Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley “shocked” by Bafta snub

"Surely the Emmerdale siege episodes had everything you'd want from a soap?" argues the actor who plays Cain Dingle


Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley has spoken of his shock that Emmerdale failed to make the nominations list in the category of Soap and Continuing Drama at this year’s Bafta Television Awards.


“I haven’t watched EastEnders or Coronation Street avidly to see what their highlight episodes were, but surely the Emmerdale siege episodes had everything you’d want from a soap?” the actor, who plays Cain Dingle, commented to RadioTimes.com.

The siege drama of October 2013 saw escaped killer Cameron Murray (Dominic Power) take the Woolpack regulars hostage as a storm ended up flooding the pub cellar. The high-profile plotline saw Emmerdale temporarily relocate to Pinewood studios to film underwater scenes that marked Power’s departure from the soap.

But the instalments in question haven’t made this year’s Bafta nominations list, which sees Coronation Street, Casualty, EastEnders and Holby City vying for the Soap and Continuing Drama prize.

“Personally, I am a bit shocked that it doesn’t get any recognition,” continued Hordley. “But awards and ceremonies aside, as long as the viewers who watch the show are enjoying it and getting a lot of pleasure out of it, then we’re doing our job right.”


The actor also spoke of the softening of his character Cain, who is set to get married to Moira Barton (Natalie J Robb) in next week’s episodes: “I think the progression of the character is really great for me to play. It’s the way he should have gone. If he’d have carried on being the bad boy, viewers would have switched off. It wouldn’t have been realistic. He adores Moira and he’s experienced true love in a way he never has before.”