‘I thought they had the wrong man!’ Emmerdale’s Mark Charnock reveals his hapless character Marlon Dingle was once destined to be a ‘Greek god’ with an incredible physique!
Emmerdale‘s Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle, has revealed his beloved and rather hapless character was once destined to be a ‘Greek god’.
The actor, 53, who has appeared in the ITV soap since 1996, revealed that during the audition he looked at himself in the mirror, convinced that he was not the man for the job.
Speaking to The Mirror the actor revealed the character’s description was initially a ladies man with an incredible physique.
‘I thought they had the wrong man’: Emmerdale’s Mark Charnock, 53, has revealed his beloved character Marlon Dingle was once destined to be a ‘Greek god’
However luckily for soap fans there was a last minute change and the then 27-year-old was cast in the role that would make him famous.
He recalled: ‘I said to the director ‘Can I just ask you about this description? He said ‘Oh yes don’t worry, he’s now a nerd who thinks he’s those things’.’
Adding: ‘It’s a living, my sort of nerdy-ish appearance, I have been lucky – it’s meant I’ve been cast in parts I really loved. I don’t know how many nerds they saw that day, but I’m glad they saw me.’
Staying power: When Mark first joined Emmerdale he arrived in the village to stay with his uncle Zak going on to become a core member of the soap, mixing comedy with serious performances (pictured with co-stars (L-R) Sandra Marvin and Katherine Dow Blyton)
When Mark first joined Emmerdale he arrived in the village to stay with his uncle Zak (Steve Halliwell) going on to become a core member of the soap, mixing comedy with serious performances.
In 2004, he won the award for Best Male Dramatic Performance at The British Soap Awards.
The actor also appeared for two episodes in Coronation Street before joining Emmerdale.
Young pup: When Mark first joined Emmerdale he arrived in the village to stay with his uncle Zak (Steve Halliwell) going on to become a core member of the soap, mixing comedy with serious performances (pictured in 1996)
The Woolpack chef o was seen being taken off by paramedics after experiencing the life-threatening medical condition, with the long-lasting repercussions possibly changing his life forever.
Marlon was seen searching for an engagement ring at his home as he prepared to propose to Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry).
Shock: Emmerdale viewers were moved to tears recently after watching the actor’s realistic portrayal of his character Marlon Dingle suffering a terrifying stroke
But, feeling unwell, he looked in the mirror and saw his face beginning to drop, leaving him terrified.
He soon collapsed and was found by his daughter April Windsor (Amelia Flanagan) who came searching for him and called an ambulance after realising what had happened.
Moved by the harrowing scenes, many viewers took to Twitter to praise Mark for his acting.
Frightening: Marlon was terrified when he saw his face dropping when he looked in the mirror after feeling ill
One person wrote: ‘Blooming heck @markcharnock what amazing acting it’s a right blub fest in our house tonight, mostly the hubby! Seriously well done on highlighting this, hopefully more than a few lives can be saved by recognising the signs of a stroke #marlon #emmerdale.’
‘Poor Marlon. This will raise a lot of awareness for strokes and how quick they can happen time is critical now #Emmerdale,’ wrote another viewer.
While another soap fan posted: ‘Wow that was emotional for me personally to watch I’ve lost a relative to a stroke in 2016.. it’s horrible and it can kill in literally seconds, minutes even hours.. “not my face” I heard Marlon say sure of it.. great acting by @markcharnock #Emmerdale.’
Serious: The Woolpack chef was seen being taken off by paramedics after experiencing the life-threatening medical condition
Mark recently said he found researching the serious and life-threatening medical condition ‘a total eye opener’ and sees the plot line as ‘an enormous responsibility’.
He said: ‘Working with Emmerdale’s research team and The Stroke Association on this storyline has been a total eye opener for me.’
‘We hear the word stroke bandied around a great deal, but being confronted with the sheer weight of numbers in this country alone has been a shock.
‘It’s an enormous responsibility to try to get it right for the survivors and their families, and for those who’ve lost loved ones to this awful event.’
Medical attention: Marlon was helped by paramedics after his daughter called for help when she was worried about him going missing for a while