on to assure fans that staying in the Dales remains to be one of his top priorities, saying he is ‘loyal’ to the soap opera.

‘My loyalties lie with Emmerdale, they really do,’ he said.

Career: The soap opera star, 52, has appeared as veterinary surgeon Paddy on the long-running ITV show since 1997

Career: The soap opera star, 52, has appeared as veterinary surgeon Paddy on the long-running ITV show since 1997

Passion projects: But Dominic has also been showing his talents behind the camera, having begun directing horror movies, including 2022's Scream of the Wolf and Wolf Manor

Passion projects: But Dominic has also been showing his talents behind the camera, having begun directing horror movies, including 2022’s Scream of the Wolf and Wolf Manor

‘It takes about two to four years to get the funding together and sometimes films collapse and sometimes they get up and go forward but it can be a very tricky situation, but I don’t want to ever do one of them by halves, so I only do them every few years.

‘I’m happy with Emmerdale and I really love it.’

He went on to admit that he was only originally supposed to appear in Emmerdale for eight episodes, but is still on the show 26 years later.

‘I think they just kept forgetting to write me out,’ he quipped. ‘I never in my wildest dreams thought that I’d be able to stay there.’ 

Future: As he pursues his other passion, Dominic appeared on Loose Women on Thursday where he discussed what is in store in the future for his character Paddy

Future: As he pursues his other passion, Dominic appeared on Loose Women on Thursday where he discussed what is in store in the future for his character Paddy

Show boss Jane Hudson also teased that the ongoing tension between his character Paddy and Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) following her affair is only going to get worse. 

‘We’re continuing our story with Chas and Paddy and how you navigate trying to be the best parents you can when your marriage is falling to pieces and one of you has had an affair,’ she said.

‘We’ll watch them both go on their journeys and it will be very serious and quite heartbreaking as we watch what happens to what were one of our favourite couples before we tore them apart, it’s fair to say.’

Plans: When asked how he was balancing his two interests, Dominic said he doesn't want to do either of his jobs 'by halves' so plans to direct horror movies 'every few years'

Plans: When asked how he was balancing his two interests, Dominic said he doesn’t want to do either of his jobs ‘by halves’ so plans to direct horror movies ‘every few years’

Paddy recently confronted his cheating wife Chas after he exposed her affair with Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) – the fiance of Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton).

After the secret was exposed, Paddy continued to lash out at his wife, fuming in an episode last week: ‘You can’t just walk in and expect things to be how they were.’

The pair rowed at Paddy’s workplace and his colleague Rhona Goskirk (Zoey Henry) told him to spend some time at home and away from the veterinary practice after he nearly gave a dog a fatal dose of a sedative.

Not going anywhere: He went on to assure fans that staying in the Dales remains to be one of his top priorities, saying he is 'loyal' to the soap opera

Not going anywhere: He went on to assure fans that staying in the Dales remains to be one of his top priorities, saying he is ‘loyal’ to the soap opera

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