Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley has admitted that his life off screen is dull in comparison to that of his alter ego Cain Dingle - but he prefers it that way. And speaking to the TV Times the 42-year-old - who is married to co-star Zoe Henry (aka vet Rhona Goskirk) - said he would hate to be like Cain in real life. "After a day playing Cain, I go home and think, 'Thank God I'm really boring'," Jeff said. "Boring is great. I like boring. We had some friends over and they brought their dog. We had our dog and I said, 'Look at us now, children, dogs, normality', whereas things were a bit livelier when we were in our 20s at drama school together. "But you mellow and you mature and you like it. I'd hate to be Cain for real." The actor is also in training for the London Marathon and he revealed that running helps him shake off his screen persona." "Running is my drug," he said. A couple of years ago I ran the Marathon and felt really dizzy during the last six miles. I said to myself 'never again', but here I am two years later! I go out during breaks in filming. "It's the perfect antidote to playing Cain. If I'm feeling a bit edgy, a run clears the cobwebs and I'm back to boring old me again."
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