Walker was approached about appearing in Emmerdale by the charity Back-Up Trust. He was scheduled to appear in five episodes and he said "Getting a part in Emmerdale is part of me going forward in my life." Walker was paralysed from the neck down during an accident in Goa in 2006. He broke his neck when he dived into the sea and hit his head on the sand. Walker's character, Steve, was introduced to Emmerdale to show Jackson Walsh that he has a life to live after being paralysed. Of his part, Walker said "I play the same role in the programme as I do in life, showing that disability doesn't necessarily have to be a negative thing." He added that Steve will tell Jackson that he can still go on holiday, take him to a football game and meet him in the pub.
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