Dominic Brunt reveals Frank Tate legend Norman Bowler is behind Paddy’s long Emmerdale stay
After 25 years on the program, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) has established himself as a television legend, but it might have ended much sooner if Norman Bowler, who plays Frank Tate, hadn’t stepped in.
According to recent revelations by actor Dominic Brunt, his original contract called for just eight episodes in which vet Paddy would fill in for Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell) while she was away.
‘I watched eight episodes, and on the final day, Frank Tate’s former actor Norman Bowler inquired, ‘Have you enjoyed yourself?” Dominic elucidated.
I expressed my affection for it and my wish to remain a little longer. He then instructed me to proceed upstairs, knock on the producer’s door, and inform them of the situation as it is.
Fortunately, Dominic found the fortitude to heed the respected actors’ counsel and was quickly re-written into the program.
I was so anxious that I didn’t believe it was my place. Still, I did it. In a conversation with The Mirror, he stated that four months later they had “written me back in.”
Dominic made the right choice, as evidenced by the fact that he later took part in some of Emmerdale’s most significant plotlines.
Most recently, he was in the spotlight for a story that focused on the mental health of guys.
When beloved character Paddy reached his lowest point and thought about trying suicide, his best buddy Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and wife Chas (Lucy Pargeter), saved him.
Since then, he has been making important choices for his future, such as notifying Chas that their relationship is over after she had an affair with Al Chapman.
Although the character was killed off in 1997, Frank Tate’s name is also being mentioned elsewhere.
After recently being identified as Frank Tate’s son, newcomer Caleb Milligan (Will Ash) has devised a scheme to depose Kim Tate (Claire King) and claim what is rightfully his.