Emmerdale’s Paddy Kirk opens up about filming emotional scenes

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Emmerdale fans have been left heartbroken after beloved vet Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) almost took his own life after the breakdown of his marriage to Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter). While Paddy is far from his usual self as he heals from his ordeal, actor Dominic told Express.co.uk that he enjoys filming the more serious scenes.

He said: “It has been really good to be given these storylines because I was always the light-hearted character.

“I think with what Emmerdale has become, it would have been very easy to leave some of the regulars behind as being what Emmerdale was then. We have been really lucky to continue to be written for.

“I do [enjoy the emotional scenes] I think it is all light and shade.

“I like being able to do the comedy stuff and the lighter side of it, but I really like the intensity of the more serious storylines and I like being trusted to carry them.”

Dominic also credited the brilliant actresses he has worked alongside during his 25 years on the soap.

He continued: “I’ve been very lucky over the years, I’ve always had really good female partners to work with like Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle) and Zoe Henry (Rhona Goskirk).

“I think me and Lucy [Pargeter] have been working together for seven, eight or nine years on and off.

“So I have been dead lucky in that way because they are brilliant, absolutely brilliant actors.”

It comes after Dominic was forced to defend Lucy when online trolls targeted her over the affair storyline.

The trolling escalated so badly that Dominic stepped in and said: “Wow!! People still being pretty damned cruel and personal towards my dear friend @lucyparge.

“IT’S A STORY. Lucy has selflessly played this story for all its worth, knowing she/Chas would be disrespected and insulted on social media, and STILL hit all the beats. Amazing actress.”

Former Emmerdale actor Danny Miller, who once played Lucy’s on-screen son Aaron Dingle, was also fiercely protective of his fictional mum, describing her as “incredible”.

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Reposting Dominic’s tweet, he replied: “Couldn’t agree more. @dominicbrunt and @lucyparge are two of THE best. I learnt everything from them.

“Including expecting backlash from people who can’t separate fiction and reality. Lucy is incredible at her job and deserves all the plaudits. As Lucy AND Chas.”

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV.

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