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|Portrayed by||Bobby Knutt|
|First appearance||21 December 1995|
|Last appearance||21 October 2004|
|Introduced by||Mervyn Watson (1995)|
Steve Frost (2004)
|Occupation||Mechanic (until 1997)|
Albert Ezekiel Dingle is a fictional character from the ITV soap opera Emmerdale , played by Bobby Knutt. He made his first appearance on 21 December 1995.
Albert is the eldest child of Jedediah (Richard Mayes) and Peg Dingle (Jeanne Hepple). He was married to Delilah and they had two sons, Marlon (Mark Charnock) and Eli (Joe Gilgun)
Upon his first appearance on the show, he had been in prison for armed robbery. Albert makes his first appearance in Emmerdale in December 1995 after being released and it is soon clear that he is possibly the most deceitful and cowardly of the Dingles. It is also revealed that Albert has been to prison repeatedly. In February 1996, Albert is sent to prison for stealing Eric Pollard's car and is released in May. Albert welcomes the arrival of his son, Marlon, but also welcomes the arrival of Lisa Clegg (Jane Cox). Albert begins wooing Lisa but discovers that his brother Zak also has feelings for her. However, when Zak fails to put up a fight for her, Lisa decides to marry Albert, despite her feelings for Zak. On Albert and Lisa's wedding day in 1997, her ex-husband Barry, tries to stop the wedding. Although Barry is manhandled and removed from the church, Zak arrives and announces his love for Lisa. While Albert initially fights Zak, he runs away when the police arrive looking for him over an armed robbery. Seeing Albert for the swine that he is, Lisa marries Zak. Albert is arrested a few days later and sent to prison.
Upon his release in December 1997, Albert returns to work at the local garage but continues his criminal activities. He takes money from the garage till, assists Billy Hopwood (David Crellin) in an armed robbery and cons Zak and Lisa out of £100. After he builds up debts with a crooked businessman, Albert persuades his nephew, Sam (James Hooton), to assist him in an armed robbery. However, the police arrive and Albert escapes with the money but Sam is caught and arrested. Albert stashes the money and manages to hide the fact that he was the true culprit from his family. However Butch Dingle (Paul Loughran) finds the stolen money and confronts Albert with Zak. They threaten him with violence and force him to confess to the crime. Albert is arrested for the crime and disowned by his family and he and Sam are sent down for armed robbery. They are both released two years later but Albert does not make an appearance upon his return.
In October 2004 Albert is revealed to have been released from prison when he rejoins the Dingle clan to celebrate ten years of the family's residency in Emmerdale. He has not been seen since. Bobby Knutt, the actor who played Albert, died on 25 September 2017.
Zak Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Steve Halliwell. He first appeared on 20 October 1994. Halliwell initially joined the show as part of the Dingle family and was only initially supposed to appear for a few episodes, but has become a key part of the soap since his introduction. He has been nominated for several awards for his portrayal of Zak. Some of Zak's storylines have included his wife Nellie divorcing him in 1997, marrying Lisa Clegg in 1998, having a daughter, Belle in 1998, the death of his son, Butch in 2000, Lisa being raped in 2011, assaulting his son Cain and leaving him temporarily paralysed in 2011, suffering a mental breakdown in 2012, trying to control his rebellious daughter and dealing with the death of Lisa.
Lisa Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Jane Cox. Lisa's storylines include being raped by her colleague Derek Benrose, becoming a parent in later life, assaulting a police officer, suffering an angina attack, dealing with her daughter's psychosis and discovering that her husband Zak has fallen in love with their lodger Joanie Wright, which led to their divorce after 18 years of marriage. On 7 May 2018, the character left the village and Emmerdale confirmed Cox was taking a sabbatical from the show. Lisa returned on 8 March 2019, and revealed that she had been diagnosed with amyloidosis. Cox then announced that she had quit her role, and that Lisa would be killed off. Lisa made her final on-screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 24 May 2019. Cox briefly returned for voiceovers on 6 June 2019 and for several more in October and November 2020.
Sam Dingle is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by James Hooton.
Shadrach Dingle is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale. Played by Andy Devine, the character first appeared on-screen during the episode airing on 30 March 2000. Since early 2010 the character appeared from time to time on an episodic basis after Devine felt he could not keep up with the busy schedule. The character, who had alcohol-induced liver disease, was killed off on 23 July 2010 after collapsing into a river and drowning whilst attempting to retrieve some beer cans. He was written out of the show due to the actor's retirement at age 68. Shadrach made an unannounced return in a flashback to Cain's childhood on 17 November 2017.
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Charity Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Emma Atkins. Suranne Jones originally auditioned for the role of Charity, before Atkins was cast. The actress began filming her first scenes in February 2000, and she made her first screen appearance as Charity during the episode broadcast on 30 March 2000. Actress Mica Proctor played a young Charity in a flashback episode about the character's past, which aired on 29 May 2018.
Eli Dingle is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Joe Gilgun. He first appeared on screen in the episode which aired on 13 July 2006 and made his last appearance on 30 April 2010. He is the younger brother of Marlon Dingle.
Belle Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Eden Taylor-Draper. Belle made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 25 December 1998, and was originally played by twins Emily and James Mather, with the latter leaving the role in 2005. Belle has featured in various storylines throughout her time on the soap, such as falling down a mineshaft, killing her best friend Gemma Andrews, having an affair with doctor Jermaine Bailey, faking a pregnancy to prevent Jermaine from leaving after their affair is revealed, being diagnosed with schizophrenia, a relationship with Lachlan White which ends after discovering he is a serial killer and suffering mental health relapses.
Robert Andrew Wass, known professionally as Bobby Knutt, was an English actor and comedian. He was known throughout his acting career for appearing as Albert Dingle in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and in Coast to Coast, a film with Lenny Henry, and in his final years for the role of Eddie Dawson in the ITV sitcom Benidorm. Prior to making his name in British television, he had appeared in another ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, from 1980 to 1983 portraying Ron Sykes.
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