Inside Emmerdale's Dingle family: Cast and characters from Aaron to Zebediah

THE Dingles are a long-running, ever-expanding family who have appeared in Emmerdale since 1994.

They are currently Emmerdale's largest family with 11 generations of known family members.

Zak Dingle

 Zak Dingle is the head of the family.

He made his first appearance in the show in Episode 1914 (October 20, 1994).

Zak married Joanie Wright in 2016 after splitting from Lisa.

Zak has somewhat mellowed in recent years as he has got older, and has even become a kind of village elder.

He is played by Steve Halliwell.

Zak has four siblings, Shadrach, Albert, Zebediah, Ezra and Caleb Dingle, three kids, Cain, Belle and Sam Dingle – as well as two nieces Chas and Mandy.

Nellie Dingle

Zak's ex-wife is Nellie Dingle, the mother of some of his existing and missing children on the show.

These include Nathan and Tina, and while Nathan has never appeared Tina did between 1994 and 1996 with many calls for her to return.

The duo, as well as Zak's late children Ben and Butch Dingle who both died on the show, are the siblings of Cain, Belle and Sam.

Zebediah Dingle

Zebediah is the father of Del Dingle, Job Dingle and Lilith Dingle.

Lilith herself has sons named Luke, Matthew, Mark and Jon Dingle, and they all appeared at some point in the early 2000s.

Neither Del or Lilith are in the village currently.

Peg and Jedediah Dingle

Peg and Jedediah Dingle are the parents of Zak, Shadrach, Albert, Zebediah, Ezra and Caleb Dingle – both parents have been on the show in the past but are no longer.

Caleb Dingle

Up next is Caleb Dingle – father of Mandy Dingle, and partner of Vera-Lynn Dingle. He appeared in the show in 2000.

Caleb Dingle was played by actor Mike Kelly. He previously had a part in Coronation Street and played Malcolm Mostyn in Yorkshire nostalgic drama Heartbeat.

Albert Dingle

Zak's brother Albert Dingle is married to Delilah Snr, and is the father of Marlon Dingle and former resident Eli Dingle who left in 2010.

Albert appeared between 1995 and 1997, before returning for a visit in 2004.

Bobby Knutt played Albert Dingle. The former star of The Bill and Benidorm died aged 71 in 2017.

Elvis Dingle

Elvis Dingle is the cousin of Zak and the husband of Marilyn Dingle.

The couple – who have two sons, Brando and Daniel – briefly appeared on the show in 2002 and 2004.

Other Dingle family members

Other missing Dingles are the late Lisa, wife to Zak and mother to Belle, who died from a terminal heart condition in 2019.

Zak's brother Shadrach, father to Chas, died in 2010, while his daughter Gennie Walker was murdered by Cameron Murray in 2013.

It is unknown where the following family members fit in the tree: 

  • Tallulah Dingle
  • Dave Dingle
  • Tubby Dingle
  • Josiah Dingle
  • Uncle Heather Dingle
  • Hamish Dingle
  • Maud Dingle
  • Crocodile Dingle
  • Wendy Dingle
  • Jed Dingle
  • Donald Dingle
  • Cracco Dingle
  • Giuseppe Dingle
  • Charlene Dingle
  • Mantha Dingle
  • Lazarus Dingle
  • Eliakim Dingle
  • Nat Dingle
  • Molly Dingle
  • Mick Dingle
  • Levi Dingle
  • Goliath Dingle
  • Bob Dingle 

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