Emmerdale’s Jay Kontzle’s touching tribute to grandparents who raised him after tragedy

Emmerdale star Jay Kontzle left fans heartbroken with his recent performance in the ITV soap as Billy Fletcher. During the latest episode (Thursday 28 April), Billy was left battered and bruised following a racially aggravated attack.

What fans might not know is that Jay has had to cope with his own fair share of tragedy, having lost his mum when he was just a baby. The soap star was subsequently raised by his grandparents, to whom he recently posted a touching tribute.

The adorable throwback snap of Jay and his granddad Michael was accompanied by an emotional caption that read: "Humble beginnings. My grandparents saved me literally and gave me an opportunity to strive in life and I will never forget why I do what I do as a parent and why I drive forward in my profession."

Jay's Emmerdale co-star Laura Norton – who plays Kerry Wyatt – commented a broken heart emoji while fans and followers dubbed the post "lovely."

One wrote: "Your mum would have been so proud xx"

While another added: "Always keep your feet on the ground. Stay humble and you can't go wrong."

A third commented: "They certainly done a good job and I'm sure your a great dad"

Jay has two children, daughter Kaibo and son Zion, with his wife Mimi.

Speaking about their wedding to OK!, Mimi explained: "We just had family there and it was really nice. It was inevitable that we were going to get married, so we thought, why not do it now!"

Discussing their family life with their two young children, she added: "It's hard work but it's worth it. But this age is the best age because they're so loving."

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Jay previously opened up to OK! about his mum, explaining: "My mum was the best person in the world, but my grandparents have done a really good job. I really appreciate everything they've done for me."

He also told the Manchester Evening News that he believes the tragedy shaped who he has become: "I believe all these negative things help to build your character."

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