Emmerdale favourite makes major TV comeback after he was axed over court battle

A beloved Emmerdale star is set to make an major TV comeback after landing a huge role in an upcoming ITV thriller.

Actor Mark Jordan portrayed the role of Daz Spencer – the biological father of Amelia Spencer – on the Yorkshire-based soap between 2014 and 2019. But his time on the show was cut short when he was fired over a lengthy court battle.

The 58-year-old actor was accused of assaulting a pensioner in a pub during his engagement celebrations to his co-star Laura Norton back in July 2018. But the jury later found him not guilty of unlawful wounding and assault by beating after a seven-day trial.

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Mark has since opened up about the ordeal when he appeared on Good Morning Britain shortly after his trial ended in 2019. He told viewers how he’d “gained an education” about who his real friends were after living through a “year of hell.”

According to The Mirror, the actor has not appeared on a TV show since his ITV stint on Emmerdale was terminated. Instead, the dad-of-two took to the stage where he starred in a range of theatre productions.

But the actor has since decided to return to his roots and has certainly come back with a bang after he landed a role in the upcoming thriller, The Long Shadow. The eight-part series follows the harrowing story of infamous serial killer Peter Sutcliffe.

The murderer was known as the Yorkshire Ripper after he murdered 13 women and attempted to kill seven more during his killing spree in the late 70s. Luckily, the sadist was arrested back in 1981 and went on to live out the rest of his days behind bars.

It has been reported that more than 2.5million hours of police time was spent on hunting the killer at the time. The new gripping drama hopes to highlight the flaws in the police’s approach to the case.

Mark is set to play the role of Ray Wood in the gripping series which is set to hit the airwaves later this month. Writer George Kay has teased to the Express: “There are many documentaries and books out there whose focus is more heavily on him.

“But that wasn’t what was interesting and relevant about retelling the events of this case now. Audiences want to be offered a new perspective.”

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Executive producer Willow Grylls added: “Tackling any dramatisation like this is a huge research undertaking. We strove to make every detail as authentic and true to real events as possible.

“Where appropriate, building relationships with victims’ families was a hugely important part of that work.” Sutcliffe died back in 2020 at the age of 74 in hospital after suffering from coronavirus.

Emmerdale airs on weekdays on ITV1 from 7.30pm or catch up on ITVX.

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