List of Emmerdale characters (2000)
|Portrayed by||Janice McKenzie|
|First appearance||30 May 2000|
|Last appearance||6 February 2004|
Bishop George Postlethwaite
|Bishop George Postlethwaite|
|Portrayed by||Peter Cartwright|
|First appearance||July 2000|
|Last appearance||29 January 2010|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts (2000)
Steve Frost (2003, 2004)
Kathleen Beedles (2007)
When Ashley decides he wants to marry Laurel Potts (Charlotte Bellamy), George is against the marriage as he believes that Ashley is rushing into things. Ashley announced his resignation from the priesthood - so he could marry - to the shock of the Bishop. Ashley later withdraws his resignation, causing George to once again say that Ashley is quick to make decisions. Eventually, the Bishop gives his approval and marries the couple in November 2005. Among the ceremonies he has conducted include the marriage of Tom King (Ken Farrington) and Rosemary Sinclair (Linda Thorson) on Christmas Day 2006 and the baptism of the Hope twins in May 2007. He also appears to judge village competitions.
When the death of his housekeeper leaves George lonely, Laurel tries to matchmake him with Emily Kirk (Kate McGregor), despite the age gap between the two. While Emily and George spend more time with each other, he is persuading her to become a priest. In October 2008, Bishop George announces that Emmerdale's village church, St. Mary's, is to close due to low attendance at services. The congregation, organised by Nicola De Souza (Nicola Wheeler), start a village choir and enter a competition, where they win an effort award. However, the church is still to be sold to Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) and the last service will be on Christmas Day 2008. However, on Christmas Day, Nicola organises a sit-in at the Church and invites all the press including Calendar. This causes Eric to pull out of buying the site, and the Bishop tells Ashley the following day that he may continue services in the church until a new buyer is found. He returns in January to tell the Thomas' that the church has been bought and they must be prepared to leave. However, the following day the church's new owners, Mark (Maxwell Caulfield) and Natasha Wylde (Amanda Donohoe), give the church back to the community and Ashley keeps his job. In February 2009, he visits the village when Ashley and Laurel have to tell him that Jasmine Thomas (Jenna-Louise Coleman) has run away after murdering someone while Laurel is being charged with perverting the course of justice. He appears frequently appears during Sally Spode's (Siân Reeves) time in the village. Her husband was a vicar who he thought was abusing her so sent him to a health retreat. In 2010, he realises that it is Sally who is ruining the Thomas family's lives and apologises.
|Portrayed by||Mike Kelly|
|Appears on||26 September 2000|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts|
Married firstly to Vera-Lynn, with whom he had Mandy, he remarried secondly and gained four stepsons.
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|Portrayed by||Gillian Jephcott (2000–2004)
Sally Dexter (2017–)
|Duration||2000, 2004, 2017–|
|First appearance||30 November 2000|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts (2000)
Steve Frost (2004)
Iain MacLeod (2017)
Faith Dingle is the ex-wife of Shadrach Dingle (Andy Devine). She appeared in 2000 and 2004 played by Gillian Jephcott. In March 2016 it was announced that she would be returning, she made her return on 6 February 2017 this time played by Sally Dexter, however she was credited for the first couple of episodes simply as Woman in Barn as her identity was kept a secret.
The ex-wife of Shadrach, Faith is the mother of Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Chas (Lucy Pargeter), grandmother of Aaron (Danny Miller), Kyle (Huey Quinn) and Debbie (Charley Webb) and great-grandmother of Sarah (Katie Hill) and Jack. She had an affair with Shadrach's brother Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell), who is Cain's father. First appearing in 2000, Faith returns to Emmerdale in October 2004 for celebrations to mark Zak and his family's 10th anniversary in the village. She tries to get to know her granddaughter, Debbie, but Cain does not let her.
Faith was born in Leeds to a teenage Josie Dingle. In 1974, Faith had a one-night stand with her married distant cousin Zak, resulting in Faith falling pregnant with her son Cain. The following year, Faith married Zak's older brother Shadrach, and then in 1978 gave birth to their daughter Chastity. Faith and Shadrach's marriage was not a happy one, including many affairs and violence on both sides. Faith left her family when her children were young and did not see them again until they were in their twenties.
In February 2017, Faith is found hiding in the barn at Wishing Well Cottage and meets her great-granddaughter, Sarah, who has no idea who she is. She asks Sarah to keep her presence secret and to supply her with things. When Debbie becomes suspicious of Sarah's behaviour, Sarah takes her to meet Faith, only to find Faith has gone. At the B&B, Faith collapses in the bathroom and is found by Doug Potts (Duncan Preston), who calls an ambulance. When Faith is taken outside, she sees Cain and Chas, who are not pleased to see her. While in hospital it emerges that she is Sarah's benefactor, having made herself penniless by donating £20,000 for Sarah's cancer treatment. Faith is horrified when she discovers that Aaron was raped by his father when he was young and told him that he did the right thing to change his name to Dingle. At Aaron's wedding to Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley), a woman arrives with the police and tells them that Faith murdered her father.
Faith later hosts a psychic night at The Woolpack, panicking Emma Barton (Gillian Kearney) who killed her husband James (Bill Ward) the previous year. Faith makes out as though she knows this after overhearing Emma confessing in church, however Emma realises that Faith cannot know the truth when Faith believes that James committed suicide. After an emotional heart-to-heart with Chas, Faith rejects a hug from her, leaving Chas furious and heartbroken. It is later revealed that she has had a double mastectomy after battling breast cancer.
Laura-Jayne Tyler of Inside Soap praised Faith's reintroduction, describing Faith as "a wonderfully wicked addition" and "fun. frivolours and feisty". She added, "we're under no illusion that she can also be an evil cow when she wants to be! Bring on the episode where we get the nitty-gritty on why her kids hate her so much..." In August 2017, Dexter was longlisted for Best Newcomer and Funniest Female at the Inside Soap Awards.
- Tyler, Laura-Jayne (25 February – 3 March 2017). "Hits & Misses!". Inside Soap. 2017 (8): 98.
- Harp, Justin (22 August 2017). "Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks all make the Inside Soap Awards longlist". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 22 August 2017.