Dale Meeks, an Emmerdale actor who most recently appeared in the ITV thriller The Hunt for Raoul Moat, has passed away at 47, his family has confirmed.
Between 2003 and 2006, Meeks portrayed Simon Meredith in the television series Emmerdale. He also played Greg, the gang leader from the competing youth club Denton Burn, in the teen TV drama series Byker Grove.
Numerous celebrities, including the presenting team of Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, got their start in show business because to it. On Sunday afternoon, a family member announced Meeks’s passing on Facebook.
The post 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.”
It continued: “Thanks everyone for all the beautiful messages and memories you have been sharing. The support of Dale’s friends has been so incredibly strong over these chaotic, heartbreaking final hours, I can only stand in awe.”
No official cause of de@th has been established. Meeks was praised as the “loveliest of guys” on Twitter by McPartlin and Donnelly. “We are so incredibly sorry to hear the very sad news of Dale’s passing,” they wrote.
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 🙏https://t.co/2NIG6AtI2i
— antanddec (@antanddec) April 23, 2023
“He was the loveliest of guys, even though he was a Denton ‘Burner’, the Byker ‘Grovers’ arch nemesis! A sad loss at such a young age. RIP Dale. Sleep well bonny lad.” Meeks recently appeared on ITV in The Hunt for Raoul Moat as Rory Sutcliffe, Moat’s friend.
The actor had retweeted articles about the three-part drama on the real-life events of the UK’s largest manhunt, which took place after Moat went on a shooting rampage in July 2010.
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Meeks, a vocalist who was also an actor playing the Blues Brothers in the ITV Stars in Their Eyes Celebrity Special, was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.
He appeared on stage in plays including The Producers at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and A Christmas Carol at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in addition to his TV roles.
Additionally, he featured in the West End production of Love Never Dies and as Amos Hart in the UK tour of the popular musical Chicago.
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