Updated 20th May 2004
Marlon Sebastian Dingle
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First Appearance: 17 October 1996 -
Born: 23 March 1974
Job: Found his vocation as a chef at Eric Pollard's wine bar. Ran Chez Marlon restaurant until he quit recently.
In May 2002 he won £15,000 on a lottery scratch card but by October 2002 it seems to have all but gone.
Marlon's beloved wife Tricia is in Bollywood fulfilling her dream career as an actress leaving Marlon home alone and missing her desperately.
The kindly cook has always been a good friend to those close to him and this week he provides a shoulder to cry on for heartbroken cousin Charity. After her husband Chris Tate's violent death and attempt to frame her for murder, Charity is in trouble and Marlon is quick to reassure her.
But as the night wears on both lonely souls find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other and the large amount of alcohol they have consumed fuels their ardour.
Actor Mark Charnock explains, "Like a typical man, Marlon is probably getting paranoid about what Tricia is up to. She's been away for a while and Marlon imagines she's surrounded by good looking men in Bollywood.
"Charity and Marlon drown their sorrows and basically he gets drunk and then he gets seduced. He wakes up in the morning and he is absolutely mortified - completely full of horror."
Will the lusty pair be able to keep their fling underwraps?
Sun to Fri - ITV1
AS if sleeping with one of her cousins wasn’t bad enough, Charity spends the night with another one!
This time, it’s lonely Marlon who drunkenly succumbs to Charity’s charms as he comforts her after she is arrested for murdering her husband Chris - though Marlon bitterly regrets it once he sobers up.
When Charity is accused of killing Chris, she denies the charge, laying the blame on ex-lover Cain. She is freed and the police focus on finding Cain, but the experience leaves her shaken.
"Charity is not thinking straight at all," says Emma Atkins, who plays mixed-up Mrs Tate. "In just a few days, her life has collapsed. She has lost her home, her husband and she faces losing her liberty."
Charity is absolutely terrified when she’s arrested and she has no choice but to give Cain up.
"She blames him for it all," says Emma. "If he hadn’t started the affair, Chris would be alive and she’d still be the lady of Home Farm. Now she has nothing and is living in a nightmare.
"Marlon offers her a shoulder to cry on. But with his wife Tricia away, he is lonely and one thing leads to another as they drink to try to forget their troubles."
The pair share a passionate embrace, then sleep together. Later, Marlon is racked with guilt.
"He can’t believe what he has done, but Charity isn’t interested in his guilt. She tells him it was just a drunken fling and that he should get over it," says Emma.
"Marlon moans that she seduced him but Charity couldn’t care less about his feelings. She has much bigger worries of her own."
Out with the old and in with the new takes on an ominous
meaning for the big three soaps with their sensational New Year
episodes. There are two weddings, two crashes and a thundering
storm that bring danger and devastation, with one star dying,
three others seriously injured and so many walking wounded that
you’ll probably be glad you saw it all from the safety
of your armchair.
Absolutely fantastic. Exactly on the 10th anniversary of that plane coming down on the village, a natural disaster hits the Dales. And the raging storm that uproots trees, cuts off the electricity and sends the roof of the Woolpack crashing down on dopey Donna’s 18th birthday party, is responsible for the human carnage. But the howling wind, thunderclaps and torrential rain are also the backdrop to some serious emotional devastation and desolation. And you will cry.
In some incredibly moving scenes, Marlon tries to persuade her to stay and even buys her a puppy and writes her a letter with 101 reasons why he loves her. But, over New Year’s Eve and Day, the full force of the storm hits Tateville. Ashley and Louise crash and the vicar is in danger of losing a leg. Then Trish is buried in masonry as the Woolie is struck by lightning – and Marlon’s bricking it, too.
The effects are spectacular and the acting superb as Emmerdale proves it will maintain its standards of excellence into 2004. And, best of all, there is also the usual humour to counterpoint the poignancy of Marlon cradling his beloved wife.
“I’m never going away anymore,” she promises, grimacing from her injuries. “Look what happens.”
But Marlon should remember that a dog is for life and, sadly, one person is about to lose theirs.
ITV.COM The Last Goodbye
Sun to Fri - ITV1
THE village is still reeling from the aftermath of the terrible New Year storm.
While Ashley and Louise are now out of danger after their car accident, Marlon refuses to accept that his beloved wife Tricia is brain-dead.
But gradually the grim truth that Tricia will never recover from her injuries sinks in, and Marlon allows the life-support machine to be switched off.
"He is heartbroken," says Mark Charnock, who plays the distraught chef. "He loved Tricia very much and I don’t think he’ll ever really get over it."
It’s a heartrending week, as Tricia’s grieving granddad Turner and mum Steph look on while Marlon suffers. At first, he chats away to Tricia and won’t accept the diagnosis.
"Marlon storms out when the doctors say there’s no hope for Tricia," says Mark. "He doesn’t want to hear it. He brings in toys and CDs to snap her out of it.
"He even brings in their wedding album. Terry tries to make Marlon see sense, but he refuses to listen."
Steph pleads with the doctors for more time. And Marlon slowly realises just what is happening.
"It’s so sad," says Mark. "Marlon lies down next to Tricia and cries. Then he tells Turner that Tricia is not coming back."
Marlon wanders round the village alone before he agrees to let his wife die.
"Tricia’s organs are used in a transplant and the hospital
calls to say the operation went well," says Mark. "Marlon
breaks down in floods of tears. It’s the worst week of his
As the residents of Emmerdale begin to pick up the
pieces following the massive storm on New Year's Eve, Marlon Dingle
faces a nightmare week.
ITV.COM The Worst Of Times
Taken from the emmerdale companion by Anthony Hayward (1998)
|Leaving religious orders to join the unholy alliance of the Dingles was not a totally unlikely move for actor Mark Charnock, who played novice Brother Oswin alongside Derek Jacobi in the television series Cadfael before acting in Emmerdale. 'As Cadfael's nerdy sidekick, I provided the comic relief, says Mark. 'Cadfael was surrounded by all thes horrible monks. I was the one geeky innocent he could confide in. Doing that programme was fantastic job because it was filmed in Hungary.|
|'I had wanted to be a director at school but switched to acting at university. I saw Derck Jacobi in Cyrano de Bergerac on television just as I was leaving school and his performance blew my head off. I thought if I could even approach something like that it was worth trying for. Then, of course, I was lucky enough to work with him in Cadfael - it was like working with my hero.'|
|But Mark had to turn down a further series of Cadfael when he landed the role of Butch Dingle's cousin, Marlon - son of Butch's Uncle Albert - in Emmerdale. 'I got an audition after Sue Jackson, the casting director, and Mervyn Watson, the producer, saw me in a Chekhov play, Wild Honey, in Scarborough that was directed by Alan Ayckbourn.|
|'Marlon was described to me as an Adonis and originally the idea had been to look for some hunk. But they changed their minds and decided they wanted someone a little bit quirky and arrogant, who thinks he is a ladies' man but isn't. He is a complete plonker! I usually play the nerd - now I'm playing the cocky nerd. But Marlon comes up with a lot of scams. He's a little sharper than the rest of the Dingles, certainly sharper than Butch. Paul Loughran and I became a double~act as Butch and Marlon. I'm the ideas man.'|
|Married with a young son, Mark - who come from Bolton - graduated from Hull University and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London 'When I left,' he recalls, 'nothing happened - there was no work. A lot of people had warned me about that. I felt, "I can't live like this, waiting for a job to come along."|
|'But then I landed a couple of television parts, one in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries and one in the sitcom 2point4 Children, as a thick bloke called Duane in a nice scene with Belinda Lang. I later worked on stage with Belinda and a great cast that included Una Stubbs in An Ideal Husband, at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.' Mark subsequently acted for two seasons at Oldham Coliseum and landed two bitparts in Coronation Street, as a policeman arresting Derek Wilton at the Red Rec where someone believed him to be the 'phantom flasher', and as a pizza delivery boy. He also played a policeman in EastEnders, as well as appearing in Watching and Waitingfor God.|
|Now he is getting used to acting in a long running serial. 'Soap is a funny opportunity for an actor,' says Mark. 'In most jobs, such as in stage plays or Cadfael, the story begins and ends. But soap is as close to life as you can get - it goes on and on. No one knows what's going to happen. It's something that evolves over time.'|
|Football is to Mark what meatballs are to Marlon - the staple ingredient
of life. His passion for the sport and, more particularly, Manchester
United, go way back.
"My parents are from Bolton," says Mark. "But it was my uncles who were into football and they were insane United fans. They used to collect all the stickers and newspaper cuttings to make scrap books.
"Basically they brainwashed me from a very, very early age! Then, when I was a young teenager, they got me a season ticket as a birthday present."
Mark's early memories are of a team managed by Dave Sexton, or Ron Atkinson and captained by Bryan Robson, or Ray Wilkins. He still tries to go to most home matches.
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