Created 23rd October 2002
Updated 29th September 2004
Appeared: Never Seen
Played by: N/A
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It should be noted that from May 1995-September 2004 Emmerdale/Yorkshire Television and its Parent company ITV have continually denied all existence of Nathan Dingle. Referring in many scripts to Zak and Nellie Dingle only have "four children."
Nathan isn't mentioned in any scripts, no official books or official family trees acknowledge him. As a result Emmerdale.org believe that he was only referred to once in a script on or around 23 May 1995 and then the story makers decided to change their minds.
Nahan ran off and married in circa 1989. So he must have been at least 16, but more likely 17 or 18.
From grave stones we know that Butch was born in 1972 and Ben in 1974.
Tina made a reference to a brother Nathan who lived in Londan and the family hadn't spoken to him in about six years in the 23rd May 1995 episode
They fell out at his wedding following a family row.
It would appear until 27th September 2004 the Emmerdale scriptwriters had forgotten all about Nathan. A throw away comment made by Tina Dingle (played by Jacqueline Pirie) in May 1995 seemed all Dingle followers had anything to go on.
Just as quicly as Nathan had appeared in a script as another child of Zak and Nellie, he was as quickly denied, forgotten etc. Indeed only weeks after mention of him, Zak and Nellie were making it quite clear they only had four children in more than one script.
Zak & Nellie's four children - Ben, Butch, Tina and Sam - have since become the only children the scriptwriters, the producers, the official books and even fans acknowledge. However is this all about to change?
On Monday 27th/Tuesday 28th September 2004 the official ITV Soap web sitewww.itv.com/soaps/ ran a feature on the Dingles. It included the following paragraph :-
Perhaps just another throw a comment, perhaps the information has been taken from this site or perhaps plans are afoot to introduce him into scripts and ultimately introduce him.
So Dingle fans keep listening to those scrips and watch this space as we will keep you up to date.