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Emmerdale Star Dale Meeks Dies Age 47 As Tributes Pour In For Actor

Emmerdale and The Hunt For Raoul Moat star star Dale Meeks has died aged 47, his family confirmed on Sunday.

The popular actor played Simon Meredith on the long-running ITV soap between 2003 and 2006 after establishing his career on legendary teen drama Byker Grove alongside Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin.

His death, the cause of which is yet to be announced, was confirmed by a family member on Facebook, after which the presenting duo led a flood of tributes across social media.

It read: ‘So unbelievably sad. Brother in Law, mucca, side kick and just the BEST friend a lad could have wished for. RIP Dale Meeks. So much less to laugh about now you’re not there to share it with.’

‘Thanks everyone for all the beautiful messages and memories you have been sharing.

Devastating: Emmerdale star Dale Meeks has died aged 47 as heartfelt tributes have began pouring in

Career: The actor, 47, played Simon Meredith on the popular ITV soap, which he appeared between 2003 and 2006

‘The support of Dale’s friends has been so incredibly strong over these chaotic, heartbreaking final hours, I can only stand in awe.’

Friends, family and fans shared emotional tributes in the comment section, with one penning: ‘Unbelievably sad’

Another said: ‘It hasn’t sunk in yet and today has been somewhat of a blur. Dale, you will be dearly missed, you had a heart as big as your talent and a sense of humour and laugh bigger than both!’

A third said: ‘Oh gosh, I’m so sorry to hear this. Sending you all loads of love xxx.’ 

One shocked fan added: ‘Wow only just watched him on the hunt for raoul moat, far too young’ 

Ant and Dec wrote on Twitter: ‘We are so incredibly sorry to hear the very sad news of Dale’s passing. He was the loveliest of guys, even though he was a Denton ‘Burner’, the the arch nemesis of the Byker ‘Grovers’! A sad loss at such a young age. RIP Dale. Sleep well bonny lad’

Dale’s pal Stephen Sullivan penned on Instagram: ‘Such sad news today. Dale Meeks was an inspiration to me, watching the band when I was younger, watching him perform on stage, seeing him on the telly box and working with him. 

‘He was such a talent. He had so much more to give. He was loved and respected more than he knew. The last time I worked with him was an absolute joy. 

‘Craig Richardson, Dale and myself made these little green screen films in lockdown with Danielle Mendes and at a tough time we had such a laugh, usually at my expense and inability to hold a tune…even to drunken sailor.

‘It hasn’t sunk in yet and today has been somewhat of a blur. Dale, you will be dearly missed, you had a heart as big as your talent and a sense of humour and laugh bigger than both! Love you big man’

Geordie actor Dale, who began his acting career appearing in Byker Grove, appeared in an episode of The Hunt for Raoul Moat, which aired just last week.

He tweeted about his role in the new series, which told the story of one Britain’s most infamous manhunts, in which the shotgun-wielding brute killed his ex-girlfriend’s lover before shooting her and a police officer.

Alongside a picture of a door, Dale wrote: ‘Sadly watching tonight’s episode from this equally mysterious and sinister location. It’s fantastic to feel the love. Thanks gang. Keep it coming xxx’ 

Friends, family and fans shared emotional tributes in the comment section, with one penning: ‘Unbelievably sad’

Recent role: Geordie actor Dale, who began his acting career appearing in Byker Grove, appeared in an episode of The Hunt for Raoul Moat, which aired just last week

Alongside a picture of a door, Dale wrote: ‘Sadly watching tonight’s episode from this equally mysterious and sinister location.’

During Dale’s time on Emmerdale, his character Simon was romantically linked to Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) but left the village for anew live in Costa Rica.

Dale also won a celebrity version of Stars in Their Eyes alongside Mark Charnock as they appeared as the Blues Brothers.

He previously toured the UK with the musical Chicago and appeared in the West End production of Love Never Dies. 

He also appeared in Casualty, drama series Inspector George Gently and even had a role in Tracey Beaker spin-off The Dumping Ground as a custody sergeant.