Updated 4th November 2004
When we caught up with Faith in October 2004, she seemed very friendly with Solomon and and isn't liked by either of her children - Chastity & Cain. Her introduction to her granddaughter Debbie was short-lived as Cain did everything in his power to keep his daughter away from his mother.
Appeared periodically from 2000-2001, 6 March 2002, 19 July 2002, 16-17 October 2002, 10 December 2002,
Appeared more regularly from 6 May 2003 onwards
Born: said in may 2003 that he was 58 years old,
Periodically appeared. Appeared around 6th March 2002 to prove to Zak that their mother Peg didn't kill their father.
Appeared 19 July 2002 to attend Peg's fake wake.
Appeared 16 October 2002 at nephew Marlon's Stag night. We discovered then that he had a daughter Chastity after he used her to be the stripper at Marlon's stag night. Causing Zak to remark that Shadrach would even sell his own daughter.
Appeared 10 December 2002 to tell Zak that their father Jed was dying. Appeared on the 19th December 2002 to tell Zak his father had died and again on the 25th December 2002 with a shetland pony for Belle.
Arrived 6th May 2003 looking for somewhere to stay
The following Profile was provided by Eithne © 2003
Character: Shadrach Dingle
Married 4 times by 25: Last wife thought to be Faith Dingle
Children: He raised Cain as his own, but Cain was actually Zak’s son from an affair back in 1974. He has one daughter who has been mentioned, Chastity. Also we were given the impression that Elvis Dingle, who appeared in July 2002, was Shadrach’s son although this was never said on the show - and has not been proved since.
Parents: Jedediah "Jed" Dingle and Peg AKA Molly Dingle
Siblings: He has at least four brothers – Zak, Caleb, Ezra and Albert. There are probably more Dingle siblings.
Other Family: See here.
Appeared: Appeared periodically through 2000-2001. Also appeared on 6th March 2002, 19th July 2002, 16th and 17th October 2002; 10th, 19th and 25th December 2002. A regular from 6th May 2003 - present
Played by: Andy Devine
Shadrach appeared through 2000 and 2001 as it was revealed that Cain really was Zak’s son. He then at various stages in 2002, getting a Shetland pony for his niece, Belle, turning up with his stripping daughter Chastity at Marlon’s stag night and revealing to Zak the truth about their father.
He reappeared in May 2003, after being kicked out. He soon moved in with the Emmerdale Dingle’s. Marlon wasn’t happy at having to share his room with his smelly uncle in the crowded Dingle house. Marlon burned Shadrach’s trainers, but this just led to Marlon then having to pay for new ones.
Marlon saved his uncle’s life with the Hiemlich maneuver, when greedy Shadrach scoffed steak and chips. But Shadrach attempted to sue Marlon. The threat of homelessness hung over Shadrach’s head if he did, so he decided against it.
Then Shadrach noticed how close Lisa and Pollard were getting, and tried to stop them. He also noticed how lonely Lisa was, and decided he was the one to comfort her while Zak was away. But his plans didn’t work, and he ended up getting kicked out of the Dingle abode for a while, although it wasn’t long until he was back.
In September 2003 Shadrach’s daughter, Chastity, reappeared after being kicked out by her landlord. He admitted to Lisa what a bad father he had been, even stealing money from his daughter at one stage. Shadrach became determined to pay the money back.
Life with the Dingles is never dull, as Marlon discovers when he moves back in and finds himself sharing a bed with unwashed Shadrach.
Marlon takes direct action to combat the stench of his uncle - he burns his trainers. He is triumphant at first, but then he finds himself on the wrong end of a threatened lawsuit.
"Marlon has to return to the Dingles’ because Emily and Paddy have had enough of his insomnia," says Mark Charnock, who plays the chef.
"But it’s pretty crowded and he has to share with Shadrach. Marlon does get a good night’s sleep but he decides to do something about the smell.
"He carefully removes Shadrach’s trainers, douses them in petrol and burns them. The trouble is that Shadrach goes ballistic in the morning and Lisa insists Marlon has to pay for a new pair."
Greedy Shadrach pockets the cash and heads for The Woolpack, where he orders steak and chips. Then Marlon gets himself into even more trouble with his uncle.
"Shadrach is stuffing himself so fast that he chokes," says Mark. "Marlon knows what to do and grabs Shadrach and gives him an abdominal thrust to try to free the obstruction. It doesn’t work, so he does it again.
"Then the food flies out and Shadrach is okay, only the ungrateful blighter grumbles that he has been hurt.
"Marlon takes Shadrach to hospital and it turns out he has a broken rib. He sees a sign advertising compensation solicitors and decides to sue.
"Poor Marlon just can’t believe it. He’s saved the miserable man’s life and now he is going to have to pay up once again. He decides it’s about time he tried to head for India again to rejoin Tricia."
The unlikely pair have been adjusting to living in the same room but appalled Marlon got rid of his uncle’s smelly trainers.
Sensing an opportunity to make some money, Shadrach kicks up a huge stink about the absence of his shoes – and wins the support of Dingle matriarch Lisa.
Marlon is furious that he is having to pay out more money than the shoes were actually worth to his crooked uncle. But his bad temper is increased further when he spies a delighted Shadrach treating himself to a lavish lunch in the Woolpack.
However, Shadrach is on the receiving end of some instant karma as he wolfs down his dinner. He chokes and it is left to the benevolent Marlon to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre in order to save his life.
Unfortunately for Marlon, the move has left Shadrach with a broken rib. Instead of being grateful to his heroic nephew, Shadrach spies another opportunity to part Marlon from his money.
He pledges to sue the dippy chef on a no win no fee basis. Will he bankrupt his relative?
Dong At The Dingles
Daughter of Shadrach, probably by Faith. If so, Chastity is the half-sister of Cain.
Dingle Family Tree by Chris Ward