List of Emmerdale characters (2011)
|Portrayed by||Ryan Prescott|
|First appearance||31 January 2011|
|Last appearance||14 September 2011|
|Introduced by||Gavin Blyth|
Flynn Buchanan, played by Ryan Prescott, made his first on-screen appearance on 31 January 2011. Flynn was introduced as a love interest for Aaron Livesy. The character and casting was announced in January 2011. Prescott landed the role of Flynn shortly after graduating from a performing arts degree. He began filming his first scenes in late November 2010. Prescott told The Champion that he had been recognised from being in Emmerdale. He said "The storyline in Emmerdale was so big already that it's brought a lot of publicity, I signed my first couple of autographs the other day which was weird." He added that he had enjoyed his time on the set. In August 2011, it was announced Prescott would be returning to Emmerdale for a one off guest appearance in September 2011.
Flynn meets Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) in a gay nightclub in Hotten. Flynn spots Aaron playing a game of pool with his friend Adam Barton (Adam Thomas). Flynn challenges Aaron to a game and wins. Adam buys Flynn a drink along with Aaron's. Flynn makes a pass at Aaron and gives him his phone number. Although Aaron initially rejects him and goes home, it is later revealed that Flynn has sent a text to Aaron asking him out for another date. The two continue to date over the following weeks when Flynn comes back from a trip away and has an awkward meeting in The Woolpack with Aaron's ex-boyfriend Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) who had asked Aaron to introduce him to Flynn. The following week, however, whilst they are on a date, Aaron begins to feel awkward and tells Flynn that he still wants to be with Jackson and regrets ending their relationship. Flynn tells Aaron that he is glad that he was finally being honest with him. Aaron ends his relationship with Flynn and reconciles with Jackson. A few months later, Adam spots Flynn on a night out. They go over to see Aaron and Flynn tells him he is glad to see him. They talk about Jackson's death and Aaron leaves Flynn alone in the bar.
|Portrayed by||Andy Walker|
|First appearance||25 February 2011|
|Last appearance||15 July 2011|
|Introduced by||Gavin Blyth|
Steve Kelly, played by Andy Walker, made his first on-screen appearance on 25 February 2011. Steve is a quadriplegic who tries to show Jackson Walsh that being disabled does not have to be a negative thing.
Walker was approached about appearing in Emmerdale by the charity Back-Up Trust. He was scheduled to appear in five episodes and he said "Getting a part in Emmerdale is part of me going forward in my life." Walker was paralysed from the neck down during an accident in Goa in 2006. He broke his neck when he dived into the sea and hit his head on the sand. Walker's character, Steve, was introduced to Emmerdale to show Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) that he has a life to live after being paralysed. Of his part, Walker said "I play the same role in the programme as I do in life, showing that disability doesn't necessarily have to be a negative thing." He added that Steve will tell Jackson that he can still go on holiday, take him to a football game and meet him in the pub.
|Portrayed by||Dominic Power|
|First appearance||3 March 2011|
|Last appearance||17 October 2013|
|Introduced by||Gavin Blyth|
|Occupation||Haulage driver (2011, 2013)
Barman (2012, 2013)
Trainee mechanic (2012)
Cameron Murray, played by Dominic Power, made his first screen appearance on 3 March 2011. The character and casting was announced on 21 December 2010. Digital Spy said sparks will fly between Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) and Cameron and it becomes clear that they have a shared history. Debbie is unhappy to see Cameron in the village. Of his character, Power said "Cameron is a strong, sharp-tongued and defiant character. He is essentially a good guy but has a darker, edgier side to him."
When Debbie becomes pregnant by her ex-boyfriend Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) to get a bone marrow donor for her sick daughter, Cameron can not handle it. Debbie's aunt, Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) becomes his confidant and they grow close. When Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) annoys Cameron, he is annoyed about the situation with Debbie and picks a fight with Marlon. Chas then defuses their fraca and she makes Cameron talk about his issues. A spokesperson for the serial told Susan Hill of Daily Star that there is "a slight spark of chemistry" between Cameron and Chas and that as the storyline develops it becomes "very interesting". Cameron keeps offloading his problems onto Chas. The pair get more acquainted and "the more time they spend together the closer they get". They eventually kiss and Chas feels guilty. Gemma Graham and Jon Horsley of TV Buzz quipped that "it doesn't get much classier than getting it on with your pregnant niece’s boyfriend in a pub cellar." They added that Cameron and Chas were right to feel guilty and predicted that the situation "isn't going to end well". Though the writers jumped to the couple's defence because they had attempted to ignore their feelings. On Digital Spy's 2012 end of year reader poll, Cameron and Chas' affair was voted fourth in the "Best Storyline" category, receiving 8.9% of the vote.
Cameron comes to the village after tracking Debbie down, telling her that he has left his wife and sons for her. Debbie tells him that their affair was a mistake. Carl King (Tom Lister) gives Cameron a job at Emmerdale Haulage and he catches the eye of Eve Jenson (Suzanne Shaw). Debbie finally gives into Cameron and they get back together. He also moves into Tug Ghyll with her and her daughter, Sarah (Sophia Amber Moore), and Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher), Sarah's father, is jealous of Sarah and Cameron's relationship. Cameron also clashes with Debbie's father, Cain (Jeff Hordley) and tries to persuade Cain not to interfere in his and Debbie's relationship.
Debbie learns Cameron had another affair after she left Jersey, but he insists it meant nothing and is delighted when Debbie tells him that she is pregnant but miscarries not long afterwards. Cameron tries to support her and not let his feelings show. His sons, Dylan and Harry, come to stay for a few days. Sarah become sick and they learn she has a rare genetic disorder. Cameron hires his own truck and starts poaching the King's customers. Carl attacks Cameron's truck and Cameron then plots to ruin the Kings. Cameron, Cain and Charity Tate (Emma Atkins) steal the Kings' haulage trucks and sell them off. Cameron then wipes all the files containing contracts from Carl's computer. This prompts Cain to tell Cameron he is part of the Dingle clan. Sarah falls ill and Debbie realises that she needs to conceive a saviour sibling with Andy. Cameron is unhappy when her learns they had sex together. Cameron embarks on an affair with Chas Dingle and promises to leave Debbie for her. Carl later discovers the affair and begins blackmailing Cameron and Chas for money. Cameron becomes desperate to raise the amount and he and Chas attempt to rob The Woolpack. Cameron later fights with Carl and hits him over the head with a brick, killing him. Cameron does not admit to killing Carl and Chas is charged with his murder. Consumed with gulit, he confesses the truth to Alex Moss (Kurtis Stacey). Cameron is then relieved to hear that Chas has been acquitted, but he suspects Alex may go to the police, so he takes Alex hostage in a haulage van. Alex escapes and runs through the woods but Cameron is too quick and catches Alex before dragging him back to the van. As Alex ran Cameron cannot risk him going to the police so kills him in the van. Cameron is later seen burying Alex in the woods along with his bag of clothes he stole. However later work begins on the site where Alex is buried so Cameron returns to the gravesite and unearths Alex' decaying corpse and moves it to a different location and burns Alex' bag before returning to the village.
Cameron shocks the Dingles' and proposes to Chas and they get engaged. Cameron flies his sons over from Jersey to meet Chas properly but when the boys run and hide at Debbie's, Cameron begins to doubt his choice between Chas and Debbie but when Debbie kidnaps the boys and forces Moira to miscarry, Cameron is shocked when Dylan and Harry refuse to be in the same room with Chas as they believe she killed Carl and Cameron realizes he can never reveal his true secret because of the boys. Cameron and Chas aim to buy the Woolpack but when Cameron's ex-wife Anna refuses to let Cameron see his boys, they are forced to use the money to apply for custody.
Cameron begins to feel sorry for Debbie when Andy takes Jack and Sarah away and the pair share a kiss but are almost caught by Chas. Cameron persuades Debbie not to flee and the pair sleep together. He later learns that Debbie almost murdered Chas by holding her a gunpoint whilst he was away in Jersey. Gennie notices a connection between both Cameron and Debbie as they begin to get close again and she tries to get the evidence she needs to prove to Chas that she's right by breaking into Debbie's house to record the pair. However, she gets more than she bargained for as Cameron confesses to the murder of Carl to Debbie. After reconciling their relationship, they both head to the Woolpack to tell Chas that they've reunited but are shocked to see Gennie emerging from the house. They suddenly realise she overheard the confession and chase her. A scared Gennie gets into her car but are quickly pursued by Cameron and Debbie. However, Gennie's car spirals out of control and she's involved in a huge car crash. Panicking, Debbie calls the police while Cameron helps a badly injured Gennie out of wrecked car. Knowing she could expose his secret, Cameron claims his third victim and murders Gennie.
Cameron proposes to Debbie and she accepts. Debbie manages to get Cameron talking about Carl and Gennie's deaths. She tells him that she will forgive him if he tells her what really happened. Cameron then explains how he put his hand over Gennie's mouth and killed her. Debbie screams out a code word and Cameron realises that the police are watching him. He holds Debbie hostage and threatens to kill her. Debbie tries to reason with Cameron, but then she asks if Alex deserved it. Cameron drags Debbie up the stairs, but she pushes him down, injuring him. Debbie escapes and Cameron is arrested.
In early October 2013, Cameron escapes from prison. Debbie's house is guarded by policemen at all times. Cameron tricks the police in thinking he has escaped to another country by appearing on CCTV at a ferry port, but then moves out the way of the camera and makes his way to Emmerdale. After kidnapping Sarah, he enters The Woolpack with a double barrel shotgun which he stole from Zak Dingle's (Steve Halliwell) van which his son Sam (James Hooton) had parked and holds various villagers at gunpoint. Unbeknownst to him, the gun only has 4 bullets. After threatening to shoot Zak, he accidentally shoots Alicia Harding (Natalie Anderson), one of the hostages. The remaining hostages plead with Cameron to let her go so she can be treated, and he eventually lets her go free with David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden). Finally Cameron lets the rest of the hostages out except for Debbie and Chas, and a dramatic struggle between the three of them causes him to shoot through a window using the last of his bullets. Unaware that all his bullets have gone, he asks Chas and Debbie to decide between them which one should die and counts down from 10. He then had no bullets left but then reloaded the gun. Later on, Marlon woke up and knocked Cameron out and held him at gun point as Debbie and Chas tried to escape through the cellar. After the power kept going on and off Cameron and Marlon struggled and Cameron was presumably shot in the process only to appear in the cellar later on. He tried numerous times to drown Debbie, Chas and Marlon. Marlon later escaped and the police then finally broke into the pub as they tried to get rescue Debbie and Chas by cutting into the cellar, Chas was able to escape but Cameron captured Debbie once more. He then attempted to drown her but she escaped. He tried to grab Debbie's leg once more but it was too late. Gasping for breath, he is then electrocuted to death by a light bulb after grabbing onto it.
|Portrayed by||Kurtis Stacey|
|First appearance||12 April 2011|
|Last appearance||25 December 2012|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Alex Moss played by Kurtis Stacey, made his first on-screen appearance on 12 April 2011. Alex is a farmhand employed by John Barton to work at Butler's Farm. Stacey's part in Emmerdale is his first major television role. Stacey admitted that he was nervous about making his debut and was worried that he would be replaced by a new actor. He told Holy Soap, "I didn't know what to expect about working on set and how the directors would work. I tried to be as calm and cool as I could and keep my performance natural." During a March 2011 interview with Digital Spy, Executive Producer Steve November commented on Stacey's casting and his character. He described Alex as "a young guy, a working-class farmhand who arrives in the village. He's not unattractive by any means, so he'll be a bit of a heart-throb and romantic lead, break a few hearts, and provide some great stories for our younger women and girls." Alex has also been called a "hunk" and Stacey revealed that he gets into trouble because "he is single and out to enjoy himself." The actor explained that Alex is a regular guy who comes from a troubled background, his family is a touchy subject and this results in him shutting people out. Stacey also revealed that if Alex has a secret then it is most likely to have something to do with his family.
The Press Association reported that Alex would get off on the wrong foot with Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) shortly after his arrival. Alex gains John Barton's (James Thornton) approval as he begins working on the farm and this "riles up" Adam. Of the situation, Stacey said "I don't think he'll get on with Adam because he replaces Adam on the farm – Adam sees him arrive and work really hard and is annoyed that he's good." Alex also catches the eye of Adam's sister, Hannah (Grace Cassidy), and Adam does not like it. Stacey added that Alex will become friends with Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) and he is initially the only person Alex knows in the village. The locals are a little suspicious of Alex at first. When asked how Alex got the job with John, Stacey explained, "Andy knew his dad and knows Alex is a hard worker so he recommends him. When he gets the job as a farmhand, he moves into the caravan." Stacey later revealed that he would be involved with another female character. He said "she's a bit of a naughty one [...] it could be anyone with Alex. Alex is just waiting for the next woman or girl, whoever turns up, he's after them." He stated that Alex needs a female partner with a backbone that can sort him out. If Alex enters a serious relationship, he opined viewers would then see Alex is "a good boy". Holy Soap have branded him a "hunky farmhand" that had "shaken up Emmerdale's female folk since arriving".
On 30 November 2012, it was announced that Cameron Murray (Dominic Power) would murder a village resident, shortly after confessing to them that he killed Carl King (Tom Lister) earlier in the year. Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy stated "Show bosses are hoping to keep the identity of Cameron's second victim under wraps until transmission in a must-see episode next month." On 20 December, Cameron was seen confessing his secret to Alex. After worrying that Alex was going to go to the police, Cameron hit him and held him captive in his van. David Brown from the Radio Times commented "will Alex be the one to meet an untimely end?" On 24 December, Cameron killed Alex by beating him to death, after he tried to escape from him and buries him in the woods. Brown called the scenes "chilling". Stacey later commented that his exit storyline was one that did not come around often and he wanted it. He also thanked the viewers for their support. On 23 August 2013, Alex's body is identified by the police after Katie Macey (Sammy Winward) made an anonymous phone call to the police saying a dead body had been discovered but disregarded by Declan Macey (Jason Merrells).
|Portrayed by||Matt Milburn|
|First appearance||26 May 2011|
|Last appearance||24 November 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Nicky Pritchard played by Matt Milburn, made his first on-screen appearance on 26 May 2011. Nicky arrives in the village as the new locum vet, hired by Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt). Nicky is described as being "gorgeous" and Paddy's partner, Rhona (Zoe Henry) is impressed by him. Milburn has described Nicky as being "very confident and cocky about pretty much everything." Nicky will depart in November 2011.
Nicky develops feelings for Genesis Walker (Sian Reese-Williams). Milburn said Gennie's personality is "very endearing to Nicky", he thinks she is "very cute". Nicky does not realise that Gennie is in love with Nikhil Sharma (Rik Makarem). Nicky and Nikhil act "quite macho and testosterone-fuelled" when together, but because of Nicky is so confident, he does not see him as competition. Gennie accepts Nicky's offer of a date after an arguemnet with Nikhil. Nicky behaves in a "cheeky, forward and no-nonsense" manner, which results in the pair having a good time. However, Nikhil see them and becomes jealous. Milburn said that "Nicky's part of a kind of love triangle he has no idea about." Nicky is deeply touched by Gennie, it is the first time another woman has made "him feel different". While Nicky has had many previous relationships, none have compared to the effect Gennie has on him. Makarem said it has "taken someone of Nicky's calibre, of all his charm and charisma" to take an interest in Gennie, to wake Nikhil up to his own feelings for her.
Makarem later said that Nikhil knows that Gennie does not love Nicky. Nikhil is "suspicious that Nicky's not to be trusted because of his charm and charisma and ease with the ladies." Nikhil thinks that Nicky is cheating on Gennie after he sees him kissing someone. However, this kiss was innocent while greeting his sister-in-law. Nikhil tries to prevoke Nicky into "doing something that gives him away", but when the kiss is revealed to be innocent, Gennie accuses Nikhil of setting Nicky up. A fight in The Woolpack then ensues - because Nikhil is "scared" that he has lost Gennie. Makerem opined that Nikhil thinks Nicky cannot "possibly love her the way he does".
After Nikhil confesses his love for Gennie and she reciprocates and ends her relationship with Nicky, he decides that there is nothing else for him left in Emmerdale as Rhona is back working at the vet's. Because of this, he leaves the village. Nicky later contacts Paddy asking for a reference for a job in New Zealand, but Paddy gives him a bad reference so he can take the job instead.
|Portrayed by||Theo Tasker (2011)
Harry Whittaker (2011–14)
Harvey Rogerson (2012–)
|First appearance||31 May 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) realises she is pregnant shortly after ending her relationship with Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock). During a scan, Rhona and Marlon are told that their baby has Down syndrome. Rhona chooses to keep the baby and she, Marlon and her new partner, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt), decide to share the parental responsibilities. Henry told the Daily Mirror that there were two baby boys playing Leo. They were not twins, which is the usual practice when casting for babies on-screen, and they both had Down syndrome. Henry revealed that she was "really excited" to get the storyline because it is telling a real story that happens to real people.
The babies who initially portrayed Leo were Theo Tasker and Harry Whittaker (nephew of actress Jodie Whittaker). Tasker's mother, Dee, told the Ballymoney and Moyle Times that she was delighted her 12-week-old baby was helping to send out a positive message about down syndrome. She said: "It is great that Theo can help people see that a baby born Down's syndrome is just the same as any other child who laughs, smiles and is a great wee character." Tasker revealed that a woman at the Child Development Unit said Emmerdale were looking for a Down syndrome baby to play the role of Leo and they were invited along to meet the crew. Tasker explained that she and her husband did not want to get involved initially because they were unaware of what the storyline would be. Emmerdale explained the storyline and said that they would be portraying the issue "positively and sensitively", so the Taskers agreed to Theo appearing. The role was taken over by Wittaker solely until May 2012 when Harvey Rogerson was cast as Whittaker's back up. On 1 July 2014, Whittaker died, aged 3. A message honouring him appeared at the end of the episode broadcast on 10 July. After an extended break, Rogerson took over the role of Leo full time.
Rhona goes into labour at The Woolpack after she is knocked over by Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) and Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller), who are fighting. She is taken to the hospital accompanied by Marlon, and she gives birth to a boy. After a discussion, Rhona and Marlon name their son, Leo. Paddy comes to visit Leo and Rhona, followed by Aaron, Hazel Rhodes (Pauline Quirke) and Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock). In October 2011, Leo is christened, with Aaron and Laurel as his godparents.
|Portrayed by||Gemma Oaten|
|First appearance||19 July 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn (2011)
Kate Oates (2015)
|Classification||Present; regular (departing)|
Rachel Leanne Breckle, played by Gemma Oaten, made her first on-screen appearance on 19 July 2011. The character and casting was announced on 3 June 2011. Of her casting, Oaten said "I'm thrilled to be joining Emmerdale. I've always watched the show and getting the part of Rachel is a dream come true. She is a fantastic character and I'm so excited about filming my first scenes." Series producer Stuart Blackburn said he was "delighted" to welcome Oaten to the cast. On 30 October 2013, it was announced Oaten had chosen to leave Emmerdale, with Rachel making her last appearance on 16 January 2014.
Rachel is described as being "defensive, argumentative" and "feisty." She is insistent on defending her young niece Amelia (Daisy Campbell), who is accused of bullying Samson Dingle (Sam Hall). Blackburn said Rachel will "ruffle a few feathers with her straight-talking approach but beneath the surface she is fiercely loyal with a hidden heart of gold."  Susan Hill of the Daily Star reported that Rachel would storm into the Dingles' house and accuse Samson of being a bully, shocking his father Sam (James Hooton). Sam tries to appease a furious Rachel and she eventually calms down and realises Sam is struggling with Samson. Hill said "She knows exactly what it's like and the pair have a lot more in common than they first think." Rachel and Sam decide to sort things out together and Sam explains that it has been a tough time for Samson and that he promises to talk to him about his behavior. In July 2011, Oaten revealed that members of Rachel's "extended family" would be introduced in the coming months. The actress said "There is a nephew that is coming in too, and there's going to be an extended family that I haven't heard too much about yet, so I'm really excited to see who I'm joined by in the coming months. It'll be great!" Oaten also explained that she would like to explore Rachel's lonely side and see it come out as the weeks go by. She also added Rachel has a "quite a quirky sense of humor." For her portrayal of Rachel, Oaten was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2012 British Soap Awards.
After her niece, Amelia, tells her she is being bullied by Samson Dingle, Rachel confronts his father, Sam. However, Rachel is forced to apologise to Sam, when she learns Amelia was actually bullying Samson. Rachel and Sam then become friends. Rachel's teenage nephew, Sean (Luke Roskell), finds her and reveals he stole some money from the local garage and Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) had collapsed while chasing him. Rachel is angered when Aaron's mother, Chas (Lucy Pargeter), threatens Sean and tells him to stay away from Aaron. Rachel is given a job in The Woolpack by Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen). She works alongside Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and she begins to fall for him. However, when Marlon turns Rachel down, she discovers he has feelings for Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). Rachel tells Sam she is interested in Brook Cottage, but Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) tells Rachel she cannot have the house. Rachel shows her sister, Ali (Kelli Hollis), around the cottage and they rent the house from Declan Macey (Jason Merrells). Rachel, Ali, Amelia, Sean and Ali's girlfriend, Ruby Haswell (Alicya Eyo), then move into Brook Cottage. Rachel reveals that she has fallen for Marlon and Ali encourages her to tell him. While talking to him, Rachel tries to kiss Marlon. He pulls away and Rachel returns to Brook Cottage, where she tells Ali that she made a fool of herself. Rachel and Ali argue with Nicola and when Laurel turns up, Rachel makes a remark about her affair with Marlon. Ali then asks Rachel to tell her all about it.
Rachel starts working as a cleaner at the Sharma's sweet factory. She is confronted by one of her bosses Jai and he invites her to drink with him. She agrees and they both lean in for a kiss.The pair then end up having sex. The next morning they both awake next to one another. A month or so later after the event Rachel discovers she's pregnant. She tells Jai who is at first shocked, but then warms to the idea. He stops her heading for an abortion and offers to give her a place to stay in Leeds. Rachel believes he is doing it for the sake of their unborn child, but really he just wants her out of the way, so wife Charity doesn't suspect anything untoward. Jai and Rachel later have son Archie, who is born prematurely, he becomes jealous as Sam is spending more time with his son, Rachel is grateful to Sam and slaps Jai when he calls him stupid. She later realises she has feelings for Sam, much to the dismay of Lisa Dingle, Ruby and Ali, however Samson and Amelia are happy and sends a card to Rachel pretending to be Sam, leading Rachel to admitting her feelings.
Rachel returns as a prosecution witness at Charity Dingle's trial for fraud.
|Portrayed by||Daisy Campbell|
|First appearance||19 July 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Amelia Spencer, played by Daisy Campbell, made her first screen appearance on 19 July 2011. The character and casting was announced on 3 June 2011.
Amelia arrives at the Dingles' house with her aunt, Rachel (Gemma Oaten), after she accuses Sam Dingle's (James Hooton) young son, Samson (Sam Hall), of bullying her at school. Rachel makes Amelia say sorry to Samson when it turns out she was the one doing the bullying and is enrolled in the summer club run by Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy) and there, makes friends with the other children. Amelia's and her family; mother Ali (Kelli Hollis), Ali's girlfriend Ruby (Alicya Eyo) and her older brother Sean (Luke Roskell) move into Brook Cottage. Amelia gets fed up of Sean arguing with Ruby and runs away, straight into the path of Carl King's (Tom Lister) van. However, she is pulled out of the way in time by Sam. Amelia is happy when her father, Dan, turns up in the village to see her and Sean.
Amelia decides she wants to believe in god and announces to her mum that she wants to be christened. A few days before her christening day, Amelia changes her mind because two girls at the summer club are bullying her over her mum being a lesbian, which Sean finds amusing. After Ali talks to her, the christening goes ahead as planned. Amelia is a bridesmaid at her father's wedding to Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter). When Chas is later arrested for the murder of Carl King, Amelia makes a dummy of her and attempts to throw it on the bonfire. Amelia auditions for the part of Mary in the nativity play at the church. She begs the vicar for the part and on purpose sings louder than the other children. Amelia later meets her baby cousin Archie after Rachel goes into premature labour. Amelia was also a bridesmaid for her father, Dan, and Kerry Wyatt's wedding. However, it was later discovered that Kerry was already married but she did not think it was valid since it was in Vegas.
|Portrayed by||Luke Roskell|
|First appearance||10 August 2011|
|Last appearance||5 December 2014|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn (2011)
Kate Oates (2014)
|Occupation||Student (until 2014)
Sean Spencer, played by Luke Roskell, made his first on screen appearance on 10 August 2011. Roskell's casting was announced in June 2011. Sean is Ali Spencer's (Kelli Hollis) son and Amelia's (Daisy Campbell) older brother. Much to his horror, Sean's mother left his father for Ruby Haswell (Alicya Eyo). Sean is not happy that his mother has come out as a lesbian and she is no longer with his father. Sean enjoys winding Ruby up. Sean has been described as a "tearaway." The official Emmerdale website said Sean is typical teenager, full of attitude and hates being told what to do. He is "potentially trouble." Ali constantly worries about Sean and hopes village life will calm him down.
On 21 July 2014, it was confirmed that Roskell had left Emmerdale after three years. The actor has already filmed his final scenes. Of his decision to leave, Roskell said "I have had an amazing three years on Emmerdale and I will miss everyone loads. I wanted to explore other opportunities and I am excited to find out what the future holds." However, Roskell made one more appearance in December 2014, for his mum's wedding to her partner, after leaving months earlier.
Sean develops on-off relationships with Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) and Gemma Andrews (Tendai Rinomhota). On numerous occasions, this is considered a love triangle, with Sean being confused over who he loves. Gemma becomes pregnant with his baby and Belle is distraught, revealing to everybody at school that she is pregnant with Sean's child. Gemma's father Dom is angry at Sean for impregnating her. Sean is distraught when Belle inadvertently kills Gemma by pushing her, causing her to hit her head on a rock. Belle is convinced that she is a murderer and, with the help of her father, hands herself in to the police. Sean and Belle decide to try and get pregnant to reduce her prison sentence, on the advice of Kerry Wyatt, but they later forget this plan. Sean admits that he is in love with Belle but she is sentenced to three years imprisonment, devastating Sean. Sean makes the decision to join the army to be like his uncle, Daz (Mark Jordon), who moves into the village. Even after his uncle leaves the village he is still determined to join the army. His dad, Dan, agrees to sign the forms but his mum his against it. Sean returns to Emmerdale on 5 December 2014 for Ali and Ruby's wedding.
In April 2015, Dan and Ali drive to Liverpool after discovering that Sean has been involved in a car accident with his friends. When they arrive back home, it is implied that Sean's injuries sustained during the crash are serious.
|Portrayed by||Kelli Hollis|
|First appearance||17 October 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Alison "Ali" Haswell (née Breckle, previously Spencer), made her first on screen appearance on 17 October 2011. The character and casting was announced on 28 July 2011. Of joining the cast of Emmerdale, Hollis said "As a Leeds girl myself, getting a role as a new regular character for Emmerdale in my home town is a dream come true. I'm really excited to be playing Ali." Hollis told Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy that she received a phone call about the part of Ali. She went on to explain "Alicya and I had different partners in the screen test and I was so sure she would get the part and because she had a different partner, I thought that was it for me. But when I got it, I was just over the moon. I'm from Leeds and live just ten minutes from the studio and Emmerdale is just an institution, so to get a job here is just amazing."
Ali is Rachel Breckle's (Gemma Oaten) sister. She is the mother of Amelia (Daisy Campbell) and Sean Spencer (Luke Roskell). Ali leaves her husband, Dan(Liam Fox), and flat on the Hotten estate for a new start in the village with her children and her girlfriend, Ruby Haswell (Alicya Eyo). Of Ali, a show statement said "Ali is determined to make her new life in Emmerdale with Ruby work, regardless of Sean's reaction and the pleas of her determined ex-husband to give their marriage another go. When faced with the reality of Ali's baggage, does Ruby really feel the same?" Series producer Stuart Blackburn said Ali and Ruby are both down to earth, funny and likeable women. Hollis described Ali as "feisty" and said she would do anything for her children. While she does not have any issues about leaving her husband of fifteen years for a woman, Ali is dealing with how her choice is affecting the family. Hollis said "She just wants to find a way for them all to get on together, including with her sister Rachel. For Ali, everything is about keeping the family together at the moment." Of Ali's relationship with Ruby, Hollis said her character never planned to become a lesbian, but then she met Ruby and fell in love with her. Ali is fully committed to Ruby and did not take the decision to leave her husband lightly.
Ali first comes to the village when her sister, Rachel, tells her about a cottage for rent in the village. Ali comes to view it and tells Rachel that she really likes it, so they visit Declan Macey (Jason Merrells) and ask if she can rent the cottage. Former occupant, Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) overhears and isn't happy when Declan agrees. Ali soon returns to the village with Rachel and her children, Amelia and Sean, to move in but Sean is unhappy when Ali's girlfriend, Ruby Haswell (Alicya Eyo), joins them. While Ali and Ruby are moving their stuff, Sean and Ruby argue about how much life would be better without her around and consequently no one notices Amelia disappearing and is nearly run over by Carl King (Tom Lister). Luckily Cameron Murray (Dominic Power), catches Amelia before she is harmed. Amelia's family run to her and Ali thanks Cameron for saving Amelia and punches Carl for not looking where he is going. However, Ali later learns that Cameron caused the accident, wanting revenge on Carl, so Ali makes them move furniture into Brook Cottage and both men are surprised to discover that Ali and Ruby are lesbians.
Ali gets a job at the Sharma and Sharma sweet factory and befriends Lisa Dingle (Jane Cox). When Lisa learns her daughter, Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper), is seeing Sean, she asks Ali to keep him away. Ali struggles to pay the rent and asks Nicola for an extension, which is refused. Ali and Ruby begin drifting apart and things worsen when Ruby suggests moving back to Hotten. Ruby eventually admits having some savings that she planned to use to move away but Ali accuses her of trying to run away but Ruby insists she wants to stay with Ali and her family and asks Ali to divorce Dan but she makes excuses not to. When Sean asks Ali to read his school project, she reveals that she cannot read or write, admitting that she rarely went to school and the teachers didn't help. Ali is asked to cover for Lisa when she has to collect Samson from school because he is ill and accidentally sends a customer the wrong order. Initially, she blames Lisa but when Lisa is suspended, Ali admits to Jai (Chris Bisson) and Nikhil Sharma (Rik Makarem) that she cannot read. They insist she attends an adult literacy course if she wants to keep her job and all goes well until Ali notices another child wearing Sean's trainers and demands he return them. When he refuses, she knocks him over and is removing them herself but is stopped by the staff. The child's parents decline to press charges but the staff ban Ali from the school grounds, so Ruby takes over as Ali's teacher.
In summer 2012, she discovers that Rachel is pregnant and is unsure what to do next. Ali supports her but is frustrated by Rachel's refusal to name the father of her child and when village gossip accuses David Metcalfe, she attacks him in the Woolpack. Rachel, however, is horrified and demands Ali apologise to him in the Woolpack and accept that Rachel will handle the situation her way or she will leave. Ali accepts it reluctantly and is pleased when Rachel moves into Tenant's Cottage in the village. She, Ruby and the children live quietly for a while until Declan's sister, Megan Macey, takes a shine to the cottage and gives them notice to quit as she plans to live there with her son, Robbie Lawson. When Declan learns of this, he is not pleased and tells Megan to withdraw the notice to quit but she and Zak Dingle go to measure up. Ali visits Declan and tells him what has happened and they return to the cottage, just in time to see Rachel slap Megan. Megan threatens to call the police unless Ali and her family vacate the cottage within 24 hours, which they do and move in with Rachel.
|Portrayed by||Alicya Eyo|
|First appearance||20 October 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Ruby Haswell, played by Alicya Eyo, made her first on screen appearance on 20 October 2011. The character and casting was announced on 28 July 2011. Of joining Emmerdale, Eyo said "I'm over the moon and can't wait to get started. Being part of a show that I've grown up watching is amazing and Ruby is going to be a lot of fun to play." Ruby is in a relationship with Ali Spencer (Kelli Hollis) and they move into the village with Ali's children. Both Ali and Ruby were tipped to cause a stir with their "no-nonsense attitudes." Series producer, Stuart Blackburn described Ali and Ruby as "down to earth, gritty, funny and likeable."
Eyo told Inside Soap Ruby is really comfortable with herself and her sexuality. She does not feel she has anything to prove. No one in the village is aware Ali is a lesbian, until Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop) and Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) see her and Ruby kissing. Because she is not happy that Ali and Ruby moved in Brook Cottage, Nicola announces they are together in The Woolpack. Of this, Eyo said "I don't think Ruby and Ali are expecting their new life in Emmerdale to be plain sailing by any means. But these women are really dedicated to each other, so I think they can sort anything out between them if they're on the receiving end of any hassle." Eyo added Ruby is already used to gossip and she can handle herself, but if people have a go at Ali or her children, then she will not stand for it.
Ruby arrives in the village to join her partner, Ali, and her two children, Sean (Luke Roskell) and Amelia (Daisy Campbell). Sean is not happy to learn Ruby is moving in too and while he, Ali and Ruby are arguing, Amelia wanders off and is nearly run over by Carl King (Tom Lister). Sam Dingle (James Hooton) pulls Amelia to safety and Ruby realises she has injured her shoulder. She takes everyone to the hospital. When Carl and Cameron Murray (Dominic Power) help move Ali and Ruby's furniture, they are shocked to find out Ali and Ruby are lesbians.
|Portrayed by||Trudie Goodwin|
|First appearance||3 November 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Georgia Sharma, played by Trudie Goodwin, made her first on screen appearance on 3 November 2011. The character and casting was announced on 7 September 2011. Georgia is Nikhil, Jai and Priya Sharma's mother. She and her husband arrive in the village to meet Jai's fiancee, Charity Tate. Georgia is described as being "formidable, demanding and yet witty." Of her casting, Goodwin said "I'm absolutely thrilled to be playing Georgia in Emmerdale. She is a difficult-to-please woman who is set to make life difficult for Charity. I can't wait to start filming next week."
|Portrayed by||Bhasker Patel|
|First appearance||3 November 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Rishi Sharma, played by Bhasker Patel, made his first on screen appearance on 3 November 2011. The character and casting was announced on 7 September 2011. Rishi is married to Georgia (Trudie Goodwin) and is father to Nikhil (Rik Makarem), Jai (Chris Bisson) and Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade). He and his wife arrive in the village to meet Jai's fiancée, Charity Tate (Emma Atkins). Rishi is described as being "business-obsessed." Of the Sharmas' casting, Stuart Blackburn said "I'm delighted to welcome Trudie, Bhasker and Fiona to the cast. There are plenty of trials and tribulations in store for the ever popular Sharma family."
In October 2012, Rishi and Georgia return to see their granddaughter, Molly. Rishi's and Georgia's marriage dissolve. When Jai get Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten) pregnant and she gives birth to his son, Archie, Rishi saves Jai's marriage with Charity by saying that the baby is his. But a year later, when Rishi suffers a heart attack, he reveals to Charity that Archie is Jai's. In May 2014, Rishi's daughter Priya Sharma gives birth to Rishi's third grandchild, Amba, who was born seven weeks premature.
|Portrayed by||Liam Fox|
|First appearance||9 November 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn|
Factory packer (2012–)
Daniel Wayne "Dan" Spencer, played by Liam Fox, made his first on screen appearance on 9 November 2011. The character and casting was announced on 11 October 2011. Fox was initially contracted to appear in eight episodes and he began filming his first scenes in September. Dan is the father of Amelia (Daisy Campbell) and Sean Spencer (Luke Roskell). He is Ali Spencer's (Kelli Hollis) estranged husband and he arrives in the village hoping to make life difficult for Ali and her new girlfriend, Ruby (Alicya Eyo). The Daily Mirror's Tony Stewart branded the character "Desperate Dan" and said he believes "he's God's gift to women". On Digital Spy's 2012 end of year reader poll, Chas and Cameron's affair and the subsequent effect on Dan was voted fourth in the "Best Storyline" category, receiving 8.9% of the vote.
Dan comes to Emmerdale to see his children. Ali and her partner, Ruby, are not pleased by his presence, but Amelia and Sean enjoy having their father visit. Dan decides to stay around for a while and he believes he can win Ali back. After a couple of weeks, Dan announced he is leaving to return to work. Sean asks to go with him, but Dan tells him he has no flat yet. Dan returns to the village a few months later, still refusing to give up on his marriage, even though Ali wants a divorce. He moves in with Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) and gets a packing job at the Sharma and Sharma sweet factory. Sean tells him to leave Ali and Ruby alone and that he likes living with them. Dan takes Amelia and Sean to his house after Sean claims that Ruby kissed him. Dan allows the children to return home when Sean confesses to lying about the kiss. When Ali and Ruby fall out, Dan helps them repair their relationship. Dan develops feelings for Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and she reciprocates. After dating for a few weeks, Chas proposes to Dan, but he turns her down. He later changes his mind and proposes to her instead. Chas accepts and they begin planning their wedding. Dan and Chas get married but it doesn't work out as he finds out about her affair with Debbie's boyfriend Cameron. Dan later befriends Kerry Wyatt after her split with Andy Sugden. They later begin a relationship after Dan develops feelings for Kerry. During this time Dan offers to be a donor for his ex-wife, Ali and her girlfriend, Ruby in order to allow them to have a child together. Dan also supports Brenda Walker after discovering she has cancer. Dan and Kerry also support Brenda in the wake of her stealing and her brief split from husband, Bob and through the death of her daughter Gennie Walker. After, over a year dating, Kerry wants Dan to commit to their relationship after being teased by Nicola King. Dan proposes to Kerry but it is clear his heart isn't really in it. Months later, Dan does a charity skydive for Val Pollard, who has HIV and while doing so proposes to Kerry. She accepts and they plan their wedding. On their wedding day Dan isn't sure weather to go through with the wedding as he walked in on his brother Daz kissing Kerry. Dan considers jilting Kerry but they eventually go through with it. At the wedding reception, a man called Kev, turns up claiming to be Kerry's husband. It transpires that Kerry got married while on holiday and never got a divorce. Dan along with Kerry, Daz, and Kev are all arrested. While at the police station, it is discovered that Daz already has a criminal record and deliberately broke in to David Metcalfe's shop in order to sell dodgy alarms. Dan later dumps Kerry. In the wake of their split, Kerry goes to Alicante leaving Dan secretly devastated. A few weeks later, Kerry returns just as Dan's son, Sean is about to leave for the army. At Sean's leaving party Dan has a one night stand with his ex-wife, Ali. Dan and Ali later agree to keep it a secret but it becomes too much for Dan, so he ends up telling Kerry the truth. In the wake of this, he and Kerry get back together, creating tension between Kerry and Ali. A few weeks later, Ruby finds out that Dan and Ali had known the truth about a fire at Home Farm allegedly set slight by Ali's sister Rachel and the circumstances surrounding her departure. A few weeks after this, Ruby finds out about Dan and Ali's one night stand causing the breakdown of Ali and Ruby's relationship.
|Portrayed by||Molly and Isaac Ainsworth (2011)
Huey Quinn (2013, 2015–)
|Duration||2011, 2013, 2015–|
|First appearance||1 December 2011|
|Introduced by||Stuart Blackburn (2011)
Kate Oates (2013, 2015)
Kyle Winchester (previously Wyatt) made his first on screen appearance on 1 December 2011. He is the son of Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny) and Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley). Amy discovered she was pregnant following a one-night stand with Cain. When asked if Amy is shocked that she is pregnant, Halfpenny told What's on TV "Yes. She didn't ever imagine it would happen – especially not from just a one-night stand. And it couldn't have come at a worse time because she's fallen out with Val and Eric." Halfpenny explained Amy is scared by Cain's angry reaction to the news, as she thought he would be more sympathetic. Cain convinces Amy to have an abortion, but after seeing an ultrasound scan of the baby, Amy realises she wants to keep it. Of this, Halfpenny said "Because Amy hasn't had love in her life she doesn't want to do that to anybody else." Amy manages to keep her pregnancy a secret and she plans to give birth away from the village, but she goes into labour unexpectedly and gives birth in the local cemetery. Halfpenny filmed the labour scenes during four night shoots and she called them daunting as she wanted them to look realistic.
Amy gives birth to a boy, but panics when he does not appear to be alive, she wraps him up and places him in a phone box. Hazel Rhodes (Pauline Quirke) finds the baby boy, who is alive, and calls an ambulance. Of Amy's reaction to this, Halfpenny said "She's still panicking, but the fact that he is alive is a massive relief to her. It's a big weight off her shoulders, because she never intended to harm the child at all - she's always wanted to give her baby to someone who would look after him properly." Amy plans to have the baby adopted and her foster parents, Val (Charlie Hardwick) and Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell), have different reactions to the announcement. Halfpenny told Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy that Eric wants whatever Amy wants, but Val wants to keep the baby so she can give him what she did not give her own children. Halfpenny added "So Val is a lot more maternal when it comes to Kyle and wants Amy to keep him, while I think Pollard is happy with whatever Amy wants to do." Kyle returned on 12 August 2013, now played by Huey Quinn, following the death of his adoptive parents.
Following a one-night stand with Cain, Amy discovers she is pregnant with his child. She tells Cain, who pays her to have an abortion. Amy goes to the clinic with her friend, Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins), but she cannot go through with the abortion. Amy later changes he mind, but she is told her pregnancy is too far along to have the procedure. Amy keeps her pregnancy a secret from everyone, except Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper). Amy goes into labour and gives birth in the local cemetery, she believes her baby boy is dead and she wraps him up and places him in a phonebox. The baby is found by Hazel and taken to the hospital. He remains in hospital, while he recovers and he is frequently visited by Amy's foster parents, Eric and Val. The baby is named Kyle and Amy decides to bring him home for Christmas, pleasing Val. After she loses concentration while bathing Kyle, Amy calls social services and asks them to take him. Val pleads with Amy not to give her son away, but Amy does not change her mind and Kyle is taken to a foster family. Amy later has Kyle adopted, much to Val's disappointment.
In August 2013, Kyle's adoptive parents, Karen and Tom Winchester, die. Amy attends their funeral and wake in the hope of seeing her son. Kyle is brought to the wake by his adoptive grandmother Joanie Wright (Denise Black).
|19 January–24 June||Joe Chappell||Scott Taylor||Joe is Jackson Walsh's (Marc Silcock) carer. Joe takes care of Jackson at home and accompanies him when he is out and about. Joe reveals that he has an overbearing mother. Joe was dismissed by Hazel so she could help care for Jackson in the run up to ending his life. Joe attends Jackson's funeral and helps carry the coffin.|
|1 February–February||Stephanie Ray||Elianne Byrne||Stephanie is a midwife and an old friend of Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry). Stephanie conducts Rhona's scan at the hospital and Rhona sets her up on a date with Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock). Stephanie and Marlon go for drinks at The Woolpack, but Marlon is not impressed with Stephanie.|
|21 February–||Annie Kelly||Joanna Bond||Annie is Steve's (Andy Walker) wife. She helps support Hazel Rhodes (Pauline Quirke), whose son, Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock), is a quadriplegic. She attends Jackson's funeral with Steve and tells Hazel that she did not give Jackson a chance. She also mentions that she is pregnant.|
|3 March–March||Josh Walsh||Benjamin Murphy||Josh is Jerry Walsh's son from his second marriage. Jerry brings Josh to the village to introduce him to his half brother Jackson. Jerry Walsh (Michael J. Jackson) asks Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) to be Josh's godfather and he initially turns down the offer. Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) and Hazel Rhodes (Pauline Quirke) later convince him to do the job, but he fails to go to the christening after an argument with them. Jerry brings Josh round and Aaron gives him a toy shark as a gift.|
|28 March–27 July 2012||Elliot Windsor||Oliver Brooke (2011)
Jackson Charles Cummins (2012)
|Elliot is the son of Kelly Windsor (Adele Silva) and Jimmy King (Nick Miles). Kelly brings Elliot with her when she moves back to the village and introduces him to her ex-fiancé, Jimmy, whom she claims is Elliot's father. Kelly reveals that Elliot was born after she left the village and Jimmy had not known about him until Kelly got back in touch with him. Kelly and Jimmy sit down with Elliot and try to explain to him that Jimmy is his father. Elliot departs with his mother. He returns in April 2012 after Kelly decides to go to America with her new boyfriend. Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) brings Elliot to Jimmy to look after. In July 2012, Kelly takes Elliot back and they both go to Los Angeles where she is now living, leaving Jimmy and Nicola heartbroken.|
|23–24 June, 20 December–January 2014||Jude Watson||Andy Wear||Jude is a friend and colleague of Ashley Thomas (John Middleton). He arrives in the village to conduct Ashley's vow renewal with Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). He later takes over as vicar when Ashley resigns following a police caution.|
|23 June, 11 April 2013–||Dylan Murray||Mikey Thomasson||Dylan and Harry are Cameron Murray's (Dominic Power) sons. They come to stay with their father for a brief time in Emmerdale. The boys return a couple of years later to stay with Cameron and his fiancée, Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter).|
|Harry Murray||Alfie Middlemiss|
|18 July–16 August||Jared Haynes||Philip Hill-Pearson||Jared arrives in the village to attend a party thrown by his friend, Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny). Jared threatens to tell Amy's guardians about her past and he starts to blackmail her for money. He later reveals Amy ruined his family, by having sex with his father. Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) tells Jared to leave and he does.|
|25–28 July||Prosecutor||James Gaddas||Gaddas plays the prosecutor during Aaron Livesy's (Danny Miller) trial.|
|25–28 July||Defence||Tony Maudsley||Maudsley is Aaron Livesy's (Danny Miller) lawyer.|
|25–28 July||Judge||Mary Jo Randle||Randle is the judge presiding over Aaron Livesy's (Danny Miller) trial.|
|9 December–6 April||DI Fletcher||Nicola Harrison||DI Fletcher and DS Bedford are the leading officers in Cain Dingle's (Jeff Hordley) attempted murder case. They question many of the Emmerdale residents and arrest Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) for the crime, but are later forced to let him go.|
|DS Bedford||James Quinn|
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