Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley speaks out over Cain Dingle's dark new Joe Tate story

Emmerdale rogue Cain Dingle has been left with a death on his conscience after the dramatic events of Thursday night’s episodes (October 11).

Cain believes he’s killed Joe Tate after punching him and causing him to hit his head on a rock. Unbeknown to him, Graham Foster has seemingly finished off the job in secret after Joe’s finger was seen twitching in the aftermath.

Here, Jeff Hordley – who plays Cain – reveals why he’s pleased to be playing his character’s darkest storyline yet.

How will Cain cope with the thought that he’s killed Joe?

“It’s new territory for me, so it’s been nice to play something different. When you stay in a soap, it’s like an onion and there’s so many layers to get to with the character. At the same time, there are also stories that repeat but just with different people.

“The great thing about this particular story for me is that, believe it or not, Cain has never murdered anybody so this is totally new ground.”

We saw Moira have a breakdown when she killed Emma. Do you think Cain will react in a different way?

“I think you’ll see a different side to him. You see elements of that.”

Does Cain confide in anyone about what’s happened?


It seems that Graham finished Joe off after his finger twitched. Are you glad that Cain seemingly didn’t kill Joe? Would that have changed things for the character?

“I’d rather Cain hasn’t killed him, but I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t think anybody knows where that’s going, as to whether Joe is alive or Joe is dead. Even his finger twitching could have just been Joe’s dying twitch!

“Personally I’d rather Cain didn’t kill him, because it would mean maybe that might be the end of the character. What happens in the land of soap is that people who kill always get their comeuppance, so it could be the end of my character as we speak.”

Moira’s still in the show, though!

“Yeah, Moira’s alright, isn’t she? And I think Robert Sugden did something, didn’t he?

“That’s again the nature of being in a long-running show, you’re at the mercy of the writers and they lead you down paths that you might personally not want to go down, but you have to invest in the stories that you’re being given and play them the best you can.”

How would Cain react if he found out that Graham actually committed the murder?

“If that happens, then that’s setting something up, isn’t it? I think they’re setting up Cain and Graham to circle one another. They’re similar beasts really, so I think that would be a great story. But who would come out of that one alive, I don’t know.”

Have you been thinking about who’d win in a Cain vs Graham showdown?

“I hadn’t until we got to this point, because I’ve not really worked with Andrew Scarborough. I remember doing his screen test and just going: ‘Wow, he’s absolutely brilliant’. But until this point, we’ve not really done anything together. Graham is a very different adversary for Cain.”

How will Cain keep on top of this situation?

“In the current dynamic, Graham’s very much got the upper hand, so Cain is on the back foot a lot and Graham is taking control of the situation. It’s territory that I’m not used to being in. Cain likes to be in control, but he’s really out of his depth here.”

Can you tell us about Ned’s leaving party?

“There were a few of us there and it was really good. He’s such a great lad and we all wish him well. It’s been great fun working with Ned, he’s been a great addition to the show. He’s a brilliant all rounder. He’s a great actor and a great guy, so it’s a shame he’s gone, but people have to go on and be actors and do other jobs.”

Is there a chance Joe is not really dead?

“He might have gone to a special military hospital! (Laughs.)”

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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