Emmerdale actor Steve Halliwell has said that he would be "devastated" if his character Zak Dingle was killed off.

Earlier this month producers revealed that one of the soap’s cast will die during a live episode which is due to air in the coming weeks.

However, the 58-year-old actor admitted that he hopes his character will not be the one to depart the show.

Speaking to PA, Halliwell said: "I'd be devastated. You've got financial commitments, and you get to a certain age where you don't want to go back to square one. Personally I'd be devastated if they killed Zak."

John Middleton, who plays vicar Ashley Thomas on the hit TV show, admitted that the whole cast has been feeling nervous about the upcoming scenes.

He said: "We've all admitted we're having the classic actor's nightmare of waking up... on stage. You don't know what the play is, no-one's given you a clue, and you can't get across to the prompter's corner."

Emmerdale launches its 40th anniversary celebrations on Monday, October 15.