One of Emmerdale's most beloved characters, Marlon Dingle, is coming to terms with the devastating stroke that has affected everyone around him.
The tragic storyline kicked off on Monday (March 21) and showed the Woolpack chef being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment after collapsing at home.
In upcoming episodes, viewers will see Dingle's loved ones – including girlfriend Rhona, daughter April and best friend Paddy – learn to cope with the aftermath, as the character deals with the impact of his diagnosis.
With the heartbreaking storyline set to unfold over the next months, here's a look at Marlon actor Mark Charnock's net worth and long soap career.
How long has Mark Charnock played Marlon Dingle?
Mark has played Marlon on Emmerdale for over 25 years, making his first appearance in 1996.
The character has been married four times during his time on the show – to Tricia Dingle (Sheree Murphy), Donna Windsor (Verity Rushworth), Laurel Thomas ( Charlotte Bellamy) and Jessie Grant (Sandra Davies) – though all his marriages have ended badly.
He is also father to two children, April Windsor and Leo Goskirk, while his on-off relationship Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) since 2009 had finally resulted in a proposal, just before his heartbreaking stroke.
What is Mark Charnock's net worth and what shows has he starred in?
Mark has an estimated net worth of £1.5 million, according to networth.org
The actor who was born in Bolton, Lancashire, studied at Hull University as well as Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Besides portraying beloved Marlon, Charnock has also appeared in several Emmerdale spin-off shows such as Dingles Down Under and Paddy And Marlon's Big Night.
The 53-year-old soap icon also had a brief appearance in two episodes of ITV soap Coronation Street back in the early 90s, where he played a deliver driver, and also a small role in EastEnders in 1994 before landing his role in Emmerdale.
In April 2008, Charnock hosted the first ever zombie festival in Leeds with Emmerdale co-star Dominic Brunt.
What is Marlon Dingle's upcoming storyline in Emmerdale?
Marlon is set to have an emotional and lengthy storyline, which began earlier this week, when he collapsed after a stroke.
The most recent episode showed Marlon's symptoms appear suddenly right after a heart-warming moment when he proposed to girlfriend Rhona.
When the character returned home to look for the engagement ring, his vision blurred and he collapsed, being found later by his daughter April.
The plot, which revolves around the long-lasting effects of stroke, is set to be central to the ITV soap for the next few months.
Speaking about the upcoming storyline, Mark said: "Working with Emmerdale‘s research team and the Stroke Association on this storyline has been a total eye-opener for me."
Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV at 7.30pm
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