Emmerdale’s Zoe Henry discusses ‘learning curve’ of family life with Jeff Hordley
On Thursday’s episode of Lorraine, Ranvir Singh and Emmerdale actress Zoe Henry, who plays Rhona Goskirk in the popular ITV soap opera, spoke about the ongoing plot in which her character is taking care of her fiancé Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) after his stroke.
After talking about her professional life, Zoe shifted to her personal life with her husband and co-star Jeff Hordley and the recent allotment issues they had.
After talking about the soap opera’s 50th anniversary and how the Dingles have been the longest-running family on the program, the topic of Zoe’s life away from the soap opera came up.
And you’re married to a Dingle in real life, Ranvir exclaimed! In response, Zoe smiled and clarified: “He is not at all like a Dingle, try as he might. Oh my goodness, that picture is so old!”
Regarding the image of the couple that was displayed on TV, Ranvir continued: “No, I adore that image. You both seem to have rather green thumbs, don’t you?”
Zoe clarified: “We’ve been cultivating our own fruit and vegetables for 15 years, so we’re getting there; I would describe us as enthusiastic amateurs.
“We are by no means professionals, and last night we had to pull up our cucumbers since they failed for the second year in a row.
We are not particularly good at everything, but learning is a constant process.
When asked if viewers should have tissues on hand for the episodes airing on Thursday and Friday, Zoe teased: “I believe it’s going to be really emotional, very stressful.
It will be both heartwarming and enjoyable! There is a lot more going on tonight than simply Rhona and Marlon’s narrative. Therefore, watch it. A good hour of entertainment is anticipated.
Drama school brought Zoe and Jeff together for the first time in 1994, and they later got married in 2003.
Previously, she stated to Leeds Live: “At the drama school, we met. Our relationship dates back 28 years. We were together for ten years prior to that with the connection on set. In 1994, my partner and I met.
Violet and Stan are the couple’s children, and Zoe previously stated that they split parenting responsibilities as follows: “Together, we frequently learn new lines.
“Obviously, he’s managing everything since we have two children, two dogs, and an allotment. As I sort of start to slow down, [Jeff] is ready to get busy, so we’ll switch the baton at that point.”
Despite sharing a soap opera set, the characters of the duo hardly interact with one another and are rarely seen together.
“It just means we have a very distinct existence at work, and I believe we both accept that and like that,” she said when discussing their interaction on Lorraine.
Following a protracted and difficult journey together, Rhona and Marlon exchanged vows in poignant moments that have been airing over the past week.
Marlon struggled to stand up to exchange vows despite being in a wheelchair since having a terrible stroke earlier this year.
In contrast, Zoe refused to agree to altering Rhona’s name to Dingle because her husband’s role on the set required it.
She clarified: “Rhona has always chased after love, but her relationship with Marlon is different because the two of them have already overcome a lot of obstacles and have a long past.
“Leo, who has down syndrome, is another member of their group and will remain so forever. I don’t want to use the same last name as my fictional husband in the program.
“She never changed her name to Kirk or Harris, which I like. A little bit of Dingle stuff, but not too much, is okay with me. No drinking in wellies or such foolishness.”