The Dingles are a long-running, ever-expanding family who have appeared in Emmerdale since 1994. They are currently Emmerdale's largest family with 11 generations of known family members. 



Ben Dingle arrives in August 1994 and is the first Dingle to arrive to the show. He nearly kills Dave Glover, who is saved by Joe Sugden and then he began to fight Luke McAllister and Biff Fowler. While fighting Luke, he suddenly collapsed and then was pronounced dead from heart defect. After this, Zak Dingle appeared, challenging Ned Glover to a bare-knuckle fight. The family later become a permanent figure in the Beckindale village, and lived at Wishing Well Cottage. The family were an instant nuisance from the onset, and took the quiet residents of Beckindale a run for their money. Originally the family comprised of parents Zak and Nellie Dingle and their children Butch, Sam and Tina.

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Tina watches on as the flames of Luke's car spark.

The next bulky storyline involving the Dingle family came along when their daughter Tina got romantically involved with Luke McAllister, the boy the Dingles believed was responsible for killing Ben. From the beginning, Tina was seeking revenge but both the Dingle family and Luke were oblivious to this and believed that Tina was really seeking refuge with Luke. The relationship gradually evolved, and Tina announced that she was expecting Luke's baby and because of this the pair decided to get married and the ceremony took place in July 1995. Luke's happiest day of his life turned out to be the most misadventure when Tina jilted him at the altar and proclaimed she never loved him. However, Luke was strong-willed that Tina was very much in love with him and seized her into his car one day. That car ride turned out to be the last day of Luke's life when Tina jumped out of the car and Luke ended up crashing and the car exploded killing him in the process.

From then onwards the Dingles had very much set their status in the village and the family gradually grew with arrivals of Mandy and Marlon Dingle who also became permanent fixtures. However, with arrivals, came the departures. Nellie decided that her marriage with Zak had come to a halt and returned to Ireland and later on Tina decided to leave Emmerdale also.



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Family MembersEdit

Abraham Dingle, married an unknown woman.

It is unknown where Tallulah Dingle, Dave Dingle, Tubby Dingle, Josiah Dingle, Uncle Heather Dingle, Hamish Dingle, Maud Dingle, Crocodile Dingle, Wendy Dingle, Jed Dingle, Donald Dingle, Cracco Dingle, Giuseppe Dingle, Charlene Dingle, Mantha Dingle, Lazarus Dingle, Eliakim Dingle, Nat Dingle, Molly Dingle, Mick Dingle, Levi Dingle and Bob Dingle fit into the tree.

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