Jodie Comer's career kickoff: how Emmerdale's Cain Dingle played a pivotal role

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9 Feb 2024, 10:47

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The Killing Eve star credits Jeff Hordley for career insight.

Jodie Comer, the celebrated actress known for her iconic role in Killing Eve, recently shared a surprising revelation about a pivotal moment in her career.

The Emmy-winning star disclosed that working with Emmerdale's very own Cain Dingle, portrayed by Jeff Hordley, played a significant role in shaping her early perception of acting as a potential lifelong career.

In a delightful interview with fellow actor Stephen Graham for BAFTA, Jodie Comer reminisced about her first job at the age of 12, which happened to be a radio drama at BBC Radio Manchester.

Like many a jobbing actor, Jodie has made appearances in many British soaps including Holby City, Waterloo Road, Doctors and Casualty.

All those jobs may have helped in some small way to Jodie's international success, but it was when she found herself amongst this radio play cast and Jeff Hordley, that she believes the true seeds were sewn for her growth within the industry.

Jodie expressed the impact of this unexpected encounter, stating: "It was with a lot of actors on TV, Cain Dingle being one of them, which was a big moment for me in my career!"

When asked about when she realised acting could be a lifelong pursuit, Jodie shared insights into how her early experiences shaped her perspective.

"Those actors kind of spoke to me about the fact that you could do acting as a profession. Before that, I’d never, ever imagined being an actress," she explained.

This revelation during the radio drama project proved to be a turning point for young Jodie.

She added: "So, I think that was the first time I thought, 'Oh, okay, this is something I really enjoy and could potentially do for the rest of my life… If I’m good and if I get a stroke of luck!'"

In a tongue-in-cheek manner, Jodie humorously credited Jeff Hordley, aka Cain Dingle, for inspiring her remarkable acting career.

The unexpected encounter with established TV actors helped her recognise the potential of acting as a full-time profession.

Jeff Hordley's portrayal of Cain Dingle has left a lasting impact on the world of Emmerdale, with the character still at the centre of compelling storylines.

Even as Jodie Comer has soared to international acclaim with her role in Killing Eve, she acknowledges the unexpected influence of a soap legend like Cain Dingle in the early days of her career.

As the Killing Eve star continues to dazzle audiences with her versatile performances, fans can't help but appreciate the twist of fate that connected her with Emmerdale's iconic character, paving the way for her journey in the world of acting.