EMMERDALE actor Dominic Brunt, who plays beloved vet Paddy Kirk, has paid a sweet tribute to his co-star as they compete for the same soap award.
Paddy Kirk, an Emmerdale veteran, isn’t having a great time lately, especially since his love Chas Dingle, played by Luy Pargeter, is having an affair with Al Chapman behind his back (Michael Wildman). The ITV soap opera character Paddy, who has had bad luck in love, also had a failed marriage to salon owner Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley). Paddy and Mandy have stayed friends since their breakup and occasionally confide in one another.
The soap opera favorites have, however, spoken up about what it’s like to collaborate in a recent interview.
After being nominated for the same Inside Soap Award, the pair also talked about whether they felt competitive with one another.At this year’s awards presentation, Dominic and Lisa have both been nominated for Best Comic Performance.
The two are competing against Jimmi Harkishin and Maureen Lipman of Coronation Street, Brian Conley and Tameka Empson of EastEnders, and Chelsee Healey and Jessamy Stoddart of Hollyoaks.
Instead of being competitive, it turns out that the two are actually rooting for one another to succeed.
Dominic added in praise of his co-star, “I’m telling everyone on social media to vote for Lisa because she’s just wonderful.
He continues by describing what it was like to work with Lisa: “You could be as outraged as you wanted when I initially arrived in the 1990s; it was undoubtedly more extreme. We were never told to make it less intense.”
Lisa commented, “Back then, it was more like a Carry-On movie,” and continued, “Paddy bought Mandy a piglet, which we had in bed with us.”
Added the Mandy Dingle star: “I really want him to understand it. I watch like a proud mother.”
Earlier this year, Lisa spoke about her impending narrative during an appearance on Loose Women.
She also hinted that Paddy and her character would get back together.
When asked about her plot, Lisa responded, “There is going to be someone very significant involved that people love seeing Mandy with, and that’s Paddy.
Before Coleen retorted, “I love Mandy and Paddy,” Lisa said, “You’re going to witness a lot of growth this week.”
Lisa was then asked to recall some of her favorite memories from Emmerdale by Linda Robson.
She said, “You’ve just hit the nail there with Mandy and Paddy.” We were extremely fortunate, Linda. When Paddy learned that Mandy had an affair with her father’s male nurse, Lisa recalled, “we were asked to do the first-ever two-hander episode, which was my original exit.”
“It was unbelievable that the producers trusted us to execute a two-hander show.”
Before getting married to Paddy, Mandy, played by Lisa, wed her own cousin Butch Dingle (Paul Loughran) in 1998.
She did, however, leave the soap two years following her divorce from Paddy before coming back 20 years later.