The soap actor is known to millions as Sam Dingle but away from the rolling hills of Emmerdale actor James leads a reasonably idyllic life – but does upset fans with some of his views
Emmerdale star James Hooton has been lighting up the small screen for decades as a member of the infamous Dingle family.
The 48-year-old was just 22 when he started his role as Sam Dingle on the long-running ITV soap and has been involved in storyline that have seen him shot, attacked, married, betrayed and heartbroken.
But away from the small screen, James has a surprising life that includes a stunning fiancée, two children, and incredible figure – and some controversial views.
Here is a closer look at the actor and the life that he enjoys away from the cameras – and the controversies he has caused thanks to his Twitter comments.
Family Life And Future Wife
The actor has been engaged to dance company owning businesswoman Nancy Lucas since Valentine’s Day 2010 and together they have two daughters – Ava-Rose and Lilly.
James often shines a spotlight on his daughters as he lets them take centre stage on his social media posts – while his glamorous wife also makes regular appearances too.
Family life looks blissful for the party of four as James shares snaps of them enjoying days out together, celebrating holidays, and enjoying country walks.
James has been on Emmerdale playing Sam Dingle for an impressive 26 years and counting – but almost quit when show bosses refused to give him more interesting storylines.
He told The Sunday People in 2019: “The character I play went through a very lean period and it got to the stage I started to dislike my job. I didn’t have much to do. I was young and ambitious and I wanted to do more work.”
He recalled: “I asked if there was a chance to get involved in more stories… It left me in no doubt I was not going to be a character who drove stories in the show. I hated my job for a while. I had a lot of things to work out in my brain.”
He revealed: “My choice was to search elsewhere for more work and challenges or to find ways of making my working life easier. I decided to stay with the show and take work home as little as possible.”
Rock Hard Abs
As a soap actor, James is known to many – as befalls so many in tea time dramas – for being dowdy and covered up in drag garbs.
As a result, fans were astonished and aroused to discover the actor has an incredible physique beneath his countryside clothing that he wears on camera.
As an avid rock climber, James has built an incredibly muscular body and left fans and followers breathless when he posed topless on social media.
Despite laughing off the lustful comments that followed, writing “It’s amazing what good lighting and a good camera angle can do!” – fans can see how he develops his body thanks to rock climbing videos that he shares online.
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While many fans were turned on by James’s abs-flashing antics on social media, many others were turned off when he hinted he is an antivaxxer earlier this year.
Taking to Twitter, the ITV star revealed he would be rejecting the Covid-19 vaccine, writing; “I’m 47yrs old. I take Vit c,d, zinc, b-12, Q10 and anti virals such as Andrographis, Sambucus, Curcumin, Along with regular exercise and a varied diet.
“I may not be taking a Covid vaccine. I may be labelled “anti vaxer” for being pro immune system, pro informed choice.”
Concerned fans have begged the actor to reconsider as Covid has claimed the lives of active and in-shape people around the world – and others have begged him: “Please take the vaccine for the sake of others.”
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It’s not just vaccines that James doesn’t trust, he has also shared bonkers theories about bankers online.
Earlier this month, he shared a video of a bizarre theory by Professor Richard Werner in which he claims the Bank of England has created microchips to implant under people’s skin in order to access money.
Tweeting the video, which is from 2018, James wrote: “I’ve been following professor Werner for some time now.
“Here he summarises why we need de-centralised banking rather than centralised control.”
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