List of Emmerdale characters (2007)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 2007, by order of first appearance.

Jackie Stiles[edit]

Jackie Stiles
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Ishia Bennison
First appearance 3 January 2007
Last appearance 13 January 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; guest

Jackie Stiles is the mother of Jo Stiles (Roxanne Pallett). She appeared in 2007. Jackie left Emmerdale on 13 January 2007.

Cathy Hope[edit]

Cathy Hope
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Ella Whitehouse Downes (2007–08)
Gabrielle Dowling (2008–)
Duration 2007–
First appearance 9 February 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Present; recurring
Profile
Home Tall Trees Cottage

Catherine "Cathy" Hope is the daughter of Bob (Tony Audenshaw) and Viv Hope (Deena Payne). She first appeared in 2007.

Since Bob and Viv's remarriage in 2006, they had wanted a child. When Viv finally found out she was pregnant, Bob did not want another child because of the death of his daughter Dawn (Julia Mallam). She was ready to have an abortion when Bob stopped her. Cathy and her twin brother Heath are born on 9 February 2007 in a shed on the moors, hence their names, delivered by village veterinarian Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt). Cathy is the older of the twins. They are baptised in May 2007, with nine godparents; Paddy, Terry Woods (Billy Hartman), Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock), Donna Windsor-Dingle (Verity Rushworth), Jamie Hope (Alex Carter), Roxy Lockhart (Chloe Procter), Emily Kirk (Kate McGregor), Eddie Hope (Nigel Betts) and Kelly Windsor (Adele Silva). In July 2007, they are entered in a "Cute Kids" competition, which Heath wins.

Heath Hope[edit]

Heath Hope
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Lilith Kitching (2007–08)
Sebastian Dowling (2008–)
Duration 2007–
First appearance 9 February 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Present; recurring
Profile
Home Tall Trees Cottage

Heathcliff "Heath" Hope is the son of Bob (Tony Audenshaw) and Viv Hope (Deena Payne). He first appeared in 2007.

Since Bob and Viv's remarriage in 2006, they had wanted a child. When Viv finally found out she was pregnant, Bob did not want another child because of the death of his daughter Dawn (Julia Mallam). She was ready to have an abortion when Bob stopped her. Heath and twin sister Cathy are born on 9 February 2007 in a shed on the moors, hence their names, delivered by village veterinarian Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt). Heath is the younger of the twins. They are baptised in May 2007, with nine godparents; Paddy, Terry Woods (Billy Hartman), Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock), Donna Windsor-Dingle (Verity Rushworth), Jamie Hope (Alex Carter), Roxy Lockhart (Chloe Procter), Emily Kirk (Kate McGregor), Eddie Hope (Nigel Betts) and Kelly Windsor (Adele Silva). In July 2007, they are entered in a "Cute Kids" competition, which Heath wins.

Sharon Lambert[edit]

Sharon Lambert
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Victoria Hawkins
Duration 2007, 2008
First appearance 13 February 2007
Last appearance 17 June 2008
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Anita Turner (2008)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Unemployed

Sharon Lambert is the daughter of Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick) and her former partner Jimmy Pepper (Michael Gunn), and sister of Paul Lambert (Matthew Bose). She appeared in 2007 and 2008

Sharon arrives in the village in February 2007. With her upcoming wedding to footballer Dan McHerron (Patrick Molyneux), she sends invitations to her brother Paul and her aunt Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen) but not her mother. Paul and Diane wonder whether to accept the invitations, partly as Paul also has issues with Sharon. Val sees in a magazine that Sharon is getting married and goes to meet Sharon at Skipdale Hall, the venue chosen for the wedding. Val gets drunk with Dan and she has an argument with Sharon after it is revealed that Val had slept with Sharon's first boyfriend when she was 15 and the boyfriend 17. Val is thrown out and goes for drinks with local journalist John McNally (Steven Farebrother). The following morning, the whole story is in the Hotton Courier. Sharon and Dan's wedding day does not go well and they do not marry as Sharon is revealed as a gold digger.

Sharon returns to the village on 2 June 2008 for Val's wedding to Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) and seems a reformed character. After the ceremony, she ends up kissing Eric's son David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden), and while she only sees it as bit of fun, he appears to take things more seriously. David and Nicola De Souza (Nicola Wheeler), who is close to him, overhear Sharon telling a friend that she does not really care about David and is only staying until she has another celebrity party to go to. Nicola and Sharon later get into a fight in the Woolpack when Nicola tells her that David is leaving her for her. Val is then furious that Sharon has gone back on her offer to take her to her next big party and washes her hands of Sharon, who then leaves Emmerdale, saying she wants nothing to do with any of them.

Penny Drury[edit]

Penny Drury
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Amelia Sefton
First appearance 2007
Last appearance 20 November 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; recurring

Penelope "Penny" Drury is a classmate of Daz Eden (Luke Tittensor). She appeared in 2007.

Penny is a classmate of Daz Eden, and when Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) notices that he fancies Penny, she tries to get him to talk to her, but he cannot build up the confidence. Debbie invites Penny to Daz's birthday party but it is only the two of them there. They end up kissing on the sofa, only to be interrupted by Jack Sugden (Clive Hornby) and Billy Hopwood (David Crellin) arguing over who should look after Daz. Daz intervenes saying they are ruining his birthday and his chance of getting his leg over, causing Penny to leave.

Penny returns months later when her father brings his car to Debbie's garage, where Daz works. Penny forgives Daz and the two start dating. After a few months, Penny leaves a glass of vodka and coke lying around at Daz's house, which is found and drunk by Samson Dingle (Sam Hall). When Penny shows no remorse and calls Samson's father Sam (James Hooton) retarded and a bad father, Daz dumps her.

Dan McHerron[edit]

Dan McHerron
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Patrick Molyneux
Appears on February 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Footballer

Daniel John "Dan" McHerron is the fiancée of Sharon Lambert (Victoria Hawkins). He appeared in 2007.

A footballer in the lower English league, Dan is engaged to Sharon Lambert, the estranged daughter of Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick), who only finds out about the engagement in a magazine. Val goes to meet Sharon at Skipdale Hall, and later gets very drunk with Dan. When Sharon walks on Val and Dan drunk, a huge arguments starts, where Sharon says that Val slept with her first boyfriend when she was 15 and the boyfriend was 17. Val is thrown out, and is persuaded by local journalist John McNally (Steven Farebrother) to go for a drink with him. The following morning the entire affair is in Hotton Courier.

Dan later appears in The Woolpack, having cancelled a date with Sharon the night before saying he had a press conference. However, Rodney Blackstock (Patrick Mower) sees a photo of Dan and two other women in the paper. Val decides not to tell Sharon, however, the wedding ends in disaster and the pair do not marry as Sharon is revealed as a gold digger.

Errol Michaels[edit]

Errol Michaels
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Antony Booth
First appearance 8 May 2007
Last appearance 20 May 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; guest

Errol Michaels is a homeless man who persuades Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) to return home. He appeared in 2007.

Errol Michaels is a homeless man who is first seen in a park where Bob Hope, having left home without telling his family, is selling ice-cream. Bob later talks to Errol about his problems at home, and Errol tries to persuade him to go home, or he would regret it, like Errol now does having left home 18 years before. Errol seems often to appear out of nowhere. On 20 May, Bob's wife Viv (Deena Payne) is celebrating her 50th birthday in a park, and Errol persuades an unknowing Bob to go to that park to sell ice-cream. When Viv sees Bob, she runs off, and Errol tells him to go after her. Viv rejects Bob and returns to Emmerdale. Errol and Bob then follow her and he gives Bob some advice. He then says he will walk home, and after saying their goodbyes, Bob turns round, but Errol had disappeared.

Caroline Swann[edit]

Caroline Swann
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Sarah Moyle
Duration 2007, 2009
First appearance 25 May 2007
Last appearance 8 December 2009
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Gavin Blyth (2009)
Classification Former; recurring

Caroline Swann (née Potts) is the sister of Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). Caroline first appeared on 25 May 2007, at the hospital when her mother Hilary (Paula Wilcox) woke up from a coma caused by a car crash. The elder of Doug (Duncan Preston) and Hilary's two children, Caroline was always her mother's favourite as a child, even in adult life, causing some resentment from Laurel. Caroline returns on 2 December 2007 when her parents return to their home after staying with Laurel and Ashley (John Middleton) in Emmerdale. Caroline says that her husband, Ben, has been made redundant and they have lost their house, so without asking they had moved into Doug and Hilary's house. Doug and Hilary then decide to move back to Emmerdale.

Caroline was seen again on 8 December 2009 when Doug and Ashley turn up at Hilary's house to see Laurel, following Ashley and Laurel's separation. This was her last appearance to date.

Andrea Hayworth[edit]

Andrea Hayworth
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Cathy Tyson
First appearance 25 June 2007
Last appearance 17 August 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; recurring

Andrea Hayworth is a neighbour of Duke Woods (Dicken Ashworth). She appeared in 2007.

Andrea first appears when Terry Woods (Billy Hartman) visits his father, Duke, after hearing he was in hospital. Andrea tells Terry that Duke is in prison after punching a local hooligan. Andrea and Terry go to the prison to collect Duke, and she mediates between the two, who had been estranged for some time. She persuades Duke to go and stay with Terry for a while. She has a brief relationship with Terry. She reappears in the village on 14 August 2007, and tells Duke that she has a new job and she and her son, Ryan (Reece Noi) are moving to Sheffield.

Ryan Hayworth[edit]

Ryan Hayworth
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Reece Noi
Duration 2007, 2008
First appearance 2007
Last appearance 25 January 2008
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Anita Turner (2008)
Classification Former; recurring

Ryan Hayworth is the son of Andrea Hayworth (Cathy Tyson). He appeared in 2007 and 2008.

Ryan is the son of Andrea Hayworth, and lives next door to Duke Woods (Dicken Ashworth), the father of Terry Woods (Billy Hartman). He gets on well with Duke, who is persuaded by Andrea and Terry to go and live with Terry in Emmerdale. In August 2007, he has a failed trial with York City F.C.. In early 2008, Ryan arrives in the village and tells Duke about his problems with his mother's new boyfriend. Terry later tells Duke that Ryan needs him, and Duke leaves the village to be nearer him.

Colin McFarlane[edit]

Colin McFarlane
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Michael Melia
First appearance 31 July 2007
Last appearance 1 August 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Businessman

Colin McFarlane is a businessman who sleeps with Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter). He appeared in 2007.

Chas Dingle and Lexi Nicholls (Sally Oliver) are in an upmarket hotel and when they see Colin, they decide to have a bet - who can sleep with Colin. The loser will have to pay for their room there. Lexi soon gets drunk, and turns Colin off, however Chas makes her move and the two go to his room. The following morning, Chas wakes up in Colin's bed to find he has died. She and Lexi decide to make a run for it, although Lexi steals his wallet. The police later question them, while Colin's wife Brenda (Judy Holt) thanks them for killing her husband.

Brenda McFarlane[edit]

Brenda McFarlane
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Judy Holt
Duration 2007, 2008
First appearance 5 August 2007
Last appearance 18 March 2008
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Anita Turner (2008)
Classification Former; recurring

Brenda McFarlane is the wife of Colin McFarlane (Michael Melia). She appeared in 2007 and 2008.

She first appears looking for Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter), who was sleeping with her husband Colin when he died. Chas thinks that Brenda wants revenge so she and Lexi Nicholls (Sally Oliver) prepare to run away. However, the following day they meet her when she turns up at Chas's house. To their surprise, Brenda hands them some money to thank them for killing her husband - although Colin died of natural causes. Brenda reappears on 17 March 2008, when Chas goes to her to ask for her help. Chas and Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) are trying to help Jo Stiles (Roxanne Pallett) get rid of Charlie Sellers (Michael Keogh), a former prisoner who is staying in Jo's house and threatening her. Brenda agrees to allow Charlie and Chas to rob one of her nightclubs, and let him then get caught by the police. However, the following day things go wrong when Charlie holds the bar manager hostage with a gun. He and Chas escape, but Brenda later comes after Charlie with a "heavy". She tells Charlie to leave and he has no choice but to agree.

Daniel Thomas[edit]

Daniel Thomas
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Rachel Moonie
Duration 2007-08
First appearance 26 August 2007
Last appearance 21 February 2008
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; recurring

Daniel Thomas is the biological son of Greg (Shaun Prendergast) and Melanie Doland (Caroline Strong), although during his short life, he is thought to be the son of Ashley (John Middleton) and Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). He appeared from 2007 to 2008.

Born on 26 August 2007, an accidental baby-swap in the hospital saw Daniel given to Ashley and Laurel Thomas, while their biological son Arthur (Alfie Clarke) is given to the Dolands. He is christened in December 2007, with Shadrach Dingle (Andy Devine) acting as godfather, who surprises people by caring very much for Daniel and promising to teach him things when he is older. On 21 February 2008, Daniel dies in his sleep of cot death, leaving Laurel and Ashley devastated. Laurel's mother Hilary Potts (Paula Wilcox) soon starts to think that Arthur is not Greg and Mel's son, and eventually DNA tests prove this, and that Daniel was Greg and Mel's son. Greg and Mel leave the village in July 2008, after Laurel and Ashley are awarded custody of Arthur.

Arthur Thomas[edit]

Arthur Thomas
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Luis Townley (2007)
Billy Harrower (2007-08)
Alfie Clarke (2009–)
Duration 2007-2008, 2009, 2010–
First appearance 26 August 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Gavin Blyth (2010)
Classification Present; recurring

Arthur Thomas is the son of Ashley Thomas (John Middleton) and Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). He has appeared since 2007.

Born on 26 August 2007, Arthur Thomas is the biological son of Ashley Thomas, the local vicar, and his wife Laurel. However, an accidental baby-swap sees him being given to Greg (Shaun Prendergast) and Melanie Doland (Caroline Strong), who gives birth nearby on the same day. Their biological son, Daniel Thomas, dies of cot death on 21 February 2008. Laurel's mother Hilary Potts (Paula Wilcox) soon starts to think that Arthur is not Greg and Mel's son, and eventually DNA tests prove this. After a court decision, Arthur is handed over to Ashley and Laurel in June 2008. Arthur then refuses to eat and Mel comes round and helps out. Eventually, Laurel bonds with Arthur, and Greg and Mel leave the village. Arthur is last seen on 2 December 2009 after Laurel believes that Sally Spode (Siân Reeves) has abducted him but is humiliated when he turns up with her and Ashley having gone out for a trip. Off-screen, he leaves with Laurel and Gabby to his grandmother Hilary's house although Gabby later returns.

In April 2010, Arthur returns to the village with his mother and his parents reconcile after Sally is arrested.

Melanie Doland[edit]

Melanie Doland
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Caroline Strong
Duration 2007-08
First appearance 26 August 2007
Last appearance 1 July 2008
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; recurring

Melanie "Mel" Doland is the wife of Greg Doland (Shaun Prendergast) and biological mother of Daniel Thomas. She appeared from 2007 to 2008.

Mel first appears along with Greg when she is giving birth at the same time as Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). Unbeknown to either couple, their babies are accidentally swapped at the hospital, and Mel's biological son, Daniel, goes home with Laurel and Ashley Thomas (John Middleton), while Laurel's biological son, Arthur (Alfie Clarke), goes home with the Dolands. The couples become friends and their children are baptised at the same time by Bishop George Postlethwaite (Peter Cartwright). The Dolands become more frequent visitors to Emmerdale village when Greg, a builder, and Jack Sugden (Clive Hornby) come to an arrangement for the redevelopment of Annie's Cottage. When Jack later sells Annie's Cottage, the Dolands buy it and move to the village.

On 21 February 2008, Daniel dies of cot death. Soon after, Laurel's mother Hilary Potts (Paula Wilcox) starts to suspect Arthur may be the Thomas' son not Greg and Mel's. They try and flee the country, but Ashley stops them. The police await their return, although they are not charged. Mel later runs away with Arthur on her own, but is later found. In June, the courts award custody of Arthur to his biological parents, Ashley and Laurel, leaving Mel particularly devastated. Over the coming weeks, Laurel has problems bonding with Arthur and Mel makes frequent visits to see Arthur. When Laurel finally bonds with Arthur, Greg and Mel leave the village as Mel realises there is no place for them anymore.

Greg Doland[edit]

Greg Doland
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Shaun Prendergast
Duration 2007-08
First appearance 26 August 2007
Last appearance 1 July 2008
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Builder

Gregory "Greg" Doland is the husband of Melanie Doland (Caroline Strong), father of Jake Doland (James Baxter) and biological father of Daniel Thomas. He appeared from 2007 to 2008.

Greg first appears along with Mel when she is giving birth at the same time as Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). Unbeknown to either couple, their babies are accidentally swapped at the hospital, and Mel's biological son, Daniel, goes home with Laurel and Ashley Thomas (John Middleton), while Laurel's biological son, Arthur, goes home with the Dolands. The couples become friends and their children are baptised at the same time by Bishop George Postlethwaite (Peter Cartwright). The Dolands become more frequent visitors to Emmerdale village when Greg, a builder, and Jack Sugden (Clive Hornby) come to an arrangement for the redevelopment of Annie's Cottage. When Jack later sells Annie's Cottage, the Dolands buy it and move to the village.

On 21 February 2008, Daniel dies of cot death. During a period when Laurel is estranged from Ashley, Greg tries to comfort her and she kisses him. A guilt-ridden Laurel returns to her husband and she and Greg promise to keep quiet about what had happened. Soon after Daniel's death, Laurel's mother Hilary Potts (Paula Wilcox) starts to suspect Arthur may be the Thomas' son not Greg and Mel's. They try and flee the country, but Ashley stops them. The police await their return, although they are not charged. Mel later runs away with Arthur on her own, only telling her stepson Jake Doland (James Baxter) where she is. After a few weeks, Greg persuades her to come home. At a court hearing on 5 June, a judge decides to award custody of Arthur to his biological parents, Laurel and Ashley. Over the coming weeks, Laurel has problems bonding with Arthur and Mel makes frequent visits to visit him. Greg, however, does not visit Arthur, causing arguments between the couple. When Laurel finally bonds with Arthur, Greg and Mel leave the village as Mel realises there is no place for her anymore.

Patricia Foster[edit]

Patricia Foster
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Vicki Michelle
Duration 2007-9
First appearance 31 August 2007
Last appearance January 2009
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Anita Turner (2008)
Gavin Blyth (2009)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Housewife

Patricia Foster is the mother of Jonny Foster (Richard Grieve). She appeared in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Patricia first arrives in the village in 2007 to present a £5000 cheque to her son, local farrier Jonny Foster, which he can invest in his future with his partner Paul Lambert (Matthew Bose). She returns in 2008 for Jonny's commitment ceremony to Paul, who had already married Jonny hours beforehand in a civil partnership. On 12 January 2009, Patricia returns to the village and argues with Paul outside "The Woolpack" during a divorce party being held for him by his mother, Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick). Patricia tells Paul that Jonny has emigrated to Australia. The following day Patricia and Val talk, and Val assures her that Paul still loves Jonny and that the divorce party was not his idea. The bonding moment is short-lived, as they begin to argue over who is the "woman" in the relationship, and soon Patricia tries to shame Val by bringing up Paul's fling with Grayson Sinclair (Christopher Villiers). Just as a furious Patricia prepares to leave, Paul arrives, and talks with her privately. Patricia tells him that Jonny is still in love with him.

Charlotte Beecham[edit]

Charlotte Beecham
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Emma Hartley-Miller
Duration 2007, 2008-09
First appearance 12 October 2007
Last appearance 12 May 2009
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Anita Turner (2008)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Police officer

Charlotte Beecham is a police officer. She appeared in 2007 and from 2008 to 2009.

Charlotte has a casual relationship with Emmerdale resident and colleague Ross Kirk (Samuel Anderson). Another officer, Shane Doyle (Paul McEwan), makes a pass at her. In December 2008, Shane goes missing - having been killed by Jasmine Thomas (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Donna Windsor-Dingle (Verity Rushworth), who Shane knew was having an affair with Ross, convinces Charlotte to go to Shane's flat with her to investigate. They find something that suggests he has escaped to Malta, and take it to Sgt. Drake. Charlotte thinks that Donna knows more than she is saying, but Donna lies and does not tell her about Shane knowing about the affair. In January 2009, she and a colleague search the bedroom of Ross shortly before he is arrested for the murder of Shane Doyle. Later that month she searches the Dingles house after Donna tells her superiors that she believes Eli Dingle (Joseph Gilgun) have had something to do with the murder. On 27 January 2009, PC Beecham is one of the police officers who arrive in Emmerdale to find Jasmine and Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb), who Eli has just revealed were involved in Shane's murder. In May, she and a colleague arrive in the village after a supplier alleges that Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) stole his money.

Kirsty Rayfield[edit]

Kirsty Rayfield
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Ruth Westley
First appearance 24 October 2007
Last appearance 28 November 2007
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; recurring

Kirsty Rayfield is the girlfriend of Ross Kirk (Samuel Anderson). She appeared in 2007.

Kirsty first appears on 24 October when she comes to visit Ross, however, he breaks up with her. Although they later get back together, this does not last as Kirsty believes he has feelings for Donna Windsor-Dingle (Verity Rushworth). Donna's husband Marlon (Mark Charnock) also believes this. Kirsty left her husband to be with Ross. In late November, encouraged by Donna, he splits up with Kirsty as he no longer loves her.

Freddie Yorke[edit]

Freddie Yorke
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Keith Woodason
Duration 2007, 2008
First appearance 25 November 2007
Last appearance 19 August 2008
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Anita Turner (2008)
Classification Former; recurring

Freddie Yorke is a con man who frames Viv Hope (Deena Payne) for fraud. He appeared in 2007 and 2008.

Freddie meets Viv in late 2007 and persuades her to work with the "Happy Smile Fund", his children's charity. After she had too much to drink, he kisses her. Viv works hard to raise money for the charity, but in early 2008 she realises that the money is not going to the charity. She makes it up with her own money, but fails to get in contact with Freddie. In March 2008, Viv is arrested for fraud and finds that her names have been put down on many pieces of incriminating paperwork. In July, a private investigator finds Freddie and records on tape saying what he had done. However, when the investigator is handing it over in a park, Freddie takes the tape off Viv after a tussle. He leaves her some of the stolen money and without her knowledge plants it in her babies pram. The police then find this and it further incriminates her. The day before the start of Viv's trial, her daughter Donna Windsor-Dingle (Verity Rushworth) and Ross Kirk (Samuel Anderson) see Freddie on a surveillance tape and find out where he lives. They try to talk to him, but he flees. A car chase follows, and while Freddie gets away Donna and Ross are seriously injured in a crash. Viv, guilt-ridden about what happened to her daughter, pleads guilty to fraud, and is sent to prison.

Jake Doland[edit]

Jake Doland
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by James Baxter
Duration 2007–09
First appearance 11 December 2007
Last appearance 19 August 2009
Introduced by Kathleen Beedles
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Chef

Jake Doland is the son of Greg Doland (Shaun Prendergast). He appeared from 2007 to 2009, when his character was axed.[1]

A writer from Holy Soap described Jake's most memorable moment as being the scenes in which he witnessed his stepmother realise her baby was dead.[2]

Jake first appears when visiting the village for the christening of his half brother Arthur (Alfie Clarke) in December 2007. He is also Arthur's godfather.

Jake's mother died when he was a child and Greg married Melanie (Caroline Strong). He returns in January 2008 to help his father re-build Annie's Cottage. Jake does not take to building so when Jack Sugden (Clive Hornby) offers him a job on Butler's Farm, while Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) was in jail, Jake agrees. Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins) takes a liking to him but he only sees her as a friend. With Andy in prison, Jake is more interested in Jo Stiles (Roxanne Pallett), but Sam Dingle (James Hooton) tells him to leave her alone. Jake continues to work there until Andy fires him in June 2008.

In early 2008, Greg and Mel learn that Arthur may not be their son as the hospital are investigating a possible baby swap. Convinced it is the Thomases' grief talking, Jake helps Greg and Mel go on the run. When thwarted at the airport, Mel disappears with Arthur but keeps in touch with Jake. Greg later finds out and convinces her to come home. Weeks later, DNA test results prove Arthur is Ashley and Laurel's son and custody of him is awarded to the Thomases. Daniel, the Dolands' biological son, died in February 2008. They leave town several weeks later to live in Spain, but Jake decides to stay in Emmerdale.

Jake takes over as head chef at The Woolpack after Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) quits in a huff and starts dating Jasmine Thomas (Jenna-Louise Coleman). Marlon is convinced to return and Jake returns to being assistant chef. In October 2008, Jake throws a party in an attempt to help his flagging romance with Jasmine. Unfortunately for Jake, PC Shane Doyle (Ppaul McEwan) wants Jasmine and ends the party by claiming that there have been complaints about noise and whispers to Jake that he'd slept with Jasmine. A furious Jake attacks him and is arrested. Jasmine tells him she has had enough and ends their relationship. Jake becomes close friends with Daz Eden (Luke Tittensor) and he moves in with Daz when Daz didn't want his girlfriend Scarlett Nicholls (Kelsey-Beth Crossley) to join him.

In mid-2009, Greg asks Jake to join him and Mel in Spain and finds him a job. In August, Lizzie Lakely (Kitty McGeever), who is blind, asks him to scratch a scratchcard for her and tell her if she has won anything – she wins £500 but Eli Dingle (Joseph Gilgun) convinces him to keep quiet and they split the money. Initially Jake agrees and cashs in the scratchcard, but feeling guilty, Jake confessed to Lizzie. Pleased at Jake's honesty, Marlon gave him the money for his flight to Spain.

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