Gavin Blyth

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Gavin Blyth
Born Gavin John Blyth
27 October 1969 (1969-10-27)
Southport, Lancashire, England[1]
Died 26 November 2010(2010-11-26) (aged 41)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation TV Producer, journalist
Years active 2002–10
Television Emmerdale
Coronation Street
Spouse(s) Charlotte (?–?, divorced)
Suzy (until 2010, his death)
Children 2 (with Charlotte)
1 (with Suzy)

Gavin John Blyth (27 October 1969 – 26 November 2010)[2][3] was a British television producer and journalist. He was well known for being series producer of Emmerdale from January 2009 until his death. Beginning his career in 2002, he joined Emmerdale in 2003 as a writer. He later went on to be an assistant producer and also a story editor on Coronation Street.

Early life[edit]

Blyth was born on 27 October 1969, in Southport he grew up in the village of Hesketh Bank and was educated at Tarleton High School, he was the son of Merseyside journalist and broadcaster Roger Blyth. He began his journalism career in 1985 with his father's company Mercury Press Agency in Liverpool.


On 17 January 2009, it was announced that Anita Turner had quit her role as Emmerdale's series producer after just one year.[4] Blyth was later announced as producer on 22 January 2009.[5] Blyth's first credited episode was broadcast on 13 March 2009.[6]

He introduced several characters to the show, including Faye Lamb (Kim Thomson), Lizzie Lakely (Kitty McGeever), Ryan Lamb (James Sutton), Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson), Nikhil Sharma (Rik Makarem), Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade), Sally Spode (Siân Reeves), Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock), Hazel Rhodes (Pauline Quirke), Alicia Gallagher (Natalie Anderson) and Cameron Murray (Dominic Power). Blyth also reintroduced past and popular characters to the programme including Charity Tate (Emma Atkins)[7] and Kelly Windsor (Adele Silva).[8] Emmerdale's Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy) held a football match for Blyth with co-stars and stars from Coronation Street. They raised £66,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Personal life[edit]

Blyth was married to Suzy with whom he had a son Carter. He had two older children, Tom and Anya, from his first marriage to Charlotte.[1]


In May 2011, Blyth was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards. It was accepted by his partner Suzy.


He died from a form of Lymphoma cancer at St James' Hospital in Leeds, only a matter of weeks after it had been diagnosed.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tony McConville (27 Nov 2010). "Ex-Liverpool journalist and Emmerdale boss Gavin Blyth has died". Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Hayward, Anthony (1 December 2010). "Gavin Blyth obituary". The Guardian. London. 
  3. ^ Daniel Kilkelly (27 November 2010). "'Emmerdale' producer Blyth dies, aged 41". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Blackburn, Jen (2009-01-17). "Emmerdale producer quits". The Sun. London. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  5. ^ Kris Green (22 January 2009). "Blyth named new 'Emmerdale' producer". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  6. ^ Kris Green (March 7, 2009). "Gavin Blyth's first 'Emmerdale' credit". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  7. ^ Kris Green (March 18, 2009). "Charity Tate returns to 'Emmerdale'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  8. ^ Adam Silverstein (5 November 2010). "Adele Silva returning to 'Emmerdale'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 

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