List of Emmerdale characters (2003)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 2003, by order of first appearance.

Freda Danby[edit]

Freda Danby
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Lyn Paul
Duration 2003, 2005
First appearance 10 February 2003
Last appearance 4 December 2005
Introduced by Steve Frost (2003)
Kathleen Beedles (2005)
Classification Former; recurring

Freda Danby is an acquaintance of Jarvis Skelton. She appeared in 2003 and 2005.

After appearing briefly in 2003 whilst Jarvis was involved in a dancing competition with Edna Birch, Freda returns to Emmerdale in late 2005. She offers Jarvis the chance to live in Spain with her. He accepts her offer and they leave the village in December 2005.

Jean Tate[edit]

Jean Tate
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Megan Pearson
Duration 2003–2005
First appearance 24 January 2003
Last appearance 22 September 2005
Introduced by Steve Frost
Classification Former; recurring

Jean Tate is the daughter of Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell). She appeared from 2003 to 2005.

Jean is conceived during a one-night stand between Zoe and Scott Windsor (Ben Freeman) while Zoe, a lesbian, was suffering from schizophrenia. Jean is named after Zoe's mother. Her father is unknown until Scott comes forward while Jean is in hospital following an accident when she fell off a table. Eventually, Zoe allows Scott access to Jean but then plans to leave for New Zealand. Scott takes Zoe, Jean and her cousin Joseph hostage at gunpoint. Scott's mother, Viv Hope (Deena Payne), talks him round and Zoe, Joseph and Jean leave the village.

Siobhan Marsden[edit]

Paul Marsden[edit]

Rachel Whatmore[edit]

Rachel Whatmore
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Zoe Lambert
Duration 2003–2005
First appearance 1 June 2003
Last appearance 6 May 2005
Introduced by Steve Frost
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation Lawyer

Rachel Whatmore is the solicitor for the Tate family. She appeared from 2003 to 2005.

Rachel is first seen when representing Chris Tate in his personal matters, as she helps him to dispose of most of his money and make sure his wife Charity Tate has nothing. Unknown to Rachel, Chris is dying and plans to commit suicide and frame Charity for his murder. Zoe has to run the Tate empire after her brother's death, and she becomes close to Rachel, especially after she learns Rachel, like her, is a lesbian. In early 2004, Zoe attempts to have a romantic relationship with Scott Windsor, the father of her child, but her feelings for Rachel lead to an affair. Scott's mother Viv Hope sees them and tells Scott, leading to a confrontation and Rachel ends the relationship. A year later, Zoe asks Rachel if they can try again, but Rachel is now in a new relationship.

In June 2005, Zoe faces charges for the attempted murder of Scott, but Rachel is on holiday, and her colleague Neil Depaul instead takes Zoe's case.

Shelley Williams[edit]

Pearl Ladderbanks[edit]

Eddie Hope[edit]

Eddie Hope
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Nigel Betts
Duration 2003, 2007
First appearance 4 September 2003
Last appearance 21 May 2007
Introduced by Steve Frost (2003)
Kathleen Beedles (2007)
Classification Former; recurring

Edward Maurice "Eddie" Hope is the brother of Bob Hope. He appeared in 2003 and 2007.

Eddie first appears in Emmerdale in late 2003. He tries to romance Lisa Dingle, whose husband Zak is away in Chile, but she does remain loyal to her husband. He leaves the village on 26 November. Eddie returns in February 2007 when he is the new sales manager for Naughty Nylons. He offers Bob a job as a salesman, much to the annoyance of Bob's wife Viv. During his time in the village he tries to win Viv from Bob, but this fails. He leaves the village in May 2007.

Daz Eden[edit]

T.J. Woods[edit]

T.J. Woods
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Connor Lee
Duration 2003–2011
First appearance 19 October 2003
Last appearance 21 January 2011
Introduced by Steve Frost
Classification Former; recurring
Home Morocco

Terence "Terry" Woods Junior, known as T.J., is the son of Terry and Dawn Woods. He first appeared on his birth in 2003 and appeared intermittently for seven years until 2011.

T.J. is born on 19 October 2003, and when he is a few days old his father Terry has a stroke. With Dawn having to care for both Terry and T.J, their marriage comes under strain and they split up. In July 2006, after learning of Terry's relationship with her mother Jean, Dawn decides to leave the village and move to Cornwall with T.J. Jean talks Terry out of launching a custody battle. However, before they can leave Emmerdale, Dawn is killed in the Kings River House explosion on 13 July 2006.

Jean accepts compensation for Dawn's death from the King family and decides to move to Morocco, and without Terry knowing decides to take T.J. with her. However, Dawn's brother Jamie Hope tells Terry and he rushes to the airport, but is too late to stop them departing. Terry then travels to Morocco and returns in January 2007 with T.J. T.J. is still confused as to where his mother has gone and Terry has to explain, and they release a balloon in her memory. In April 2008, T.J. contracts e.coli and is taken to hospital to recover. Later in 2008, T.J. becomes a more sarcastic child and is unhappy with his father's relationship with Brenda Walker, but later accepts her.

On 13 January 2011, T.J. is orphaned when Terry is killed in a house fire, along with Viv Hope. On 21 January, T.J. goes to live with Jean in Morocco although he does not want to go as he thinks it is too hot in Morocco and that Moroccans wear "funny hats".

Simon Meredith[edit]

Simon Meredith
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Dale Meeks
Duration 2003–2006
First appearance 20 November 2003
Last appearance 2 August 2006
Introduced by Steve Frost
Classification Former; regular
Home Costa Rica

Simon Meredith, portrayed by Dale Meeks, made his first screen appearance on 20 November 2003.

When Simon first laid eyes on Nicola Blackstock (Nicola Wheeler), he knew she was the woman for him. Unfortunately for the friendly fishmonger, it took the object of his affections longer to work out he was the one for her too. The problem was that Nicola had taken a shine to Simon's fellow fishmonger, Kenny, and asked her pal Emily Kirk to arrange a date for them. Misunderstanding her friend, the post mistress sorted out a drink for Nicola with Simon, and she was horrified to find a round, plain man waiting for her.

But whatever Simon might look like, inside he is an absolute diamond - as proved by the fact everyone in Emmerdale loves him.

Although he started dating Nicola, who he nicknamed "Frosty", Simon's feelings were trampled on when she took local stud Syd Woolfe to her school reunion because she was ashamed of her real life lover. In a horrible twist, Simon had been planning to propose to her on her return from the night out but, when he heard her thanking Syd for accompanying her, Simon found it hard to forgive. However, when Nicola realised she was losing the one man who truly loved her, she set a plan in motion to prove her devotion once and for all. In front of family, friends and her old school chums, Nicola declared her love for Simon and introduced him to everyone. Won over, Simon proposes and the couple look forward to the future together.

But their happiness does not last for long. The reappearance of Simon's ex-fiancée Tash Abbott sets off the green eyed-monster in Nicola and the two women come to blows. Furious at Nicola's jealous behaviour, Simon flees to his mother in Scarborough - followed by Nicola. Desperate not to lose him, Nicola launches an impassioned speech and Simon finally accepts she properly loves him. The couple got re-engaged and bought Mulberry Cottage in Emmerdale and it looked like they were set up for a happy beginning to their marriage.

However, unbeknown to Simon, his mother Lesley Meredith (Sherrie Hewson) had run their business into the ground and in a matter of weeks, they lost everything. Broke and ruined, Simon was at his lowest ebb and Nicola did nothing to ease his agony. Instead, she tried to convince him to let her millionaire father, Rodney, bail them out. Simon was horrified and it was the beginning of the end of their relationship. Nicola could not live without money and Simon – who had by now got a job on the bins – was bringing in next to nothing. Sick of each other, the couple started rowing to a terrible extent.

Caught in the crossfire was Ivan Jones (Daniel Brocklebank), their lodger – who was dating Nicola's half-brother Paul Lambert (Mathew Bose). Unbeknownst to Simon, Nicola had developed a huge crush on Ivan and was trying her level best to seduce him. When Simon's mum, Lesley, saw Nicola dressed in skimpy underwear and pawing Ivan, she assumed they were having an affair – and soon everyone knew. Simon was horrified at the thought of the two people closest to him had betrayed him and disowned them both.

He was mortified to discover later that Ivan had been completely innocent and wronged, he begged him to move back in and after a while, they got their friendship back on track. Life seemed to be back on an even keel at Mulberry Cottage but there was another drama about to unfold.

Lesley bumped into Bobby-John, a man she had fallen for in her youth and they rekindled their romance. Simon was deeply skeptical of Bobby-John and worried Lesley was heading for a fall. She was, but it was not of Bobby-John's making. She had been stealing money from Kelly Windsor's credit card and used it pay for a posh break away with Bobby-John. When the truth came out, everyone was horrified and Lesley was left thinking she had lost everyone. Fortunately, Bobby-John found it in his heart to forgive her and they rode off into the sunset together. Simon and best mate Ivan have become dissatisfied with their lives and jobs in Emmerdale, so on 2 August, they bid farewell to 'the village of the damned' and headed for the warm beaches of Costa Rica.

Ethan Blake[edit]

Ethan Blake
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Liam O'Brien
Duration 2003–2006
First appearance 17 December 2003
Last appearance 20 October 2006
Introduced by Steve Frost (2003)
Kathleen Beedles (2006)
Classification Former; regular
Occupation Curate
Home Ireland

Ethan Blake is a curate at Emmerdale's church working alongside vicar Ashley Thomas. Debbie Dingle who tries to seduce him but he rebuffs her advances. In October 2004, Cain discovers Debbie has been seeing someone and when Debbie lies that she went to the church, Cain gets the wrong idea and beats up Ethan, believing that he has been sleeping with Debbie. Ashley is disappointed and angry when Ethan confesses he kissed Debbie (when he was actually thinking of Niamh, not Debbie) and is worried when Ethan receives a death threat from Cain. Cain then destroys Ethan's car and attacks Ethan again. Zak and Ashley restrain Cain long enough for Debbie to swear on Noah's life that Ethan never touched her. Cain then leaves Ethan alone, with a badly bruised and bleeding face. Ethan then calls Niamh as he needs a friend. Ethan conducts the funeral of deceased vet Max King in October 2005 while Ashley goes to Israel for three weeks.

Ethan later leaves the village in disgrace after he tries to break up Ashley and his girlfriend Laurel Potts' relationship. He returns a year later with Emily Kirk but does not stay long due to the previous unpleasantness with Ashley.

Denzil Calburn[edit]

Denzil Calburn
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Danny Lawrence
Duration 2003–2005
First appearance 15 December 2003
Last appearance 22 September 2005
Introduced by Steve Frost
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation Police officer

Police Constable Denzil Calburn is a police officer. He appeared intermittently for two years from 2003 to 2005.

A local constable, PC Calburn has a brief relationship with Chas Dingle after he offers to change a flat tyre for her when she breaks down on the side of the road. However, she later falls in love with Carl King. Denzil breaks up with Chas when she repeatedly lies for her lawbreaking father, Shadrach Dingle who steals Denzil's patrol car, humiliating him. Denzil returns to give evidence at Zoe Tate's trial for the attempted murder of Scott Windsor in September.

Gordon Livesy[edit]

Gordon Livesy
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Gerard Fletcher
Gary Mavers (2015–2016)
Duration 2003–04, 2006, 2008, 2015–2016
First appearance 2 December 2003
Last appearance 11 May 2016
Introduced by Steve Frost (2003–2004)
Kathleen Beedles (2006)
Anita Turner (2008)
Kate Oates (2015)
Classification Former; recurring

Gordon Livesy, played by Gerard Fletcher, made his first screen appearance on 2 December 2003. In November 2015, it was announced that the character would return the following month, with Gary Mavers taking over the role.[1] Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy reported that Gordon's return would allow the show "to delve back into the past of Chas and Aaron, with a busy few months ahead for both of them."[1] In 2016, Gordon become involved in a child abuse storyline after it is revealed that Gordon sexually abused Aaron when he was a child.[2] Gordon departed on 11 May 2016 after he received his sentence.

Gordon is the former husband of Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and the father of Aaron Dingle (Danny Webb/Danny Miller). Gordon (Gerard Fletcher) visits Emmerdale when he drops off Aaron (Webb) to spend time with Chas. When Louise Appleton (Emily Symons) tells him that she saw Chas hit Aaron, Gordon is angry and takes Aaron home, telling Chas that in future she will only see him if it is what Aaron wants. Gordon later appears when Aaron (Miller) is arrested after becoming a drug mule for the McFarlanes, a local crime family. Chas goes to the police station and later visits Gordon to find out what had been going on. Gordon tells her that he had thrown Aaron out after he hit his wife Sandra (Janet Bamford), with whom he has a child. Aaron later asks to go back to his father's, but Gordon says they need a break from him and insists he stay with Chas. Later that night, Aaron vandalises Gordon's office, although he cannot prove it.

Seven year later, Gordon (now Gary Mavers) meets Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen) in an oncologists waiting room. He reveals that to her that he has regrets about being estranged from Aaron, but asks Diane not to tell anyone that she saw him. Gordon later visits Chas and Aaron. He and Chas reconnect and begin dating again, which upsets Aaron when he sees them together. Aaron tells his ex-lover Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) that Gordon is the real reason why he self-harms but refuse to tell Robert the real reason. The next day, Aaron runs away from hospital and Robert tracks him. Aaron tells Robert that Gordon raped him when he was 8 years old.

The next day, Robert comes face to face with Gordon and confronts him about what he did to Aaron when he was a child. Gordon denies it and Robert warns Gordon, telling him to leave town or he will finish him off. When Aaron is being prepared for discharge, Robert tells him he could be affected by false memory syndrome after being convinced by Gordon that Aaron has made the whole thing up but Aaron tells Robert that he is not lying. Aaron is horrified and he confronts Gordon about his twisted lies. Gordon later leaves after being possibly accused of child abuse towards Aaron.

In February 2016, after a day at the seaside, Aaron admits to Chas that Gordon raped him. Aaron later recalls Chas telling her the details of his rape. Chas then goes over to Gordon's house in order to confront him. Gordon later lies and tells her that he did not rape Aaron but the truth later comes out. Chas later tells her half-brother Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) about Gordon raping Aaron. Cain leaves and plans strikes revenge on Gordon.

The next day, Gordon returns from shopping to find somebody has broken into his house and has wrecked it, Cain then walks in and knocks him out because of what he did to Aaron tying him up in the process. When Gordon awakes Cain is preparing to drug him with Gordon still denying what he did to Aaron. As Cain is about to drug him, Aaron and Chas walk in and Aaron stops Cain from killing Gordon as he does not wish for Cain to be charged with murder, Aaron says he will report Gordon to police for what he did to him. The next day, Aaron reports Gordon to the police and Gordon is then questioned, but during this he states that the day before, Cain attempted to force him take his own life, so the police then question Cain, but Chas and Cain's wife Moira Dingle (Natalie J. Robb) cover for him and tell the police that Cain was with them all night.

The next day, Aaron goes to the scrapyard to find that Gordon is in the office waiting for him. He threatens Aaron and tells him that if he does not tell the police that he didn't rape him, then he will find a way to make sure Cain is locked up for threatening him.

2 weeks later, Chas vandalises Gordon's car, sprays 'Paedo' on the car and shouts at neighbours accusations of Gordons activities, Robert arrives and drags Chas away. Chas then received a warning by DS Wise (Neil Roberts). Aaron arrived and was furious at what his mother had done. When Chas arrived at the police station, Aaron told her to tell the officers that Gordon is innocent or he will walk away from her. However Chas reveals the situation to Diane, Doug Potts (Duncan Preston), James (Bill Ward), Emma (Gillian Kearney) and Finn Barton (Joe Gill), telling them that Gordon abused Aaron. This left Aaron upset and furious at Chas for revealing his secret to the public and told her to stay away from him.

3 days later, another male victim came forward to the police and says Gordon abused him but later, revealed Robert paid Gordon's neighbour Ryan (George Sampson) to lie to the police to get Gordon charges. Gordon went to the pub to see Chas, believe she paid Ryan to lie to the police but have no idea it was Robert. Gordon pinned Chas against a wall and threatening her. Chas' cousin Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) walk in and grab Gordon away from Chas before the police arrived and they took Gordon away. Later, Robert admits to Chas, he was the person who paid Ryan. 2 days later, Aaron learns about Robert's deal with Ryan, Aaron warns Robert, if the case fall apart, he will blamed it on him.The next day, Aaron visits Ryan and told him to drop his statement and keep the money what Robert give. Then Aaron visiting Gordon who told Aaron that he's blown the case, insisting that he'll inform the police about his lying before close the door on him. Aaron returns and learns the police had charges Gordon.

In March 2016, in his plea hearing, Gordon pretended to be struggling to walk, and collapsed, explaining it was the side effects of his chemotherapy. Gordon pleaded not guilty and he was released on bail once again. Gordon requested to be escorted from the court. The following day, Gordon's daughter Liv (Isobel Steele) visited him. Liv questioned him about Aaron's allegations, but Gordon protested his innocence and gave Liv his mother's necklace. Liv later ran out of Gordon's house and into Aaron, and apologised to her brother. The following day, Liv and Gordon met up and Liv informed him that her mother had made a statement to the police.

In April 2016, Liv meet up with Gordon when Gordon tells Liv about Aaron's involvement of warehouse robbery nearly 5 months ago and he believe Aaron pay Ryan to lie to the police. The next day, when Liv and Gordon meet up, Liv told him she don't wanted to help him that results Gordon telling Liv get out of the cat before drive off. Later, Aaron found out Liv had been spying on him for Gordon, Aaron went to Gordon's house when he confronts him about Liv. Gordon turns it round on him and tells Aaron he is the one who doesn't deserve to know Liv but Aaron stand up to Gordon. Aaron tells Gordon he'll see him in court before walks away. During court Gordon tries to blame it on Aaron by saying he just wanted to break up him and Chas. However he is later found guilty of rape.

On 11 May 2016, Gordon is sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. The next day Aaron gets a visit from DS Wise who tell him and Liv that Gordon has died after committing suicide in prison.[3]

Aaron Livesy[edit]