Watch: Emmerdale's Mark Charnock flags up stroke symptoms
Emmerdale launched a hard-hitting new storyline this week when Marlon Dingle suffered a stroke - and actor Mark Charnock has thanked the soap's fans for their "overwhelming" response.
Charnock has taken on the demanding storyline for his Dales alter ego, who shows that even younger people can suffer a stroke and who will face a tough road of recovery ahead of him.
After the difficult-to-watch scenes aired in Monday's episode of the ITV soap, Charnock, who has played Marlon for 25 years, tweeted to acknowledge how many viewers had reacted with support or said that it meant a lot to them.
He tweeted: "It’s hard to know what to say to you all, other than I’m genuinely overwhelmed.Thank you for all your messages.
Charnock also recorded a video to flag up the symptoms of stroke to the soap's viewers, guiding them through the F.A.S.T. checklist that stands for facial weakness, arm weakness, speech problems, and time to call 999 if the person is displaying symptoms.
Over the coming months, Emmerdale viewers will see Marlon having to rely on the help of his family and friends as he begins his road to recovery from the stroke.
Soap fans can expect plenty of big storylines from Emmerdale this year, as the show is celebrating its 50th anniversary and recently launched a new 50th birthday logo with the promise of plenty of excitement in the village in 2022.
It has also recently moved to a new schedule as part of a wider soaps shake-up, meaning it now airs nightly from Monday to Friday at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, Coronation Street has moved to hour-long episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while EastEnders goes up against the Emmerdale time slot from Monday to Thursday on BBC One.
Watch: Emmerdale's Mark Charnock opens up about Marlon's stroke storyline