Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley’s surprising back-up career incase acting work dries up

Emmerdale actor Jeff Hordley has admitted having a surprising back-up plan in case he ever leaves his iconic portrayal of Cain Dingle.

He appeared on Lorraine on Tuesday morning to talk about his "very complex" character and his current storyline about dealing with his mum Faith's terminal cancer.

But as he chatted with Lorraine Kelly, Jeff was asked about his passion for DJing – with the actor confirming he still keeps his hand with it, and even has a gig lined up this week.

Speaking to the TV host, he said: "I’m doing something in Manchester, in Chorlton, this Thursday. It’s called One Deck Wednesday – but actually it’s on a Thursday – so that will be good."

He added that he can 'play what [he] wants' during his set, and that he plays a variety of music from soul, to funk, to reggae, as well as "old 60s stuff and lots of great beats".

He added: "That has been my out of work acting job – we were talking just earlier about being an actor, you always need something else. And DJing was always mine."

With Lorraine replying: "Just in case because you never know", as he joked: "Still might be!"

The actor has played Cain Dingle for 22 years, and he acknowledged this incredible feat during the interview.

He said: "I’ve been lucky, I’ve been blessed. I remember starting years ago and thinking, “Well, I won’t be getting a mortgage!” After about two years of acting I thought, “Well, this is going to be tough!”"

Jeff also added that the Emmerdale cast "roughly" know what's happening for the soap's 50th anniversary in October, but that the actors were "always the last to know".

He also spoke about being "upset" at losing co-star Sally Dexter, who plays Cain's mum, Faith, as her exit from the soap slowly approaches after joining the cast back in 2017.

He said: "I’m mesmerised watching her, she’s so good and she’s such a joy to work with, such a great human being and I’m so sad that we’re losing her."

Speaking to TV Times, Sally admitted she related to Faith’s emotional storyline as she will be saying goodbye to the character and the soap.

"Some of the script reflects how I feel – she's hurtling towards her end and I'm hurtling towards the end of my time in Emmerdale,” she explained.

Sally described the departure as “devastating” as she is leaving behind “extraordinary” colleagues who she loves working with.

"Even though I think it's the right thing, it's quite devastating because I'm going to leave behind people I really care about, like Jeff [Hordley], Lucy [Pargeter] and Natalie [J Robb].

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

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