List of Emmerdale characters (2014)

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Emmerdale is a British soap opera first broadcast on 16 October 1972. The following is a list of characters that first appeared or will appear during 2014, by order of first appearance. All characters were introduced by the soap's series producer Kate Oates. William Makepeace and his grandson, Seb arrived in February. The following month saw the introduction of Donna Windsor and Marlon Dingle's daughter, April. Tracy Shankley, Daz Spencer, Rakesh Kotecha and Carole made their first appearances in July. Rakesh's son, Kirin, made his debut in August. The White family – Lawrence, Chrissie and Lachlan – arrived in September, October and November.

William Makepeace[edit]

William Makepeace,[1] played by Dudley Sutton, made his first screen appearance on 27 February 2014.[2] The character and Sutton's casting was announced on 30 January 2014.[2] The actor commented "This will be my second appearance in Emmerdale as I appeared in 1997 as a tramp! It's great to be back in Yorkshire and I have fond memories of filming the Beiderbecke Trilogy in the same building as Emmerdale is now filmed."[2] William is Seb Makepeace's (James Redmond) grandfather and is cared for by Seb's former girlfriend Ruby Haswell (Alicya Eyo). William has "an old-fashioned attitude" and he makes life difficult for Ruby.[2]

Seb Makepeace[edit]

Seb Makepeace,[3] played by James Redmond, made his first screen appearance on 27 February 2014.[2] The character and casting was announced on 30 January 2014.[2] Of his casting, Redmond stated "Having taken a 5-year break from acting to concentrate on stand-up comedy, I am really looking forward to getting back on the horse. It will be great to join the cast of Emmerdale and Seb will be my first time playing a northerner!"[2] Seb is established character Ruby Haswell's (Alicya Eyo) ex-boyfriend. They meet again when Ruby becomes a carer to Seb's grandfather William (Dudley Sutton).[2]

April Windsor[edit]

April Windsor
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Amelia Flanagan
Duration 2014–
First appearance 19 March 2014
Introduced by Kate Oates
Classification Present; recurring
Occupation Student

April Windsor, played by Amelia Flanagan, made her first screen appearance on 19 March 2014.[4] The character was announced in the same month and plays a part in Donna Windsor's (Verity Rushworth) return storyline. April is Donna and Marlon Dingle's (Mark Charnock) daughter.[5] Rushworth explained that when Donna left the village four years ago, she was pregnant with April at the time. Now April is four, Donna realises that it is time she got to know her father and meet her family.[6] Rushworth continued, "Having said that, Donna is just thinking about little April. She hasn't really considered the impact this will have on Marlon's life."[6] Marlon meets April when he saves her from being run over by a quad bike.[6]

After Donna was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Donna decides to introduce April to Marlon. April and Marlon begin to bond. After Donna dies, April is devastated and her stepmother Laurel turns to alcohol. April is rushed to hospital for drinking Laurel's vodka, mistaking it for orange juice. She saves Laurel's life when Laurel chokes on her own vomit, calling for an ambulance. When Marlon and Laurel separate, Laurel still takes on the role as April's mother figure. Laurel leaves to stay with Caroline and Marlon hires Bob's daughter Carly to be her carer. Her first night with Carly turns into a disaster, after they watch a movie about zombies.

April and Leo play together when Leo pinches April. Emma Barton (Gillian Kearney) notices Carly Hope (Gemma Atkinson) snapping at April. Later, April shows Emma some bruises and Emma suspects Carly did it. Emma later informs Marlon. At home, Marlon gets April to take her cardigan off to see the bruises and he and Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) ask April how she got them. They ask if Carly did it, but April insists it wasn't Carly and she admits Leo did it. April is upset when her half-brother Leo Goskirk is moving to Germany with Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) and Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt), but is pleased when Rhona stays with Leo. Carly decides not to look after April following her and Marlon sleeping together.

Tracy Shankley[edit]

Tracy Shankley
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Amy Walsh
Duration 2014–
First appearance 7 July 2014
Introduced by Kate Oates
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Cleaner
Shop assistant
Home Farrers Cottage

Tracy Sharon Metcalfe (also Shankley), played by Amy Walsh, made her first screen appearance on 7 July 2014.[8] Walsh's casting was initially announced on 2 May 2014, but it was not confirmed which character she would be playing until 1 July.[8] Tracy will be introduced as a love interest for established character Sam Dingle (James Hooton).[8] Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy reported that Tracy is "a chaotic character who divides opinion when she makes her first appearance in the village".[8] Tracy comes to Emmerdale to meet Sam, after they begin talking via an adult chat line. Sam asks Tracy to stay with him, but his stepmother, Lisa (Jane Cox), kicks Tracy out when she becomes suspicious of her.[8] Sam and Tracy then move into Brook Cottage with Robbie Lawson (Jamie Shelton). It was confirmed that Tracy would return in 2015 after Walsh impressed producers and wanted the character to return. Tracy returned later in 2015 as a series regular.

Tracy cons Sam on her arrival and leaves with his money. Sam finds her sleeping rough in a barn and he invites her to stay with him, much to Zak and Lisa's horror. When Sam ex-girlfriend Rachel returns, they reconcile and Tracy is thrown out. Tracy intends to leave the village again. Whilst staying at the B&B, Val Pollard takes her in and gives her a job. She tries to leave the village again and steal money out of Val's purse, but Val finds her and becomes annoyed with her. When Val dies in a helicopter crash, she finds Val's farewell videos humorous. In 2016, she married David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden).

Laura-Jayne Tyler of Inside Soap spoke negatively of Tracy's book storyline, writing, "The last thing she needs, as we head into Week 327 of this storyline, is renewed confidence."[9]

Daz Spencer[edit]

Daz Spencer
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Mark Jordon
First appearance 8 July 2014
Last appearance 23 July 2014
Introduced by Kate Oates
Classification Former; guest
Occupation Soldier

Darren "Daz" Spencer, played by Mark Jordon, made his first screen appearance on 8 July 2014.[10] The character and Jordon's casting was announced on 5 May 2014. Jordon will begin filming later in the month.[11] Of his casting, Jordon stated "ITV Studios in Leeds has always felt like a second home and I'm really looking forward to being back there, this time with the cast and crew of Emmerdale." Daz is the brother of established character Dan Spencer (Liam Fox).[11] He is a former marine, who easily makes friends with the local residents, but his presence leaves his brother "feeling conflicted."[11] Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy reported that Dan would be unsettled by his brother's "wayward reputation" and that he may be jealous of his Daz's popularity in the village.[11]

Daz arrives in Emmerdale village and is immediately popular with his brother, Dan's, fiancée Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) and his son Sean (Luke Roskell). Eventually, Sean and Kerry manage to persuade Dan to allow Daz to stay with them for a while. Noticing how close Daz is getting to married barmaid Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson), Dan tries to warn Alicia's husband David (Matthew Wolfenden) that Daz will ruin their marriage. His plan fails, however, when he witnesses Daz, David and Alicia having a friendly chat in the local pub. A few days later, Daz arranges a burglary at David and Alicia's shop, which leads to Alicia being mildly attacked. Daz tries to run after the burglar, but he punches Daz in the nose, causing him to suffer a nosebleed. David and Alicia hail Daz "the hero", but Dan is suspicious about Daz's actions. He later meets up with the burglar and praises him for punching him in the face, and states that it made the burglary look more realistic and dramatic.

A few weeks later, Daz causes more trouble for Dan, after constantly flirting with Kerry and convincing Sean to go into the army. Dan and his ex-wife, Ali (Kelli Hollis), are furious that Sean has signed up for the army, and while Dan shouts at Daz for convincing Sean to sign up, Kerry defends Daz. This leads to Kerry punching Dan in the face after an argument over Daz. Kerry and Daz then go on a night out and steal a bus from Hotten. On Dan's stag night and Kerry's hen party, Daz and Kerry leave the parties early, and Daz makes a pass at Kerry, just as Dan enters. He angrily declares that the wedding is off, much to Kerry's upset. The next day, Kerry tries to win Dan round, and frantically gets dressed for their wedding. Daz, however, tries to persuade Kerry not to go through with the wedding and to go into town with him. Kerry, shocked by Daz's evil streak, angrily pushes him, and says that Dan is better than him. Daz is later seen congratulating Dan and Kerry for getting married, and is later involved in a fight in The Woolpack between Dan, Kerry and Kerry's secret husband, Kev Berry (Christopher Connel). Dan, Daz, Kerry and Kev are all arrested, and Dan tells the police that Daz stole a bus from Hotten. Daz is furious that Dan grassed him up, and an explosive argument leads to Dan throwing Daz out onto the streets. Daz then leaves the village.

Rakesh Kotecha[edit]

Rakesh Kotecha
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Pasha Bocarie
Duration 2014−2017
First appearance 14 July 2014
Last appearance 14 June 2017
Introduced by Kate Oates
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Lawyer

Rakesh Kotecha, played by Pasha Bocarie, made his first screen appearance on 14 July 2014.[12] The character and casting was announced on 11 June 2014.[12] Rakesh is a businessman, who was introduced as part of an arranged marriage storyline for Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade).[12] While Priya believes she and Rakesh are well suited, her brother Jai (Chris Bisson) is not happy with arrival of his "old business associate."[12] David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) also becomes suspicious of Rakesh.[12]

On 14 June 2015, it was announced that Bocarie had signed a new contract with Emmerdale which would see him in the show for another year as Rakesh.[13] Bocarie commented on his new contract saying: "When they offered me a contract it was a real moment of celebration. I knew straight away I wanted to stay on. I knew my current contract was coming to its end but I was thinkingly positively."[13] He also spoke about how he was unaware whether he could be killed off, but he is happy to know he is staying with the soap.[13] On 14 June 2017, Bocarie made a previously unannounced departure from the series; on-screen, Rakesh discovered Priya having sex with another man and decided to leave. Despite Bocarie's departure being hinted to, it had not been confirmed by show officials.[14] Bocarie thanked fans for their "love and support" and called his time on the show "a privilege".[14]


Carole, played by Tracy Brabin, made her first screen appearance on 23 July 2014.[15] The character and casting was announced on 30 June 2014. Of her casting, Brabin said "It is a total delight to be playing Carole back in my home town of Leeds. She's funny and sexy with a dark secret. Ever since I played Tricia in Coronation Street, it's been a personal and professional ambition to work with the wonderful actors and writers of Emmerdale. I hope the public take to Carole as much as I have."[15] Carole will be introduced as a love interest for established character Ashley Thomas (John Middleton).[15] Ashley is initially reluctant to introduce Carole to his friends, but Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) texts Carole using Ashley's phone and Carole soon arrives in the village.[15]

Kirin Kotecha[edit]

Kirin Kotecha
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Adam Fielding
Duration 2014–2016[16]
First appearance 21 August 2014
Last appearance 15 February 2016
Introduced by Kate Oates
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Student

Kirin Kotecha, played by Adam Fielding, made his first screen appearance on 21 August 2014.[17] The character and casting was announced on 23 July 2014.[17] Fielding's character is the teenage son of Rakesh Kotecha (Pasha Bocarie) and a new love interest for Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick).[17] Kirin will meet Vanessa while on a night out in Hotten, things become awkward when Vanessa learns Kirin is only 17.[17] Of his casting, Fielding said "I am thrilled to be joining Emmerdale as Kirin. He's only 17 but he's a cool and confident guy and isn't going to let his age stop him where Vanessa is concerned."[17]

Kirin and Vanessa sleep together after meeting on a night out. The next day, he moves to the village and meets his father's fiancée Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade) and gives him his blessing. Kirin and Vanessa meet again and Kirin admits that he is seventeen, much to Vanessa's horror. Vanessa later decides to start a relationship with him and they announce this to Rakesh. Rakesh disapproves with the relationship, but Priya is accepts it. When Vanessa becomes pregnant, she dumps Kirin, after she slept with Adam. Kirin cannot forgive Vanessa and starts rebelling. Rakesh finds out Kirin is the father of Vanessa's baby and changes the DNA result, in order to prevent Kirin and Vanessa resuming their relationship. Kirin finishes college and starts looking at business ventures. Kirin goes into business with Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper), after their cordial business becomes a success. They employ Laurel Potts (Charlotte Bellamy) as a mascot for their opening evening for the cordial. One day, Vanessa is knocked over by Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson), after he took cocaine. This causes Vanessa to go into labour and she gives birth to a boy, whom she names Johnny, after Adam's late father. Vanessa thanks Kirin for the support. Belle and Kirin begin a relationship soon after, much to the horror of Belle's parents, who warn him not to take advantage of her.

After the success of his and Belle's new drink going to Sharma & Sharma, Kirin agrees to go for a drink with Jai. Jai suffers from a drug overdose, so Kirin leaves him at the front of the hospital. Jai later returns the following day and confronts Kirin. Priya then calls the police off Jai but when the police pull Jai and Kirin over in Jai's car, Kirin says that the drugs are his and is arrested. When Belle returns, her parents inform her of Kirin's previous arrest during when she was away. She ends her relationship with Kirin. He then finds out that he is Johnny's biological father and tells Rakesh that he does not want any involvement with him from that day forward. Rakesh is left devastated. Kirin then decides to become a better father to Johnny, but struggles when Vanessa temporary leaves for a few days. When Johnny will not stop crying, Kirin then picks him up to shake him until Carly Hope (Gemma Atkinson) arrives and stops him.

After seeing Vanessa let Adam hold Johnny for a few minutes in the pub, Kirin angrily drives away at top speed. He then accidentally runs over and kills Tess Harris (Nicola Stephenson). He abandons the car in the woods and sets it on fire. Vanessa then tells Kirin that all parents make mistakes and forgives him. When Sam Dingle (James Hooton) discovers his burnt-out car, Kirin panics and decides to leave before he is caught. When Vanessa walks in on him with his bags packed, he lies and says that he does not love Johnny, states that he is not cut out for parenthood, and suggests it would be better if Vanessa lied to Johnny about his real father. Vanessa throws him out. He then tells Rakesh about the hit-and-run. Rakesh promises to get the best legal counsel for Kirin and seemingly convinces him to stay and face the music. While Rakesh is upstairs for a few minutes, Kirin steals his car and flees. Following this, he fled to continental Europe, before ending up in South America, where he contacted Rakesh and requested £20,000 to settle down there. This was a contributing factor to the financial troubles that resulted in Rakesh burning down Mill Cottage to claim the insurance money to pay off his debt. The fire itself resulted in Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) becoming paralysed and Ronnie Hale (John McArdle) slipping into a coma, and the plan ultimately backfired when the insurance company concluded the fire was started fraudulently.

Lawrence White[edit]

Lawrence White
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by John Bowe
Duration 2014–2017
First appearance 30 September 2014
Introduced by Kate Oates
Classification Present; regular (departing)
Occupation Businessman
Home Home Farm

Lawrence Alexander Hugo White, played by John Bowe, made his first screen appearance on 30 September 2014. Bowe was initially contracted for six months.[18] Of his casting, Bowe said "I am delighted to be joining the cast of Emmerdale and having already recorded scenes involving Edna's long forgotten past, it is now fantastic to have been given the keys to Home Farm. I can't wait to stir things up."[19] Lawrence had an affair with Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) husband, Harold, and she reported Lawrence to the police, who then sent him to prison. Edna assumed that Lawrence had died, before they came face-to-face again.[20] On 3 October, it was announced that Lawrence and his family would become the new owners of Home Farm.[19] On 27 April 2017, Bowe revealed that he would be leaving the soap after being axed by new executive producer, Iain MacLeod.[21]

Lawrence had an affair with Edna's husband Harold, during a time when homosexuality was illegal. Edna found out about the affair and reported him to the police. She believed Lawrence died in prison. In fact, Lawrence married a woman, Ellen, and had two daughters, Chrissie (Louise Marwood) and Rebecca (Emily Head). Lawrence moves into Home Farm and looks around the village. He meets Edna and is shocked. They talk and he reveals that after his prison sentence, he changed his ways and settled down. His daughter Chrissie and her fiancé Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley), along with his grandson Lachlan (Thomas Atkinson), move into Home Farm. Lawrence shows resent towards Robert and tries to convince Chrissie to call off their engagement. Robert then stages a robbery, resulting in Lawrence suffering an angina attack. Lawrence and Robert then start to bond, after he believes that Robert saved him and Chrissie.

In 2015, Lawrence falls in love with Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles) and they quickly become engaged. When their wedding day arrives, Lawrence offers Bernice the option of having an open marriage if she becomes unhappy with him. Bernice becomes concerned about this, so Lawrence decides to call the wedding off. Whilst Lawrence tells the guests about the wedding being called off, Bernice turns up having realised how much she loves Lawrence and the ceremony carries on as planned.

David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) finds out that Lachlan and Lawrence's stepdaughter, Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham), were responsible for the break in at Eric Pollard's (Chris Chittell) house and the theft of Val's ring. David is unhappy at Lawrence's discipline suggestion by paying for damages and insists on phoning the police. When Gabby's father, Ashley Thomas (John Middleton), finds out what Gabby has done, he is furious with Bernice and Lawrence and insists Gabby lives with him full-time. Later, Lawrence talks to Ashley, agreeing with what he said and the reason he is soft with Gabby is because he doesn't feel like it's his place to discipline Gabby, but Ashley reminds him he has to be a dad through the bad as well as the good. They later inform Bernice of the plan for Lawrence to adopt Gabby when Ashley's dementia worsens. Lawrence arranges for Lachlan and Gabby to apologise to Eric in front of their parents. When Gabby complains about being embarrassed and that Lawrence isn't her father, Ashley tells her that Lawrence is as much of a parent to her as him and Bernice. Later, Lawrence finds Lachlan's laptop open and finds footage of Bernice. He suspects Lachlan is responsible, when in fact it is Chrissie and he tells Bernice what Lachlan may be doing. Chrissie later confesses it was her and that she didn't want Bernice betraying him, but Chrissie learns her dad offered Bernice an open marriage and did the same with her mother. Chrissie later fears that she and Rebecca may not be Lawrence's children. A few weeks later Chrissie's new boyfriend Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) convinces her to ask for a DNA test but after an argument over it Lawrence finally tells Chrissie the truth, that he is not her real father. Ronnie Hale (John McArdle), who Bernice believes to be Chrissie's biological father, turns up at Home Farm looking for Lawrence. He reveals that Chrissie asked him to fix a leak weeks before. They have an argument until Bernice interrupts. Ronnie says goodbye to Lawrence and leaves. He tells Bernice who he really is. It is later confirmed that Lawrence and Ronnie were lovers while he was married to Ellen. When he sees Ronnie talking to Lachlan he orders him to leave but Ronnie refuses. He then asks Sam Dingle (James Hooton) to kill Ronnie. He reluctantly agrees. When he goes to shoot him Ronnie talks him down. He then gives Lawrence back the gun and confronts him. Lawrence accidentally hits Ronnie and Ronnie leaves telling Lawrence that he won't be seeing him again. Lawrence later tells Bernice she made the biggest mistake of her life marrying him.

Chrissie White[edit]

Christine "Chrissie" White (also Sugden) is played by Louise Marwood. She made her first on-screen appearance on 23 October 2014. The character and casting was announced on 4 October 2014. Her storylines have included: her turbulent relationship and later marriage to Robert; being caught up in a raid at Home Farm organised by Robert; defending her teenage son Lachlan White (Thomas Atkinson) when it is revealed that he sexually assaulted Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson); discovering that Robert has been having an affair with Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller); causing a helicopter crash which killed multiple residents; discovering that Lawrence White (John Bowe) is not her biological father; embarking on a relationship with Robert's adoptive brother Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher); framing Andy for Lawrence's attempted murder when Lachlan shoots him after discovering that Andy had cheated on her; and her intense feud with her younger sister Rebecca White (Emily Head).

Lachlan White[edit]

Lachlan White
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Thomas Atkinson
Duration 2014–
First appearance 10 November 2014
Introduced by Kate Oates
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Student
Home Home Farm

Lachlan White, played by Thomas Atkinson, made his first screen appearance on 10 November 2014. The character and casting was announced on 4 October 2014.[19] Lachlan is Chrissie White's (Louise Marwood) son and he was described as being a "troubled 14-year-old".[19] Atkinson took a break from the show between January 2017 until April 2017 due to his education, Lachlan made a full-time return on 20 April 2017.

Lachlan befriends Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper), but her strange behaviour causes others to think Lachlan has been harassing her. Lachlan photographs Belle and realises that something is wrong with her. He helps her realise that she needs help, as do her family. Lachlan also makes friends with Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) and spends time with him at his house. Jacob's mother, Alicia (Natalie Anderson), takes an interest in him as she can see he is a bit different. Chrissie is grateful for this but it soon becomes clear that Lachlan's interest in Alicia is inappropriate as shown when Chrissie finds that Lachlan has a lot of photos of Alicia. He claims that this is because he is helping Jacob make a photo book, which is true, and Jacob gives it to his mother as a present.

Lachlan later buys Alicia an expensive handbag as a Valentine's present, making her husband, David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden), wonder where it came from until Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) tells him that she saw Lachlan with it. David tells Alicia and she returns it, letting him down gently, but Lachlan ignores it and David's warning to keep his distance. Believing Alicia returns his feelings, he sexually assaults her but a distraught Alicia throws him out of the house and calls the police. He initially tells the police that their relationship was consensual, leading her to be questioned about this. Chrissie initially believes him but later finds evidence that he is lying and on hearing Alicia's version of events, calls the police herself. She tells him and her father that Lachlan must take responsibility for what he has done.

After finishing his counselling, Lachlan begins suffering abuse from other students. He starts to blame Chrissie for ruining his reputation. Chrissie decides to get in contact with his father Donny Cairn (Alan Convy) in order to get through to him. Donny suggests to Lachlan that he lives with him in Scotland, to which Lachlan agrees. The next morning, Chrissie and her father Lawrence White (John Bowe) tell Lachlan that Donny had left to go abroad, when in fact he had been beaten up by loan sharks. After nearly being beaten up from other students and was saved by Alicia, Lachlan finally showed remorse and apologises to Alicia. A few weeks later, Lachlan goes to stay with Rebecca for a few weeks. He returns, aware of his mother's fiancé Robert Sugden's (Ryan Hawley) affair with Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller), and becomes resentful towards him. After Chrissie is arrested for causing the helicopter crash, Lachlan becomes determined to kill Robert and gets a gun from the safe. Lachlan walks with a gun around the village and is informed by Rakesh Kotecha (Pasha Bocarie). That evening, Robert is shot and comatosed. After Lawrence confesses to attempted murder, Chrissie arranges Lachlan return to Rebecca for a few months. Upon his return, he and his step-aunt Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) rob Eric Pollard's (Chris Chittell) house and steal his former wife Val's (Charlie Hardwick) wedding ring, who was killed in the helicopter crash.

Lachlan supports Belle as she confides in him about her relationship with a married man, Dr. Jermaine Bailey (Micah Balfour). Fearing that Belle is being used by Dr. Bailey, Lachlan takes drastic action and trashes his house but Belle leaves her bag behind and is thus suspected of trashing the house herself. Belle confronts Lachlan about what he did and he lets slip that he is in love with her.

In October 2016, Lachlan gets kidnapped by Aaron after Lachlan threatens to lie and tells everybody that Robert sexually abused him. Aaron and Robert took Lachlan to the quarry when he escape and Aaron and Robert chase him. Lachlan nearly pushes Aaron over but Robert grabs him. Lachlan tells Aaron that Robert used to sleep with Rebecca when he was with Chrissie. Aaron and Robert put Lachlan back in the car boot. Later, Robert and Aaron have a chat when they see Ashley's wrecked car. Aaron avoids hitting the car but crashes into a lake. Robert rescues Aaron and went back for Lachlan who managed to make his own escape. Robert comes out of the lake and gets angry with Lachlan. Robert threatens Lachlan if Aaron dies, he will come after him however, Aaron survives. A week after, Lachlan lies to his family where he was, making them unaware that Lachlan was involved in the crash that killed James Barton (Bill Ward).

In November 2016, Lachlan finally confesses to the police that he shot his grandfather Lawrence but conceals his mother's involvement in framing Andy. Lachlan's family is left in shock when they learn that Lachlan has been charged with attempted murder and perverting the course of justice.


Date(s) Character Actor Circumstances
6 January–17 April Ian Chamberlain Robert Cavanah[22] Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick) had a fling with Ian while she was in Portugal. Months later Ian comes to Emmerdale to inform Val that he has HIV and may have passed it on to her. Ian tells Val that she needs to get herself tested. He returns later and they go on a few dates. Val then decides to split with him and he leaves.
9 January– Dr Liam Cavanagh Jonny McPherson Dr Cavanagh is first seen in January 2014 when he examines a pregnant Priya Sharma after there are concerns that her eating disorder may be returning. Dr Cavanagh told her that her baby was fine, but he was still concerned for the health of her and the baby. He tries to give Priya the number for a support group but she refuses to take it, determined that everything will be fine. Later the same month, Val Pollard called Dr Cavanagh out to Pollard's Barn to examine Eric, whom she was concerned had contracted HIV. The doctor examined Eric and came to the conclusion that Eric had flu. Dr Cavanagh continues to make appearances throughout 2014/15.

In the episode aired on Friday 20 November 2015, he briefly visits the village and encounters James and Finn Barton who express to him their concerns for their family member and his colleague, Emma Barton, who has gone missing. James and Finn ask him if he knows anything such as where she might currently be working. Liam is initially reluctant, citing reasons of professional confidentiality but later relents and discreetly slips James some info.

11–20 February Anton Bluth Andrew Dowbiggin[23] Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles) meets Anton online, but while on a date with him, Anton handcuffs Bernice to a bed in Jimmy (Nick Miles) and Nicola King's (Nicola Wheeler) house, before robbing the place and fleeing. Bernice talks Nicola into helping her spring a trap for Anton; Nicola dons a disguise and the sisters head to a speed dating event, where as they had hoped, they spot Anton trying to meet other women who he can dupe. Nicola flirts with him and they arrange a date. Bernice watches from a safe distance. Nicola panics when Anton suggests they go back to her place and locks herself in a toilet cubicle. Bernice comes in and knocks Anton out, she then handcuffs him to a toilet and takes his picture.
21–27 February Mark Chris Lindon[24] Mark approaches Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) with information about Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten) and his son, Archie's whereabouts. Mark asks Jai for money before giving him the information.
7 March Laura Atkinson Farrel Hegarty Laura is a brief 'girlfriend' of Ross Barton (Michael Parr). Sarah takes a shine to Laura and promises to paint her nails for her.
1–5 May Tiny Alcock Tony Pritchard Tiny is a delivery driver who goes on several dates with Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick). When Val admits that she is HIV positive, Tiny gets extremely angry and begins shouting at Val, hitting her to the floor in disgust. He confronts her husband, Eric (Chris Chittell), furious that he did not tell him she was HIV positive. Eric becomes aware that Tiny hit Val and confronts him in the village. Tiny begins insulting Val, causing Eric to try and punch him. Tiny puts Eric in a headlock and Val scratches his van as the police arrive. She is arrested from criminal damage. Eric kicks and punches Tiny and is subsequently arrested for assault. The café and David Metcalfe's (Matthew Wolfenden) shop cancel their bread orders because of Tiny's behaviour.
16 May– Amba Metcalfe[25] Ava Jayasinghe[26] (previously Hope and Amba Rose) Amba is David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) and Priya Sharma's (Fiona Wade) daughter. She is born seven weeks premature.[27] She is delivered by her stepmother Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson) and Alicia's sister, Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi).
29 May–15 August Gary North Fergus O'Donnell Ross Barton (Michael Parr) robs Gary and he retaliates by hiring a man called Brad to gas Ross's brother Finn (Joe Gill). Donna Windsor (Verity Rushworth) tries to help Ross by planting illegal drugs in Gary's house, but Gary finds them and disposes of them. Gary later threatens Donna and her daughter, April (Amelia Flanagan). Gary's final job is to retrieve explicit photographs from a safe in a nightclub owned by his arch enemy, Stephen. Donna and Ross attempt to get to the photos, but their plan goes wrong. Stephen brutally beats Ross, while Gary forces Donna to watch. Donna goes to face Gary alone on the roof of the police station and she threatens him with a taser gun, however, North has back up, aiming at Donna. Gary threatens to harm April, saying she will be the subject of an explicit photo, and so Donna puts the gun down. Ross runs towards them and Donna tells him that she lied and she really does love him. She then handcuffs herself to Gary and jumps off the roof, killing herself and Gary.
29 May–2 June Laurent Alexander Devrient[28] Laurent is a French cyclist, who falls off his bike when Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) steps into his path. Kerry apologises and invites Laurent to stay at her house, when she becomes worried that he will sue her. Shortly before Laurent is due to leave, he kisses Kerry, but she rejects him.
22–24 July Brad Jaz Martin[29] Brad arrives in the village looking for Finn Barton (Joe Gill). He later attempts to murder Finn on orders from Gary North (Fergus O'Donnell).
22 July Kev Berry Christopher Connel[29] Kev gatecrashes Kerry Wyatt's (Laura Norton) wedding reception and reveals that he and Kerry are married. A fight breaks out between Kev, Kerry, Kerry's new husband Dan Spencer (Liam Fox) and Dan's brother Daz Spencer (Mark Jordon). The police then arrive and Kev, Kerry, Dan and Daz are all arrested. Kerry is arrested and charged for bigamy, while Kev, Dan and Daz are all arrested for affray.
29 September–3 November, 13 January 2016, 1 February 2016 Juliette Holliday Amelia Curtis Juliette arrives at Home Farm heavily pregnant and reveals to Jimmy King (Nick Miles) and his wife Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) that Jimmy is the father of her baby. She admits that this is her first meeting with Jimmy, but it later transpires that Jimmy donated sperm to a sperm bank, and that Juliette has been supplied with the wrong sperm. Juliette later reveals that her husband left her when she became obsessed with having a baby, and later reveals that she intends on naming her unborn child Carl, which is coincidental after Jimmy's deceased brother was named Carl (Tom Lister). Juliette returns a week later and gives birth in Jimmy and Nicola's house to baby Carl, and Nicola is forced to deliver him. Juliette later asks Jimmy if he wants anything to do with Carl, and Jimmy agrees he wants access to his newborn son, although does not tell Nicola. Juliette announces she is moving closer to the village, but later leaves on behalf of Carl. In January 2016, Jimmy calls Juliette asking to see Carl and she arrives in the village, revealing that her husband has left her and she is struggling to look after Carl. Jimmy offers to look after Carl whilst she clears her head, to the shock of Nicola. Juliette returns again in February 2016 when she is expected to take Carl back to live with her, but still in an unstable mindset, requests Jimmy and Nicola continue to look after Carl. They are delighted with this and discuss having Jimmy and Nicola as the legal guardians of Carl.
7 October–3 November, 13 January 2016− Carl Holliday[30] Charlie Munro Joyce[30] Carl is Juliette and Jimmy King's son.[31] He was conceived after Juliette was given Jimmy's sperm by mistake at the sperm bank. Carl returned in January 2016 when his mother brings him to the village. When Juliette admits that she is struggling since her husband left her, Jimmy offers to look after Carl, despite having recently taken in his son, Elliot Windsor (Luca Hoyle), to live with him and his wife, Nicola (Nicola Wheeler). Nicola is shocked when she discovers Carl will be living with them as well as Elliot. The following month, Juliette returns for Carl, but they decide that Carl should begin living with Jimmy and Nicola regularly, with them as his legal guardians.


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