Everything you need to know about Emmerdale’s Reece Dinsdale including his actress wife

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Reece Dinsdale has been involved in some dark storylines since joining Emmerdale as character Paul Ashdale in April 2020.

The soap star turned up in the Yorkshire Dales as the former boyfriend of Mandy Dingle and the real father of Vinny Dingle, who was raised by Mandy when Paul left them.

But Emmerdale fans were left shocked on Thursday night when the soap villain met his grisly death in a huge barn explosion.

The much-anticipated episode saw Liv Flaherty confront Paul about his abuse of son Vinny which he eventually admitted to before beating her on the floor.

Meanwhile Jimmy King crashed into the barn which set the building on fire and caused a huge beam to trap Paul in the inferno.

But Emmerdale is also not Reece's first taste of soaps, as he previously appeared in Coronation Street as Michelle Keegan's onscreen dad Joe McIntyre.

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What has Reece Dinsdale appeared in before?

Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the familiar face of actor Reece when he arrived in Emmerdale in April as newcomer Paul.

But he also played Tina McIntyre's (Michelle Keegan) dad on Corrie between 2008 and 2010.

Gail Platt's husband battled debt in the soap and was killed off as he tried to fake his own death.

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Who plays Paul Ashdale in Emmerdale?

Paul Ashdale is played by Reece Dinsdale, a Yorkshire actor born in 1959, and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Reece kickstarted his career in TV and dabbled in theatre, moving between the two as he secured roles on stage and screen.

The actor was also cast in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Hamlet, and acted opposite Dame Julie Walters in ITV drama Ahead of Its Class.

In 2008 Corrie fan Reece arrived on the cobbles and was said to be impressed with his onscreen daughter Michelle Keegan who he acted alongside.

He said back in 2009: "My reason for joining was 90 per cent because of Michelle. I was watching the show one night and I saw her. I turned to my wife and said, 'That girl is brilliant'. The next day my agent rang and asked if I fancied playing Tina's dad – it was meant to be."

He's already directed episodes of Emmerdale, and has appeared in Waterloo Road, Spooks, Silent Witness and Taggart.

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Who is Reece Dinsdale's wife?

Reece Dinsdale is married to Zara Turner an actress from Northern Ireland. The couple live in Yorkshire with their two children, daughter Elwy, 19, son, Luca, 16, dog Nelly and cat RuSmall.

Born in Belfast in 1968, Zara is perhaps most recognisable for her role in iconic movie Sliding Doors, where she played Anna alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah.

Zara then went on to star alongside John Hannah again in TV series McCallum.

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