List of Emmerdale characters (1994)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 1994, by order of first appearance.

Eileen Pollock[edit]

Eileen Pollock
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Arbel Jones
First appearance 1994
Last appearance 1994
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; guest

Eileen Pollock is the first wife of Eric Pollard (Chris Chittel). She arrives in Emmerdale after reading about the Emmerdale plane crash and the death of Eric's second wife Elizabeth Feldmann. She threatens to expose Eric as a bigamist until he pays her off for a divorce. She then leaves the village and they divorce after 30 years of marriage, although they have only been together for a short amount of time during the marriage itself.

Victoria Sugden[edit]

Main article: Victoria Sugden

Betty Eagleton[edit]

Main article: Betty Eagleton

Reg Dawson[edit]

Reg Dawson
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Niven Boyd
First appearance 3 May 1994
Last appearance 7 June 1994
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; recurring

Reg Dawson is the first husband of Viv Windsor (Deena Payne) and father of Scott Windsor (Toby Cockerell). He first appeared on 3 May 1994.

Reg, who abandoned Scott and Viv early in Scott's life, arrives in Emmerdale to see Scott after serving time in prison. His stay causes friction with Vic (Alun Lewis), Viv's current husband and he leaves. Several days later, Reg and his gang commit an armed robbery on the post office and take Viv and Shirley Turner (Rachel Davies) hostage at Home Farm. The situation worsens when Reg shoots and kills one of his henchmen Simmy (Stuart St. Paul). Later into the siege, Viv argues with Reg and he is about to shoot her when Shirley jumps in the way of the gun and takes the bullet and dies instantly. Viv then tries to get Reg to give himself up and tells him she will say Shirley's death is an accident. Reg, realising there is no way out, plans for him and Viv to die together in a suicide pact. Before this happens, a police marksman shoots Reg dead. In his will, he leaves Viv several thousand pounds, but a stipulation said she had to leave her current husband, to receive the money. She declines and stays with Vic.

Roy Glover[edit]

Main article: Roy Glover

Ned Glover[edit]

Ned Glover
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Johnny Leeze
Duration 1994–99, 2000
First appearance 2 August 1994
Last appearance 2 August 2000
Introduced by Mervyn Watson (1994)
Kieran Roberts (2000)
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Farmhand (1967–2000)
Businessman (2000—)
Home Ibiza

Edward "Ned" Glover first appeared in 1994 and was a series regular for five years, dpearting in 1999, before returning for a brief stint in 2000. Ned married his wife Jan Glover in 1971 and had three children: Dave, in 1973, Linda, in 1978 and Roy, in 1980. Ned had known the Sugden family for years and helped them out on their farm, indicating that he had lived in the village before. In October 1994, he was challenged by his old adversary Zak Dingle to a bare-knuckle fist fight and won. Jan left the village in 1998 after she and Ned split up, with Ned following a year later. By the time he originally left the village in 1999, he had already lost two of his three children, Dave in a fire at Home Farm in December 1996 and Linda in a car crash in October 1997. This had caused his marriage breakdown. Ned left the village to run a bar in Ibiza with an old girlfriend, Dawn Wilkins. Ned returned in July 2000 for his son Roy's leaving storyline. Ned comes back to the village to celebrate his 53rd birthday. He offers Roy and his wife Kelly the chance to come with him. Roy ends his marriage and goes to Ibiza alone with Ned.

Jan Glover[edit]

Jan Glover
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Roberta Kerr
Duration 1994–98
First appearance 2 August 1994
Last appearance 12 May 1998
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; regular

Jan Glover first appeared in August 1994 with her husband Ned and their children. Jan had married Ned in 1971 and the couple had three children: Dave, in 1973, Linda, in 1978 and Roy, in 1980. Jan worked as a barmaid at the Woolpack pub. She was devastated by the deaths of two of her children: Dave in a fire at Home Farm during Christmas 1996 and Linda in a car crash in October 1997 and this put strain on Ned and Jan's marriage and the couple separated. Jan left the village in 1998 for a fresh start.

Linda Fowler[edit]

Main article: Linda Fowler

Dave Glover[edit]

Main article: Dave Glover

Ben Dingle[edit]

Ben Dingle
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Steve Fury
Appears on 9 August 1994
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; guest

Benedict Alan "Ben" Dingle is the son of Zak Dingle. He appeared in 1994.

Ben is the first member of the Dingle family to appear in Emmerdale. During a fight with Luke McAllister, Ben dies of a heart defect. It originally appears as if Luke had murdered him, and the Dingles continue to blame him even after the truth comes out.

Butch Dingle[edit]

Butch Dingle
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Paul Loughran
Duration 1994–2000
First appearance 30 August 1994
Last appearance 24 March 2000
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Spin-off
appearances
Emmerdale: The Dingles
Down Under
(1997)
Emmerdale: Don't Look Now!,
The Dingles in Venice
(1999)
Classification Former; regular

Francis Albert "Butch" Dingle , played by Paul Loughran, arrived in the village in August 1994 to confront Luke McAllister, who Butch believed was responsible for the death of his brother Ben. Butch caused trouble for Luke for the remainder of the year in revenge.

Butch got his nickname because at six years old he had come home from school with some flowers which he wanted to dry and press in a book. His father Zak was concerned that his son was too sensitive so he started calling him "Butch" in an attempt to get him to behave more like a man. As a result of this, Butch felt he was unable to develop as a person properly and unable to express his true feelings and he became a bully and troublemaker during his early years on the show.

However, he mellowed as the years went by and lost his virginity to nanny Sophie Wright when they were drunk at New Year 1996/1997. Butch later began stalking Sophie as he couldn't handle her rejection. Butch also had an obsession with his cousin Mandy Dingle. In November 1998 he married Mandy but she only went through with it for financial gain and not because she loved him. Butch felt himself in love with her and was sad that his feelings were not reciprocated. Butch later divorced Mandy and fell in love with Emily Wylie. Emily and Butch had a lot in common and both considered themselves to be misfits. Emily decided to stay in Emmerdale with Butch rather than leave the village with her father.

Butch died in hospital of injuries sustained in the bus crash on 24 March 2000. Butch had been a passenger in the community bus when it was hit by an out-of-control lorry driven by Pete Collins. Before dying, Butch married Emily on his death bed. Butch was buried next to his brother, Ben, who died nearly six years earlier. The epitaph on their tombstone is 'Dead but still Dingles'.

Zak Dingle[edit]

Main article: Zak Dingle

Tina Dingle[edit]

Tina Dingle
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Jacqueline Pirie
Duration 1994–96
First appearance 29 December 1994
Last appearance 24 December 1996
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Home London

Tina Marie Dingle is the youngest child and of Zak and Nellie Dingle. She arrived in the village a few months after her family. Her most famous storyline was in July 1995 when she was going to get married to Luke McAllister. However, this proved to be fake, in order to get revenge on him for the death of her brother Ben the year before. A few days later, she was kidnapped by Luke and was taken on a mad van drive through the village. She dived out of the van and Luke was killed moments later in an explosion when the van crashed into a wall. 1996 saw Tina caught in the middle of a love triangle with Frank Tate and Steve Marchant. She left on Christmas Eve that year after being sick of being caught in the middle and potentially ending up like Frank's wife Kim, as well as her family life not going anywhere. Her last line was to Frank, "Before you start looking for a new wife, start sorting out your old one. Dave Glover is on his way to Home Farm." Tina then gets in her car and drives out of the village.

Others[edit]

Character Date(s) Actor Circumstances
Lucy 19-28 April Tracie Hart Lucy is Viv Windsor's (Deena Payne) sister who arrives for a visit. She informs Viv of her ex-husband Reg Dawson's (Niven Boyd) release from prison and intentions to see their son, Scott (Toby Cockerell).
Colin Long 24 May-7 June Al Hunter-Ashton Colin is a member of Reg Dawson's (Niven Boyd) gang who helps him rob his ex-wife Viv Windsor's (Deena Payne) post office and take her and Shirley Turner (Rachel Davies) hostage up at home farm, resulting in a stand-off with the police. After Reg shoots Shirley, Colin tells Viv to flee but she refuses, so he gives himself up instead and advises the police to be careful while tackling Reg.
John Francis 24-26 May Terry Cade John is a member of Reg Dawson's (Niven Boyd) gang, who served time with him in prison. He assists in Reg's raid on the post office and gets away but crashes his car and is found bloodied on a roadside in Robblesfield.
Simmy 24-31 May Stuart St. Paul Simmy is a member of Reg Dawson's (Niven Boyd) gang who assists in the post Office robbery and is involved in a shootout with Joe Sugden (Frazer Hines) while trying to escape across the moors. When Reg and Colin Long (Al Hunter-Ashton) take Viv Windsor (Deena Payne) and Shirley Turner (Rachel Davies) hostage at home farm, Simmy bursts in through a window and Reg mistakes him for a police officer and shoots Simmy twice, killing him.
Arthur Prendegast 27 October George Malpas Arthur is Betty Eagleton's (Paula Tilbrook) father. Betty introduces him to her fiancé Seth Armstrong (Stan Richards). He is unimpressed with Seth at first but sees he makes Betty happy and shakes his hand.