Emmerdale’s Liam Fox shares heartbreak following ‘bittersweet’ departure as he hopes his character Dan Spencer’s prison sentence will ‘make people think’
Emmerdale’s Liam Fox shares his heartbreak as his last scenes aired during Thursday’s episode of the soap.
The actor, 53, who has starred as Dan Spencer since 2011, admitted his departure was ‘bittersweet’ but he hoped that his character’s prison sentence would ‘make fans stop and think.’
Dan was sentenced to eight years for the manslaughter of Lloyd Sawyer this week, after a single punch caused a re-bleed on his brain, sending him into a coma before he was pronounced dead in hospital.
Speaking to The Mirror as his final scenes played out, he said: ‘Millions watch Emmerdale and I hope if it makes one person watching stop and change their mind about how one punch can lead to catastrophic results, then this story is worth it for that alone.
‘If someone killed my child or wife then I would want them to pay for it too. I’ve loved playing Dan because he is a likeable character.’
Farewell! Emmerdale’s Liam Fox shares his heartbreak as his last scenes aired during Thursday’s episode of the soap (pictured as Dan Spencer)
Prision: His character Dan was sentenced to eight years for the manslaughter of Lloyd Sawyer this week, after a single punch caused a re-bleed on his brain
Liam added: ‘Whilst this story is bittersweet as it means I am leaving the soap, I have also had a brilliant time filming and I have even lost a stone in the process.’
The actor explained how her knew the storyline would have him ‘working flat out’ so he embarked on a quest to ‘get fit’ so he could ‘give it his all.’
During the scenes the judge is heard saying: ‘A man died at your hands Daniel Spencer… therefore I impose an eight year sentence of imprisonment.’
Dan’s daughter Amelia was left distraught as she watched on from the stand in the court.
The mechanic had previously pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm during a court appearance, while unbeknownst to him Lloyd had taken a turn for the worst in Hotten General Hospital.
He had intended to plead innocent on grounds of self defence, but was left riddled with guilt when Lloyd’s wife Julie explained that he might never wake up.
‘I just looked around and all these thing started going through my head and it just felt like the right thing to do.,’ he explained to his daughter Amelia as they left court.
As Dan returned to work at the garage with Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb), the police arrived to take him to the station.
Speaking to The Mirror as his final scenes played out, Liam said: ‘I hope it makes one person watching stop and change their mind about how one punch can lead to catastrophic results’
Bad news: ‘If someone killed my child or wife then I would want them to pay for it too’ he added (Matt Sutton as Lloyd Sawyer)
Upon his arrival he was informed that Lloyd had died from a re-bleed on the brain, ‘From my punch?’ Dan questioned.
The policewoman confirmed that his single punch had caused the damage, as a terrified Dan stared at the wall.
He returned home where Mandy Dingle attempted to take his mind of the situation with a beer, but all Dan could think about was Amelia.
Breaking the news to his daughter, he later told Amelia that he could be serving between three to eight years in prison.