Dominic Brunt reveals if he'll quit Emmerdale Paddy role for horror film career

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He’s been a mainstay on Emmerdale for nearly three decades, but with a passion for horror film directing on the side, Dominic Brunt has addressed whether he will swap roles permanently.

The actor has played Paddy Kirk since 1997, but in recent years has also turned his hand to working behind the camera.

A huge fan of horror, Dominic runs an annual zombie film festival in Leeds alongside his Emmerdale co-star Mark Charnock.

Last year he also released his horror film Wolf Manor, which he appeared on Loose Women to talk about on Thursday.

But when asked about how he was balancing his two passions, Dominic made sure to say staying in the Dales was still his priority.

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

‘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.’

When he was first cast all the way back when, Dominic was initially only meant to appear for eight episodes.

Speaking about still being a part of the show 26 years on, he also joked with the panel that he thinks the writers ‘forgot to write me out’.

He also spoke about how it’s been working with such a ‘genuine’ cast and crew on the show.

‘Anybody who comes there always says they didn’t expect it was going to be like this,’ he said.

‘I arrived 26 years ago expecting that I would find out all the cliques and politics, but it never arrived.’

There’s set to be plenty in store for Paddy on Emmerdale in the coming weeks and months, with a preview teasing that the ongoing tension between him and Chas following her affair is only set 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,’ show boss Jane Hudson explained.

‘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.’

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV1.

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