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Emmerdale’s Paddy Kirk star Dominic Brunt announces career move away from ITV soap


Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt has announced a career change after being a familiar face in the Dales for 25 years.

Dominic plays Paddy Kirk on the ITV soap, who is a firm fan favourite in the Dales and is known as the loveable village vet. But actor Dominic has been nurturing a secret passion for horror and zombie films.

And now the 52 year old soap star is directing a new horror film Wolf Manor.

Sharing the news recently, he tweeted: “A bit of news. We wrapped on our new feature film ‘Wolf Manor’ over the weekend.



Dominic Brunt has announced a shocking career change after 25 years on the Dales
Dominic Brunt has announced a shocking career change after 25 years on the Dales

“It’s a werewolf film and you’re going to love it. If you follow us @wolfmanorfilm we’ll follow you back straight away. Thank you.”

While Dominic is directing the film it hasn’t stopped the actor making a cameo appearance as a cannibal named Podge.

His character will easily be recognisable through the chainsaw he carries.

The scary movie will hit theatres on Friday 21 September, just before Emmerdale starts its celebrations for its 50th anniversary.

Reflecting on the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations and how it’s made him think about the past, Dominic recently said he couldn’t believe how quickly his time on the soap had gone.

He told Metro: “I saw a picture the other day for the 25th anniversary and I’m in the picture, and I just think, ‘Oh my god! 25 years ago? It feels like seven!’

“Your life just flashes along so quickly, but I’ve been so lucky – God knows how many bullets I’ve dodged in that.



Paddy is a fan favourite on the soap, having been on the Dales for 25 years
Paddy is a fan favourite on the soap, having been on the Dales for 25 years



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Dominic went on to thank soap bosses for the amazing storylines he’s been involved in, including his best friend Marlon Dingle’s (Mark Charnock) heartbreaking stroke.

Concluding that he can’t imagine his life without the ITV soap and his alter-ego, Dominic said: “I absolutely love that job to pieces. I can’t explain to you what it means to me.

“If I was to go tomorrow though, I wouldn’t complain because I’ve had 25 amazing years – but long may it continue.”

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