Wife of Jay Kontzle: Who is Emmerdale’s Billy Fletcher star married to? | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television
Jay is best known for playing Billy Fletcher on Emmerdale, the son of Jessie Dingle (played by Sandra Marvin) and stepson of Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Al Chapman (Michael Wildman). Although the character married Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) earlier this year on the ITV soap after a short romance with Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu), it’s been an uphill battle to find the love of her life. Away from the village drama, the actor is more than smitten with his marriage and he and his wife recently discovered they were expecting their third child together.
Who is Emmerdale star Jay Kontzle married to?
The soap opera star is married to entertainer Mimi, and the pair walked down the aisle in 2017, a year before Jay joined the cast of the weekday drama series.
At the time they met, Jay wasn’t on TV because he was actually in a band called The Mend, which his sister-in-law was really interested in.
One evening, she decided to take Mimi to one of the group’s concerts and the rest is history because the duo got along very well.
They even had their first child together, KaiBo, when they got married as the baby was only three weeks old at the time.
Discussing the big day, Mimi said OK! Magazine: “We just had family there and it was really nice.”
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“It was inevitable that we were going to get married, so we thought, ‘Why not do it now,'” the entertainer continued.
After having their second child Zian shortly after getting married, the couple are expecting another baby in November.
The couple broke the news last month, with Jay explaining how he found out his family was going to get bigger while he was working.
Jay said: “Mimi called me during my lunch break on set and told me.
“I was sitting having lunch in the sun and all of a sudden I got hot and started sweating. I was a bit shocked.”
The actor continued, “Before that, Mimi said she wanted to take a pregnancy test and I said, ‘Pregnancy test? That’s a lot of money, especially with the rising cost of living.
“Then I was at work and she decided to put a spanner in the works over lunch,” he added in an interview with OK! Magazine.
A week before finding out she was pregnant, Mimi had thrown away all their previous baby stuff because she didn’t think they would have another.
However, it wasn’t without trying as the couple had said in the past that they wanted to have a big family so their children could look after each other.
Jay once jokingly said in another interview with OK! Magazine: “‘I’ll say yes once and we’ll end up with six more children!’
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When the child is born, they are likely to name it in connection with Mimi’s Chinese heritage, as they have done with their other children.
Explaining why they’re doing this, Mimi said, “I’m Chinese so it’s really tradition.
“We come from two cultures, Jay being black and me being Chinese, and we thought it would be great to raise our children knowing what ethnicity they come from and where their heritage comes from.
“It’s very important to us and they always need to know where they’re from,” she added, while her husband added: “If someone from China comes to the UK, we give them an English name.
“But we thought it would be nice to give them a Chinese name to reflect their heritage. I think it allows them to appreciate their culture more.”
Having their children quite close in age, Jay’s wife explained: “It’s good that they’re close.
“Zian really likes KaiBo. She’s at that stage where she has her own imagination and she wants to go and play on her own.
“He’ll want to play and she’ll say, ‘Go away!’ but they really love each other. It’s hard work but it’s worth it.
“When she goes to nursery and he watches her leave, he cries for her,” she added and with a third child in the mix, the couple are likely to have their hands full.
However, before the birth Jay is going to be very busy with work as the show prepares to celebrate 50 years on the air.
For now, it looks like the seeds are planted for Billy and Dawn’s inclusion in the anniversary episodes as they try to expand their family.
In recent scenes, they discovered that village newcomer Clemmie (Mabel Addison) was the daughter of Dawn’s former lover, Alex.
Desperate to see the young girl reunited with her brother and Dawn’s son, the couple will do their best to win custody.
However, it looks like there will be many twists and turns in this story, as Dawn will be tested on whether she can love a child born due to betrayal.
Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7.30pm on ITV, with an hour-long episode airing on Thursdays.