From 2003 to 2006, he portrayed Simon Meredith on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Mr. Meeks has recently been seen on Byker Grove on CBBC and The Hunt for Raoul Moat on ITV. A Facebook post from a relative revealed the 47-year-old’s passing. There is still no word on what killed him.
The post read: “So unbelievably sad. Brother in Law, mucca, side kick and just the BEST friend a lad could have wished for. RIP Dale Meeks. So much less to laugh about now you’re not there to share it with.”
“Thanks everyone for all the beautiful messages and memories you have been sharing. The support of Dale’s friends has been so incredibly strong over these chaotic, heartbreaking final hours, I can only stand in awe.”
Ant and Dec, who appeared in Byker Grove with Mr. Meeks, are among the many who have paid tribute to the late actor. The duo tweeted: “We are so incredibly sorry to hear the very sad news of Dale’s passing. He was the loveliest of guys, even though he was a Denton ‘Burner’, the arch nemesis of the Byker ‘Grovers’! A sad loss at such a young age. RIP Dale. Sleep well bonny lad.”
Fellow actor Stephen Sullivan said: “Dale Meeks was an inspiration to me, watching the band when I was younger, watching him perform on stage, seeing him on the telly box and working with him. He was such a talent. He had so much more to give. He was loved and respected more than he knew. The last time I worked with him was an absolute joy.”
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He added: “It hasn’t sunk in yet and today has been somewhat of a blur. Dale, you will be dearly missed, you had a heart as big as your talent and a sense of humour and laugh bigger than both!” Fans also paid tribute to Mr Meeks.
One fan wrote: “It hasn’t sunk in yet and today has been somewhat of a blur. Dale, you will be dearly missed, you had a heart as big as your talent and a sense of humour and laugh bigger than both!”
One more simply wrote, “Saddened to hear of the Passing of Dale Meeks, the Emmerdale and Byker Grove star… offering condolences to his family and friends RIP Dale Meeks. A friend of Mr Meeks wrote: “A wonderful human who was always there as a support. Proud to have known and worked with you wonderful soul.”
Meeks made his acting debut in Byker Grove, and in the recent three-part series The Hunt for Raoul Moat, he played Moat’s companion Rory Sutcliffe. The 47-year-old actor has previously guest starred in Casualty and Inspector George Gently. In the Tracey Beaker spinoff The Dumping Ground, he portrayed a custodial sergeant.
Mr. Meeks has also been in Chicago and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, both of which are not television-related. Meeks recently tweeted about his role in The Hunt for Raoul Moat. “Sadly watching tonight’s episode from this equally mysterious and sinister location. It’s fantastic to feel the love. Thanks gang. Keep it coming xxx,” he said in a Twitter post on Monday.
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