Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle in the ITV soap EMMERDALE, has spoken out about almost abandoning his acting career.
Before his character Cain Dingle was written out of the ITV soap, Jeffy Hordley made his first appearance in Emmerdale in 2006. He returned in 2009, however, and has been at the center of numerous dramatic storylines since then.
Finding out that his uncle Zak (played by Steve Halliwell) was his biological father was one of Jeff’s main plotlines.
He was also Debbie’s (Charley Webb) father, and he had a relationship with his cousin Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins).
Jeff is a DJ and an avid gardener when he’s not acting. He recently filmed a show for CBBC with his wife Zoe Henry, who plays Rhona Goskirk in Emmerdale.
Despite spending a large portion of his career as Cain, Jeff admitted that if he had to start over, it would be difficult.
Jeff told Mik Artistik, a friend and Emmerdale extra, in his Ego Podcast that if he were 21 now and had to start over, it would be very different.
“I believe it would be much more difficult,” the actor began. “There appears to be pressure, at least among some of the younger actors who enter the TV industry.
“It’s all about social media, so there’s a lot of it. That is, to generate interest in yourself and raise your profile.
“And for me, that sits…I don’t really like all of that kind of side of it.”
He continued: “So, to have to try and feel like I need to get on that otherwise I might not be helping my career.
“It would bother me a lot, and I’d probably want to get away from it,” the Cain Dingle star continued.
“As a result, I may not have been as successful as I am now, but I was fortunate to have had these years.”
The 51-year-old went on to say that he had a “tough two years” that he hadn’t previously discussed.
“I had two years where I was ready to give up,” Jeff continued.
“There wasn’t much work in my first two years of acting after graduating from drama school.
“It was because of my wife Zoe, my mother, and my uncle Jon, who said, “You’ve worked three years at drama school, why are you quitting?”
“I was just fed up with sitting around on my backside doing nothing.”
Jeff admitted that at one point in his career, he was more interested in DJing than acting.
“Now that I think about it, I think ‘you should have enjoyed that more,'” he said.
“I was too preoccupied with wanting to be an actor, but now I get to DJ once in a while.”
Cain was attempting to win over Kyle Winchester (Huey Quinn) in Jeff’s current storyline after his son admitted to being afraid of him.
In Friday’s episode, the bad boy dressed up as a superhero and paraded around the village in costume.
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