Inside Emmerdale’s Al Chapman star Michael Woodman’s secret Hollywood past

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Emmerdale’s Al Chapman is in the middle of an intense feud with Cain Dingle which could reach an end after a horrific car crash took place on Wednesday.

Outside of the soap though, the actor who plays Al, Michael Woodman, has had a very exciting acting career.

The 47 year old recently spoke to The Mirror about how his car chase scenes in Emmerdale were reminiscent of his Hollywood days.

He said: “Making films is what I love doing, but I am also really enjoying playing Al and this week’s super stunt week has been so much fun to do.

Michael Woodman is best known for playing Al Chapman on Emmerdale but he has an exciting Hollywood past too
Michael Woodman is best known for playing Al Chapman on Emmerdale but he has an exciting Hollywood past too
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“It’s filmed in a cinematic way and I got to do my own driving sequence stunts, which I loved. It’s great getting into a car and putting the foot down.”

He’s no stranger to the “cinematic way” having had roles in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Bourne Ultimatum and London has Fallen.

More recently Michael has been in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw and also in the video game for Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier.

While the actor joined Emmerdale in 2019, that hasn’t stopped him from appearing in the TV series Liar in 2020, as well as in Marcella and Rellik before.

The star joined the cash of Emmerdale in 2019
The star joined the cash of Emmerdale in 2019
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In 2018 he played a drill instructor on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One
In 2018 he played a drill instructor on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One
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In 2018 he played a drill instructor on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and recalls the famous director making a slight blunder with his script.

He told The Mirror: “I had been offered the part of a character by Steven but, when I arrived, it hadn’t been written up, so he gave me bits of A4 paper with lines on to learn every day.

“At the end of the shoot, Steven shook my hand and told me, ‘I really want to apologise for putting you on the spot. I kept on throwing stuff at you’. I laughed and replied, ‘What am I going to do? Turn down extra lines from Steven Spielberg? No way’.”

He added: “It’s the world I am from. And I do love doing them. I have been lucky the American stuff I’ve done has been filmed over here, but I will go where the work is.

He was also in London Has Fallen
He was also in London Has Fallen
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Cain and Al will be at constant war
Cain and Al will be at constant war
(Image: ITV)

“We will have to wait and see what happens to Al tonight, but hopefully if he does survive, I can look forward to Emmerdale’s 50th anniversary later this year.”

As the fate of his character hangs in the balance, Michael hints at what the future of his character looks like.

“He is known as a villain, but he hasn’t killed anyone yet. Many people walk around that village with smiles on their faces knowing they have murdered someone, but he hasn’t done any of that yet.”

“I don’t think he has to murder anyone, though. He can get up to enough mischief without doing that. And he is certainly not boring. Whatever happens, he will always be known as the person who burned down The Woolpack.”

Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7.30pm on ITV and the ITV Hub

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