Emmerdale’s Declan Macey says he feels ‘s**t’ and ‘so undignified’ after failing to secure work


‘Staring at a phone that won’t ring’: Emmerdale’s Declan Macey, 52, says he feels ‘s**t’ and ‘so undignified’ in Twitter rant as he claims his age has caused acting offers to dry up


He was a household name when he graced small screens across the country as Emmerdale‘s Declan Macey between 2010 and 2015.

However, Jason Merrells took to Twitter on Tuesday to make it known that he’s angry after failing to land himself any acting gigs this year – and has blamed it on his age.

The soap star, 52, admitted he feels like ‘s**t’ and ‘so undignified’ after expecting to bag himself some new work in 2021.

Angry: Emmerdale’s Declan Macey, 52, said he feels ‘s**t’ and ‘so undignified’ in a Twitter rant on Tuesday where he claimed his age has caused acting offers to dry up (pictured in 2016)

The Casualty actor claimed that his age had slowed down the demand for auditions as he took to his keyboard to complain about his receding career. 

‘Staring at phone that won’t ring. Waiting on a job. 25-plus years doing this and it don’t get easier,’ Jason began.

‘I know there are worse jobs, I’ve done some, but being 50 odd and still playing ‘ooh pick me, pick me!’ 4 or 5 times a year, (at least!) is s**t. 

‘Anyone who has a way of handling this without veering between violent Tarantino fantasies of taking out whole rooms full of execs, and forensic, eviscerating self-critical doubt – I take my hat off to you.’

Disappointed: The soap star, 52, admitted he feels like 's**t' and 'so undignified' after expecting to bag himself some new work in 2021 (pictured in the 2010s)

Disappointed: The soap star, 52, admitted he feels like ‘s**t’ and ‘so undignified’ after expecting to bag himself some new work in 2021 (pictured in the 2010s)

Upset: The Casualty actor claimed that his age had slowed down the demand for auditions as he took to his keyboard to complain about his receding career

Upset: The Casualty actor claimed that his age had slowed down the demand for auditions as he took to his keyboard to complain about his receding career

A flurry of famous pals rushed to the comments section to motivate the Finding Alice actor, including Minder star Gary Webster who wrote: ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent.

‘Having worked with you on the coal face you are absolute class. I usually regard any time off as more time to spend with loved ones so it’s a win, win.

‘If I get it great my ego is stroked if I don’t great I go for a drink with my son.’

Holby City actress Kaye Wragg added: ‘As much as I love my time off with my kids and catching up, that doesn’t pay the bills.

‘I hear you-as a female 48yo – 50 next year- Not easier – but just quicker to recover for me – always hoping it’s because something better is coming… good luck – you’re ace – don’t think otherwise.’EastEnders star Tamzin Outwaite.

EastEnders star Tamzin Outwaite kindly called him a ‘brilliant’ and ‘class actor’ in an attempt to lift his spirits.

Throwback: He was a household name when he graced small screens across the country as Emmerdale's Declan Macey between 2010 and 2015 (pictured in character alongside co-star  Emma Atkins in 2014)

Throwback: He was a household name when he graced small screens across the country as Emmerdale’s Declan Macey between 2010 and 2015 (pictured in character alongside co-star  Emma Atkins in 2014)

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