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Ex-'Emmerdale' star Marc Silcock would consider new soap role

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Former Emmerdale star Marc Silcock has revealed that he would not rule out another soap role.

The actor bowed out from his part as tetraplegic Jackson Walsh on the ITV1 show in mid-2011. He also previously played Eli on Channel 4's Hollyoaks.

British Soap Awards 2012: Marc Silcock

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The story reaches its climax for Jackson, but its only the beginning for Aaron and Hazel

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Silcock told The Sun: "Emmerdale really was the best job of my life. You do so much in such a short period of time that your improvement is really dramatic.

"I held on to the role for as long as possible, but my exit storyline - Jackson's controversial assisted suicide - was so good it was worth leaving for.

"I honestly couldn't rule out going back to soap in the future. But it would have to work for me. I wouldn't do it for the sake of it."

British Soap Awards 2012: Danny Miller and Marc Silcock accept the award for Best Storyline.

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Steve tries to talk to Jackson, whilst Aaron looks on

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Silcock returns to screens next week as he appears as a soldier in BBC One's new daytime drama Privates.

He said: "It was definitely a different experience. Aside from playing a soldier on an Army camp, drama is so different to soap.

"On Emmerdale I used to get through 50 pages of script a day, so to suddenly change to six pages filmed over a 14-hour day was a real shock. Everything has to be perfect. But it is a fantastic drama and has been a real learning curve.

"I need to spend more time doing shows like this to learn as much as possible. There is scope for two more series of Privates, and I definitely would come back if they were commissioned and the team wanted me again."

Privates begins on Monday, January 7 at 2.15pm on BBC One. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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