Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley explains how he overcame serious illness to land role

Emmerdale hard-man Cain Dingle pulls no punches when it comes to dealing with life and Jeff Hordley, who plays the character, has had to show similar resilience in real life.

The 49-year-old actor has faced up to a 23-year battle with Crohn's disease, ehivh also brought about a family tragedy.

The soap actor was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when he was 26.

Jeff then lost his mother, who also suffered with Crohn's, after she passed away following complications following surgery.

Despite this, Jeff didn't let the effects of the inflammatory bowel disease dictate his life and since 2000, has played Cain in the ITV soap.

Since 2009, Jeff has been a passionate ambassador for raising awareness of the disease and has spoken out to the hundreds of thousands that suffer from the symptoms in the UK alone.

Talking to the Crohn's and Colitis UK website, Jeff revealed: "You are not alone if you are suffering from Crohn's or Colitis… although sometimes you might feel as if you are.

"There are at least 300,000 people with IBD in the UK – I'm one of them."

Speaking about how he overcame the effects of the disease to land his soap role, Jeff said that he required surgery before progressing on to managing the disease.

He continued: "I was scared it would stop my acting career from taking off. Luckily it didn't.

"Following surgery, medication and diet control, I’ve been playing the role of Cain Dingle since 2000."

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