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Emmerdale newcomer Darcy Grey sold ‘posh dog food’ before landing Marcus Dean role


Darcy Grey‘s debut in Emmerdale is a career high for the young actor, but his road to landing the role on the hit ITV soap has not been straightforward.

The 30 year old actor has been cast as Marcus Dean, the son of Rhona Goskirk (played by Zoe Henry) and Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather).

The newcomer arrives in the Dales to learn more about his father, who was jailed for raping Rhona after their wedding in 2017 and has now been diagnosed with cancer while in prison.

However, Darcy has now revealed that before landing the impressive role he wasn’t sure if acting would work out for him.



Emmerdale newcomer Darcy Grey sold 'posh dog food' before landing Marcus Dean role
Darcy Grey admits that he almost gave up on acting before getting the role of Marcus Dean on Emmerdale

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The actor explained that before Emmerdale, he spent 18 months selling dog food after he struggled to find work in the theatre.

He moved out to Los Angeles in 2020 to try and make it as an actor, but once the pandemic began, his struggles intensified.

Darcy told The Mirror: “It has been a long hard graft to get to this point, and when Covid hit, it was a total wipeout.

“There were moments where I wondered whether the acting work would ever come back.”



Emmerdale newcomer Darcy Grey sold 'posh dog food' before landing Marcus Dean role
Darcy said it was a “pinch me moment” to get cast in the hit ITV soap after spending 18 months selling ‘posh dog food’

“I managed to get a job selling posh dog food at the weekends, which was a saving grace. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t.”

Darcy persevered though, and has now landed is role in the hit British soap.

He added: “It was very much the case of keep on going, and just not giving in when I was attending the auditions.

“So now that I am actually in Emmerdale, it really is a pinch me moment.”



Emmerdale newcomer Darcy Grey sold 'posh dog food' before landing Marcus Dean role
Marcus is set to have a pivotal role in Emmerdale which Darcy is thrilled about

Marcus’s arrival in the ‘Dales will spark a fierce show of support for Rhona from the other villagers.

On his new part, Darcy disclosed: “Marcus arrives in the village looking for answers. His life has been turned upside down and he hates his dad so much.

“He knows Rhona was raped by his dad and that’s why he went to jail, but he wants to find out more. For Rhona, though, it is a dark and very upsetting time when Marcus turns up out of the blue.

“He is the last person she wants to see. If people weren’t on Rhona’s side, I would be very surprised.”

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