|Portrayed by||Kelsey-Beth Crossley|
|First appearance||2 March 2007|
|Last appearance||20 November 2012|
|Created by||Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Stuart Blackburn (2012)
|Occupation||Student (until 2008)
Businesswoman (since 2008)
PR consultant (2012-)
Scarlett Mary Nicholls is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Emmerdale. She is played by Kelsey-Beth Crossley and made her first appearance on 2 March 2007. It was announced on 8 May 2011 that Crossley was leaving the show. She made her final appearance on 28 July 2011. On 21 October 2012, it was announced Crossley would make a brief return to Emmerdale.
In May 2011, Kelsey-Beth Crossley confirmed that she was leaving the show. Crossley revealed via her Twitter page that she was waiting for news on an audition. The 18-year-old posted: "The most stressful part of auditions is waiting for a verdict! Ahh ha! X (sic)." When asked if this meant she was leaving Emmerdale, Crossley confirmed that she would be exiting the show. After a series of well wishers contacted her, she added: "Thanks guys, had to announce because I didn't know how to reply to the tweets asking about storylines. Love you all and the support xxxxxx."
Scarlett is the only daughter of millionaire Tom King and Carrie Nicholls. Carrie was a nurse taking care of Tom's wife, Mary, as she was dying of cancer and their relationship continued after Mary's death, resulting in Carrie getting pregnant. After Scarlett was born, Tom ended the relationship but offered to provide financial support for Carrie secretly. Carrie refused this but allowed Tom to finance Scarlett attending a private girls' school.
Following Tom's murder on Christmas Day 2006, he left 10% of his company, King & Sons and 25% of Home Farm, to Scarlett Mary Nicholls, much to his sons' surprise. Jimmy realised that she was their half-sister, shocking him, Matthew and Carl. Carrie confirmed Jimmy's suspicions and told them that she and Tom had had a relationship but Tom refused to acknowledge Scarlett or tell them about his new relationship, worried about how his sons would react. Each of Tom's sons reacted to this discovery differently. Jimmy wanted to get to know Scarlett, Matthew wanted to buy her out and Carl saw her existence as a betrayal of his mother's memory.
Carrie was outraged to learn that the King brothers had been charged with their father's murder, demanding they stay away from Scarlett and buy her out as she was Scarlett's trustee, delighting Matthew. He wanted the shares cheap and to make sure he'd get them cheap, he cancelled all payments to Carrie, including Scarlett's school fees, prompting an argument when the school asked Carrie why the fees weren't paid. She told Scarlett to stay in the car but Scarlett saw Jimmy and recognised him from a recent visit. She followed him and heard Carrie refer to her as their "flesh and blood", burst into the room and demanded an explanation. Jimmy told her that she was their half-sister but had only just learned of her existence. Shocked, Scarlett ran away and Jimmy followed her, finding her on the main road. He took her to visit Tom's grave and told her that their father was "a good man". On returning to Pear Tree Cottage, Scarlett asked Carrie why she hadn't told her that she had four brothers and Carrie replied that they were due to stand trial for conspiracy to murder her father. Shocked, Scarlett left with Carrie. Jimmy reassured her it was not true and they became close, Scarlett was also keen to get to know Matthew and Carl, much to Carrie's dismay.
On one of Scarlett's first visits to the village, she met Daz Eden. She fell in love with him but he saw her as a friend and started dating his classmate, Penny Drury. Scarlett was heartbroken when she found out but continued to pine for Daz, much to Victoria Sugden's amusement. When Daz found out that Penny and Victoria had made fun of Scarlett, he was angry and went looking for Scarlett. On finding her, he made it clear he was flattered but he was still dating Penny.
A few months later, Carrie and Scarlett were visited by Scarlett's aunt, Lexi. Scarlett loved and admired Lexi but Carrie was indifferent and was shocked to discover that Lexi spent a year in prison in Mexico for drug trafficking. Scarlett was more concerned. The situation was tense between Carrie and Lexi and during a heated argument, Lexi told Carrie she knew that Carrie was her birth mother. Carrie refused to confirm that she was Lexi's mother, so she left. When Lexi returned, Scarlett learnt that Lexi was her half-sister and only her aunt by adoption. She was horrified to learn that her mother had kept another secret from her as she had gone from being an only child to suddenly being the youngest of six. Eventually, Scarlett forgave Carrie and recognized Lexi as her sister and they lived together until Carrie moved to Canada in February 2008.
Scarlett still had feelings for Daz and was happy to hear that he and Penny had split up. Persuaded by Lexi and Scarlett, Carrie and Jimmy agreed Scarlett could have a small party with a few friends. Victoria, however, posted news of the party on the internet so lots of people came to Home Farm. Scarlett got drunk and told Daz she loved him, dragging him on to the sofa and kissing him, until they were interrupted by Jimmy and Carrie. Jimmy was enraged and chased Daz down the driveway. Lexi persuaded Jimmy to let Scarlett and Daz start dating and Jimmy, wanted Daz to take Scarlett to nice places, gave him money but Scarlett was humiliated when she found out. Carrie's relationship with Jimmy didn't last and she chose to emigrate to Canada but Scarlett chose to stay with Lexi and Daz. On Daz's birthday, Scarlett picked out a beautiful necklace for him but was mortified when the necklace was swapped for a red camouflage thong by Debbie. He revealed his feelings for her and they started dating properly. Lexi tried to take over as Scarlett's trustee, jealous of her younger sister's trust fund and determined to get some of the money for herself, but Matthew was appointed her new trustee. Disappointed in her older sister when this was revealed, Scarlett insisted on moving into Home Farm with her brothers, no longer wanting to live with Lexi.
On Scarlett's return from visiting Carrie in Canada, she lost interest in her schoolwork, feeling her trust fund would get her through life. When she failed her GCSEs, Jimmy insisted she do resits at college. At Daz's suggestion, Scarlett bribed Zak Dingle to take her shopping instead of to college. When Jimmy and Zak's granddaughter Debbie found out, Jimmy nearly cancelled his contract with Debbie's garage, and Debbie nearly fired Zak. Scarlett then saw the consequences of her behaviour, and pledged to become more attentive to her education. Things went well for Scarlett and Daz until she discovered he was having trouble paying his rent. She offered to have a word with Carl, who was his landlord, but Daz refused her offer so she suggested she move in, telling him that she could get round Jimmy's objections. Daz did not want to live with her, asking Jake Doland to move in instead as he was homeless. Jake suggested making the place a mess and then Scarlett would not want to move in. Jake was proved right when Scarlett reacted with horror at the mess.
In December 2008, Scarlett's life fell to pieces when the bank got a court order to wind up King and Sons, due to their debts. On Matthew and Anna De Souza's wedding day, Carl visited the solicitor who revealed that Anna's father, Donald De Souza, was responsible for their financial trouble. Donald had recently died, leaving an interest in his company to Anna, making Carl realise that Matthew, as her husband, would also gain from the company's failing. This led to Carl and Matthew fighting and ended in Matthew's death when he tried to run Carl over in a van. Following this, Scarlett, Carl and Jimmy were questioned and spent the night at the police station. The following day, she and her family faced losing everything. They were evicted from Home Farm and moved into Mill Cottage, which Carl owned, rather than King and Sons. Scarlett argued with Carl as she as upset by Matthew's death and the family's money problems but Carl thought she only cared about her trust fund being reduced so she offered it to them. Jimmy refused to take it, however, telling Scarlett that Tom had left the fund to her and it was not enough to help. Whilst she and Lexi packed their personal possessions, Scarlett told Lexi that she wanted to join Carrie in Canada, feeling depressed with life in the village. Lexi pointed out that with all the recent events, it was not a good time to make big decisions and suggested that she did not leave until after Christmas. In January, Scarlett agreed to give life in the village a second chance when Carl started a new company and she decided to help him.
Carl bought a truck and started Emmerdale Haulage and Scarlett began work as his personal assistant. After being accidentally shot, Jimmy received £10,000 compensation if he agreed not to press charges and began helping Carl and Scarlett with the new company and took over as Scarlett's trustee. Lexi, worried about her relationship with Carl, proposed marriage. The wedding date was set for 31 March and Lexi asked Scarlett to be her bridesmaid. Scarlett was thrilled and accepted.
In April, Scarlett and Daz went to Dublin for the weekend but the trip was unsuccessful as Daz was worried about Victoria possibly expecting his baby, following a one night stand. When challenged, she admitted it was a false alarm but Scarlett was devastated to learn that Daz had cheated on her with his foster sister and ended their relationship. Jimmy, Carl and Lexi knew there was a problem but Scarlett refused to explain. Daz's half-brother, Andy Sugden, asked Scarlett not to tell anyone and she agreed as she felt ashamed and humiliated and Daz later left the village.
In June, Scarlett discovered that Lexi and Carl were trying for a baby and by July, Lexi was pregnant but the pregnancy was ectopic. Following losing the baby and further tests to assess the damage, Lexi was told that, without IVF, she was unlikely to conceive again as her remaining fallopian tube was blocked. Scarlett and Jimmy's girlfriend, Nicola De Souza, supported her and Scarlett offered to pay for her and Carl to have IVF privately, rather than wait for NHS treatment. Lexi agreed, unaware that Carl wasn't keen, but changed her mind when Carl persuaded her that being together was more important. Seeing Carl with his newborn niece, Angelica, hurt Lexi so much that when Carl said he didn't want any more children, she left him and went to Canada. Scarlett joined her at their mother's and returned to Emmerdale in September to find Jimmy, Nicola, Angelica, Carl and his new girlfriend, Chas Dingle, living at Mill Cottage. Furious, she sided with Nicola and they rejected Chas until Carl demanded they either accept her or move out. They accepted Chas and made an effort to get on.
In December, Scarlett celebrated her 18th birthday. Realising that Nicola was planning to spend her inheritance for her, she said she was reinvesting it until she was 21. Nicola was furious but Scarlett told Jimmy that she had her inheritance but did not want Nicola to know. Nicola softened a little when Scarlett said she would set some money aside for her niece Angelica but was angered when Scarlett said it would be tied up in investments until Angelica's 16th birthday. Towards the end of the month, Scarlett began dating Adam Barton.
In August 2010, Scarlett quits her job working for Carl, feeling that he was patronising her and started her own business with Eve Jenson organising parties and hen nights.
In September 2010, Scarlett learns of Adam's sister Holly's drug problem after Holly steals her purse. Scarlett does her best to support Adam and helps the Bartons track down Holly in Hotten after she runs away from home.
In December 2010, after learning of Carl and Eve's affair, she moves out of Mill Cottage and asks Adam to move in with her, intending to buy a house for them but Adam wasn't keen on the idea. On New Years Eve, Scarlett witnesses Adam kissing Mia Macey and after a brief argument, Scarlett slaps Mia. On 3 January 2011, Adam visits Scarlett and they reconcile after she forgives him for kissing Mia but he tells her that their relationship is not working and ends it. The following day, Scarlett decides to go to Canada to visit her mother and tells Nicola and Jimmy that she is over Adam. As they are getting into Nicola's car to give Scarlett a lift to the airport, they see Adam and Mia together and Jimmy loses his temper and angrily confronts Adam and is about to hit him but Scarlett and Nicola hold him back and they get into the car and drive Scarlett to the airport. Scarlett returns to the village in February 2011. She is concerned when Jimmy goes missing and is relieved when Jimmy is found. He returns to the village, suffering from amnesia. Scarlett tries to help Jimmy get his memory back. When Jimmy's ex-fiancee, Kelly Windsor, returns to the village, Scarlett is pleased to see her and defends her when Jimmy asks about Kelly's aborting their child. Scarlett is disappointed when it is revealed that Kelly had attacked Jimmy in Peterborough and gave him the injuries that caused his memory loss and insists that he does not owe Kelly anything but he refuses to report her to the police.
In July, Carl asks Scarlett for money to fund Chas's son, Aaron Livesy's, defence barrister when he is accused of murder. When Aaron and Chas reject his offer, Carl spends the money on new vehicles for the business and expands the firm. Scarlett is angry about this and feels betrayed by Carl. Matters worsen when Jimmy looks at her paperwork and realises that her business is struggling and she has been using her own money to prop up her business. Scarlett reluctantly admits that her business is doing badly and is angered when Jimmy claims that Carl's actions were for the best. Scarlett considers her future and decides that there is nothing left for her in Emmerdale. Whilst having a drink with Adam in The Woolpack, he convinces her to live life to the full and the following day, she books flight tickets and tells her brothers that she is emigrating to Mexico. Jimmy attempts to convince her to stay but is unsuccessful and he wishes her well. Scarlett bids farewell to Chas, Eve and Eve's Great-Aunt Edna Birch and Carl apologizes for using her money. As she gets into Jimmy's car, Carl also wishes her well and tells her to be good. Jimmy then drives her out of the village and to the airport.
Scarlett returns to the village in October 2012, following Carl's murder. She arrives in the offices of the haulage firm and is shocked to discover Charity Sharma has bought into the business. Rodney Blackstock fills Scarlett in on what has occurred since she left. Robbie Lawson flirts with Scarlett in the cafe and she catches up with Adam. Scarlett later warns her niece, Anya, Carl's daughter, about what Charity is like when she intends to buy Carl's share of the business from his children, if they had inherited them. The night before Carl's funeral, Jimmy gets drunk and tells a shocked Scarlett that Carl killed their father. Scarlett is disappointed that Jimmy had not told her sooner but forgives him. Scarlett attends Carl's funeral and comforts Anya during the service. The next day she accompanies Anya to a party held by Dan Spencer at the cafe and witnesses Anya flirting with Dan's son, Sean. The following week, Thomas and Anya leave the village to return to their mother. Scarlett warns them to contact her if Charity gets in touch with them about Carl's shares of the business before driving them to the airport. Scarlett chooses to stay in the village to support Nicola against Charity, who is attempting to convince Jimmy to sell the business.
Scarlett supports Jimmy at the reading of Carl's will and he is touched to discover that Carl has left everything to him. Jimmy changes his mind about selling the business, infuriating Charity. Scarlett and Jimmy celebrate. The following day, Scarlett gets ready to return to Canada. Nicola thanks her for her efforts to help and Scarlett invites them to come and visit her in Canada and bring Angelica with them. Jimmy bids her farewell and she gets a taxi to the airport.
- Kilkelly, Daniel (21 October 2012). "'Emmerdale' funeral, Corrie ultimatum, 'EastEnders' kiss, 'Oaks rage". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 20 October 2012.