Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle on the ITV soap EMMERDALE, has opened up about how he prepared for some of his most powerful and difficult scenes to date.
On Monday’s episode of This Morning, the Emmerdale star discussed his character’s upcoming heartbreaking storyline. The 53-year-old actor revealed that he requested that the crew cover the dressing room mirrors so that his character’s genuine reaction to seeing his face for the first time after a massive stroke could be captured on screen. The reaction that ITV viewers will see is “real,” according to Mark.
Mark, who has played Emmerdale’s chef Marlon for almost 26 years, isn’t usually a fan of “method” acting, but he’s decided to try it out in some upcoming heartbreaking scenes.
The actor told Phillip Schofield and Josie Gibson on The Morning about wearing prosthetics on set after his character suffered a stroke: “I’m not a method actor, but I requested that they cover all of the mirrors in makeup when they applied it.
“When we shot it, I wanted the viewers to see it the same way I did the first time I saw it.
“It made an impression on me. You know, the reaction that viewers will see tonight is genuine.”
Marlon will soon become gravely ill after he and Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) propose to each other on the ITV soap, as their happy moment turns into heartbreak.
Marlon’s face is one of the first signs that he’s had a stroke, and the storyline will last months as he and his new fiancée come to terms with his condition.
Mark collaborated closely with the Stroke Association to ensure that the scenes are as accurate as possible to real-life stroke survivors’ experiences.
As he navigated the scenes, he was assisted by Nick Hounsfield, a real-life stroke survivor.
Mark went on to say: “It’s not just stroke victims who become caregivers overnight; it’s also the people around them.
“Suddenly, their lives are turned upside down. There’s a genuine sense of community about it.”
While there will be some “heavy” episodes in the coming weeks, Mark admitted that there will be some “light” moments as well.
“It’s not as if people’s sense of humour has vanished. There’s a lot of love and light in this story, and it’s very humane “Added he.
“Where the light shines, there is hope for the future and recovery.”
The quick thinking of Marlon’s daughter April Windsor (Amelia Flanagan) ultimately saves his life.
An emergency thrombectomy, one of two options available to those who have had a stroke, must be performed on the character.
Mark continued, ” “Time is crucial, and the acronym FAST – which is critical if someone is having a stroke – is crucial.
“It refers to drooping of the face, arm weakness, speech difficulties, and the time it takes to dial 999.”
“It makes a huge difference when a patient is treated in under four hours.”
Emmerdale fans will have to wait and see how Marlon and his family deal with the situation in the coming months.