Danny Miller pledges himself to Emmerdale – despite on-screen hubby leaving

The actor, 28, is relishing the chance to be challenged in his role as Aaron Dingle. 

So Danny has no plans to follow screen partner Ryan Hawley, 33, who will leave the soap this year. 

Together, Aaron and Ryan’s character Robert Sugden became known as “RobRon”. 

Danny said: “It’s been 11 years now and there really is nothing like being called upstairs about a big storyline. 

“I’m still buzzing about what’s coming up. I’m happy to stay as long as they’ll have me. 

“I’d just turned 17 when I first started at Emmerdale. I never expected it, I never trained for it, I just fell into it. 

“I’d just turned 17 when I first started at Emmerdale. I never expected it, I never trained for it, I just fell into it”

Danny Miller

“I initially signed up for six months and I never expected it to last. 

“When I look back at those early years I’m happy to admit that a lot of the time I felt like a fraud. But I worked hard and I learned from some of the best in the business. 

“And even now, I never expect a new contract, because I think you can become a bit too comfortable which can make you lazy. I never take any of it for granted.” 

Danny first joined the ITV soap as Aaron Dingle back in 2008 but left in 2014 after his character’s coming out storyline. 

Before returning to the Dales in 2016, he worked with leading ladies Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp and Amelia Bullmore on cop drama Scott and Bailey. 

Danny won Best Actor at the British Soap Awards in 2011, 2012 and then 2016. 

He said: “I really have been so lucky over the years. Even now when I look back at all the coming out stuff, what we did with that storyline. It was massive. 

“We changed opinion and got people talking. 

“I remember being invited to the Gay Times Awards, to present one of the awards, and Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came up to thank me. 

“I still get people thanking me, but it’s the show that should take the credit for what they did with the storyline because it broke down stigma.” 

“When I went off and did Scott and Bailey I got the chance to work with Suranne, Lesley and Amelia Bullmore, who taught me so much about the business.” 

Manchester lad Danny has also been praised for openness in battling mental health problems. 

He said: “I suffer from anxiety and depression. And I take tablets for depression. I’m still on them now because I found myself unable to deal with stuff. 

“I’ve got a platform to talk about it, and it’s really important.” 

 Emmerdale is back on our screens Monday night at 7pm. 

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