From directing films to local Sunday lunches…

Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt, better known to soap fans as Paddy Kirk, has been on our screens as the Dales’ resident vet for more than twenty years. With his ability to portray both comedy and drama with ease, Dominic has become a much-loved part of soapland.

But what makes the man behind Paddy Kirk tick? We have done some digging to find out…

1. He’s a self-confessed zombie addict

Dominic Brunt as Paddy

How Paddy might look in Emmerdale if he saw a Zombie!

While there might be a fair bit of doom and gloom in Emmerdale, that’s nothing in comparison to what Dominic likes to watch in his spare time. He’s a huge horror film fan, in particular he’s partial to a zombie or two. In fact, he is such a huge fan that he’s run the Leeds Zombie Film Festival with Emmerdale co star Mark Charnok (Marlon Dingle) for years. He told thisishorror.co.uk “I’m the biggest nerd when it comes to horror films. I’m also an avid comic book reader, too, so I have all my geek credentials unapologetically in tact.”

2. Dominic’s a film director

Following on from his love of all things horrors themed, Dominic has also released three films that he has either directed or produced, or both. Bait, Attack of the Adult Babies and Before Dawn have all been big hits in the horror world, and in the latter film Dominic even starred in alongside his wife and writer, Joanne Mitchell.

3. He’s faced tough times as a parent

Filming the heart-wrenching scenes in Emmerdale that saw Paddy and Chas lose their baby daughter must have rung all too true for the actor. When his little boy, Danny, was just eight months old he had to undergo life saving surgery after being diagnosed with a heart condition. Thankfully he pulled through and these days is a healthy football-mad nine-year-old boy. Dominic recently told mirror.co.uk: “He’s fine now and healthier than me or you, ­absolutely rocking. It is incredible what they can do.”

4. He’s best friends with his co-stars

'The Big Soap Quiz' TV Series - 05 Jan 2018

Emmerdale buddies Dominic Brunt and Mark Charnock with Stephen Mulhern on ITV’s The Big Soap Quiz

As well as being the best of friends with Mark Charnock, who Emmerdale fans will know as Marlon Dingle, Dominic is also good friends with his on-screen love interest, Lucy Pargeter, who plays Chas Dingle. He told us: “We’ve always been friends; Lucy has been round to my house to visit my family, and I’ve been round to hers, so we know everything about each other”.

5. He thinks winning an award will jinx his job

Dominic is terrified that if he ever wins an award for his acting on Emmerdale, it might lead to him losing his job! He recently told metro.co.uk “I’ve had a job for 21 years without a single award so I’m obviously not getting employed because of awards, so I don’t want to jinx it by winning one!”

6. Dominic is a proud Yorkshire man

Dominic Brunt as Paddy

The early days: Dominic as Paddy

Despite being born in Lancashire, Dominic has lived in Yorkshire for longer than he hasn’t, and he couldn’t be more passionate about the place he lives. Not only does he rave about the beauty of the countryside, he also enjoys Sunday lunches at the local pubs, and likes to by locally sourced food, getting his meat, vegetables and milk from his community shop down the road.

7. He’s a keen walker

With a hectic filming schedule like Dominic has at Emmerdale, it’s important to find some time to relax. The actor recently told yorkshirepost.co.uk that he unwinds by walking his pet dogs… “We walk the dogs a lot. There’s a huge sprawling moorland directly above us which stretches over to Haworth. They say in London you’re never more than 6ft away from a rat but in Yorkshire, you’re never more than 20 minutes away from the most beautiful places on this earth.”

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Main Dominic Brunt pic Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock, Big Soap Quiz and Emmerdale pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock