Updated 20th June 2003

Steve Marchant

Paul Opacic

IMDB entry for: Paul Opacic

Appeared: 25 March 1996-April 1996, August 1996-January 1999

A Huge Big Thank you to Paul Berridge who has made various profiles and photos availabe to me. They were previously on his Beckindale site (that is no more). This is one of those profiles - although the coloured boxes have been added.


Paul Opacic, who played Steve Marchant once chatted up Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses. He played a gay set designer, with bleached hair and tight leather trousers.

His latest role has been in series' 3 & r of ITV1's Bad Girls.

Failed businessman Steve Marchant married Ex-Lady of the Manor, Kim Tate on May 7th 1998.
Emmerdale's Steve Marchant was last seen languishing in jail after his cunning wife, Kim, let him take the rap for a massive fraud. Paul Opacic, who played the duped playboy, can now be seen in episodes of Heartbeat. However, in the 18 months since leaving Emmerdale, Paul has hardly been idle.

"I've been travelling a lot with my wife, Maggie - Egypt, New York and the south of France - we basically bummed around for a few months," admits Paul "I made a rather dreadful American B movie which, while it was rubbish, did pay very well!"

Returning home to London after their travels, Paul and Magg'e decided it was time for a bit of a change.

"We chose to move out of London and we've bought a 100-year-old house in Yorkshire which we've been doing up," smiles Paul, who hails from Halifax. "We wanted more space and we found we really couldn't get that much for our money in London.

Yorkshire's where Maggie and I are both originally from and where we both know and love."

And the move was certainly a fortuitous one, as Pauls new role places him in the North, playing Graham Rysinski - a lecturer who fails for Heartbeats nurse, Maggie Bolton (Kazia Pelka).

"My main function is to be Maggie's way out of Aidensfield," explains Paul. "Kazia had decided to leave and they needed a good way to write her out, I can't say what happens but there's a bit of conflict between us!"

And while the actor looks back with fondness on his Emmerdale role, he is happy that he quit the show when he did.

"It was a huge thing for me to leave," he admits. "I questioned all the lime whether I was doing the right thing, but if I'd stayed any longer I could have been typecast. Anyway, Steve had gone soft by the end he turned into a wimp! When he first arrived he was a lad who had It all - the car, the girls, the money and the attitude. Then he got in with that Kim Tate and fell to, her like all the rest! So although I haven't worked a great deal since, I don't have any regrets."

Paul still keeps in touch with Claire King, who played Kim, and Peter Amory, who plays Chris Tate, but his best friend was recently starring on the other side of the Pennines. Paul met Paul Fox - last seen playing Corrie's fool for love Mark Redman - when he starred in Emmerdale as Will Cairns. During their days on the show together the two Pauls shared a house in Leeds and Paul Fox often comes to stay at the Opacics 'new home.
"Despite an age gap of about 14 years, we just hit it off straight away," says Paul. "That's possibly because I'm at the same level of maturity as Foxy! He's definitely my best mate in the business."

Paul's plans for the future are very open at the moment, but he doesn't rule out a return to Emmerdale.

"We'll see what comes along workwise," he muses. "I am happier, in a way, since I left Emmerdale but I did enjoy myself. It was left open, so Steve could always get parole and get out of prison earlier. I wouldn't mind returning as long as it's back to the original Steve, the go-getter."

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