Mary Stephanie "Steph" Stokes is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale. She was played by Lorraine Chase for a period of four years between 2002 and 2006, it was announced on 12 September 2013 that Steph would return for a guest appearance, which she did on 30 October 2013. In one storyline Steph accuses her older brother of sexually abusing her. On 9 December 2005, Kris Green from Digital Spy reported that Nick Brimble had been cast as her brother, Terence Turner and that his arrival would lead to a confrontation. An Emmerdale spokesperson told Green that "Terence is embroiled in a huge storyline from the start". On 18 July 2006, Green reported. Of her decision to leave, Chase stated "four years ago Steve Frost, our producer of Emmerdale, presented me with a complex character. I have enjoyed the challenge he set. I hope Steph's fans will agree, she was an unpredictable and intriguing crazy lady and I loved her but there is only so much a good girl can do!" Executive producer Kathleen Beedles revealed that there were plans for a "terrific" final storyline for the character.
A reporter from the ITV Press Centre revealed Emmerdale had planned a funeral storyline for Alan Turner, following the death of actor. Chase agreed to make a guest appearance in the episode. Chase said that she was "overjoyed" to return to mark Alan's departure but added that she wished the circumstances had been different. Steph was established as the village bully for her threatening behaviour. An ex-convict, she first appeared at her daughter Tricia's engagement party in 2002 and hit her fiancé Marlon Dingle, kissed him the night before the wedding. Marlon wasn't the first of Tricia's boyfriends. After stealing an earlier boyfriend, she'd not spoken to her daughter in years. Tricia wanted to try again with Steph – when she decided to stay in Emmerdale. Now that she had decided to put down some roots, Steph began working for Rodney Blackstock at the Antiques Barn, her fantastic selling skills and keen eye for a bargain made Steph indispensable to the business. But when she spotted some priceless porcelain and tried to do a runner to France with it, Rodney caught her and she was forced to abandon her dreams.
Despite double-crossing him and Rodney got close again and got engaged. But Steph wasn't after Rodney's companionship; when she discovered Rodney was not as flush as she thought, Steph jilted him and moved in with her father Alan at the B&B. A few weeks Steph was delighted when her best friend "Fat" Shelley Williams arrived; the two women started making plans to open a salon in the village and got Alan to finance their business. By this time, Steph was the co-owner of the local factory with Eric Pollard. However, the factory closed and Steph found herself in trouble with the law, following her making counterfeit clothes in the factory. However, relations between Steph and her father hit an all-time low over the next few months. In 2004, things got worse when Tricia was killed during the storm at New Year and she plunged into a deep depression. Shelley was a great source of comfort to Steph and Alan as they came to terms with losing Tricia and soon she had begun a relationship with Steph's father.
When she discovered what was going on, Steph was horrified and made it clear she would not accept them as a couple. Alan and Shelley continued to see each other and planned to emigrate to Spain and start a new life together. Faced with being deserted by the two people closest to her and losing her inheritance, Steph planned to split them up by spreading a vicious rumour that Shelley was a gold-digger, her plot worked and Shelley left Alan. Soon after, during a confrontation on the stairs, Alan declared that he wished Steph had died instead of Tricia, in a moment of anger, Steph pushed Alan down the stairs, he lost his memory, due to the knock on the head. In control of everything, Steph started medicating Alan to keep him manageable and when Shelley came back, Steph locked her in the cellar after pushing her down the stairs and disposed of her at night. However, Alan was aware that Steph knew that Shelley had come to the house; when her treachery was revealed, Steph made an attempt to make a quick sale on the B&B and do a runner.
When this failed, she drove off the local quarry with her father but had a change of heart at the last moment. The villagers were shocked and so was Steph when she was arrested for Shelley's murder. Steph found herself alienated by the villagers and branded "Psycho Steph"; however she curate Ethan Blake. However, it emerged that Steph didn’t kill her when she returned to Emmerdale for her memorial service. Steph thought. Alan and Shelley tried to rekindle their relationship but Alan was unable to grant his partner’s wish that he cut all ties with Steph; when Shelley left, Steph tried to convince her to return to Alan. The two women had a confrontation on a ferry in March 2005 - Steph told Shelley that she was going back to Emmerdale with her and tried to tug her towards her, but in pulling away from Steph, Shelley fell overboard. Making a split second decision, Steph decided not to raise the alarm to rescue Shelley and threw her suitcase overboard. Life seemed to settle for Steph when she returned from the disastrous ferry journey, keeping quiet about Shelley's death.
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Archibald Seth Armstrong is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, played by Stan Richards from 1978 until 2004. The role of Seth began as a temporary "bit part", due to appear for just a few episodes, but proved so popular that further appearances were made until Seth became a full-time regular character in the summer of 1980 when he switched from the Malt Shovel to The Woolpack and continuously annoyed the landlord Amos Brearly and latter Alan Turner who took over in 1991 when Amos left who memorably shouted "Get out Seth!". Seth is one of the longest running characters in the history of Emmerdale, serves as the fourth longest running character in the history of the show, his memorable storylines included his turbulent relationship with Betty Eagleton, dealing with guilt over his role in the death of Jackie Merrick, the death of his wife Meg, a friendship with Kim Tate and in his years, his ailing health. After appearing as a semi-regular character from 1978 to 1980, permanently from 1980 to 2003 and as a guest character in 2004, Richards was expected to return to the serial, but his death in February 2005 prevented this and producers opted to kill off the character as a result, with Seth dying on the flight over from Leeds back to the village.
Seth has been mentioned on numerous occasions since his death, is remembered as one of the serial's most iconic characters. Seth Armstrong grew up in Beckindale, he had a sister who moved to Worthing. He was found out to be an illegitimate descendant of nobles Verney family. Seth romanced young Betty Pendagast in 1944 and they married, he got married in 1952 to Meg and they had two children, Jimmy in 1953 and Freddie followed about 9 years later. Seth started out as the school's boiler man living with Meg, he was a poacher but became gamekeeper in 1980. He swapped the Malt Shovel for the Woolpack that summer. In 1981, he forced local hardnut Tom Merrick out of the village after he tried to frame Jack Sugden in an arson attack. Seth and Meg had marriage difficulties in 1983, which resulted in him sleeping in a shed at Home Farm. However, he won her back with a bottle of port. Two years he opened up a NY social club to create rivalry for The Woolpack but the beer made everyone ill and he only made a profit of 10p before closing down.
He hired entertainment for The Woolpack by getting strippers who could tame snakes to entertain the pub but Amos refused to allow it. In 1983, it was revealed that Seth was in fact his middle name as his NY Estates work records said A. S. Armstrong. Jackie Merrick asked him what the A stood for and Seth replied "Archibald", he was never known as Archibald and always used his middle name as his common name. Archibald Seth Armstrong was his full name. In August 1989, a fox was bothering Beckindale. Seth felt it should have been him who died. An amusing postscript occurred in 1991, when Alan Turner and Henry Wilks read Amos Brearly's diaries and discovered that Seth was, in fact, an illegitimate descendant of the Verney family. However, any possible claims to ownership of Home Farm was obscured by NY's purchase and subsequent sale to Frank Tate. In February 1993, Meg died and Seth's neighbours helped him with the house work to help him overcome his grief. More trouble arose for him in December when his house was destroyed due to the Emmerdale plane crash.
Alan feared Seth had been killed as he had thrown him out of the Woolpack just before the crash happened, but he was fine. Things looked up for him in 1994 when he met old flame, Betty Eagleton, who had just been widowed, they planned to marry but decided to live together and made their relationship official in December 1994 with a 40s-themed night, moving into Keepers Cottage together a year later. Seth was claimed a hero that year after accidentally shooting "the beast of Beckindale". Seth was friends with Kim Tate and tried to unsuccessfully defend her in January 1997 after her lover, Dave Glover and everyone turned on her for her affair with Dave, he gave her away when she married Steve Marchant in 1998. Seth went to visit his sister in Worthing that year. In October 1998, Seth was chosen to reopen the Woolpack after it burned down, he got his own seat at the pub. In March 2000, Seth was caught in the bus crash and Betty feared he had been killed. However, he was found alive and in hospital.
Things got worse for Seth in September when he won money on the horses but was mugged by some young girls and developed agoraphobia. However, the villagers helped bring him out of it; that year he celebrated his 74th birthday which the village had thought was his 75th and threw him a party in The Woolpack, however he decided not to tell them. Seth got a computer in 2002 and had a webcam set up by Robert Sugden which Seth used to show Betty's daily routine getting himself free breakfasts at Cafe Hope in return; when Edna Birch told Betty what he was doing, she was heartbroken and left Seth telling him via webcam but Seth apologized publicly and they reunited. Seth and Betty separated again in December 2002 when Betty visited Kathy Brookman and her newborn baby in Australia, she returned in March 2003, full of. Seth was worried she may move there but she assured him she'd never leave Emmerdale. In September 2003, Seth went to visit Kathy and never returned. Betty was upset when he failed to return for Christmas but he made up for it by booking her a flight to visit him in Australia.
Seth made two final cameo appearances in 2004: a telephone message left on Betty's answering machine and on the Internet, as seen on a laptop in The Woolpack that
Paul Darrow is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television series Blake's 7. He guest starred twice on Doctor Who, playing Captain Hawkins in the serial Doctor Who and the Silurians, transmitted in 1970 and Maylin Tekker in the serial Timelash, transmitted in 1985, he is the voice of "Jack", on independent radio stations JACK FM and Union JACK, whose lines include dry-witted comments pertaining to current events. Darrow was born in Surrey and was educated at the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; the popularity of his role as Avon has tended to overshadow his extensive work in theatre and television. He plays the character of Kaston Iago in the Kaldor City audios, he appeared in all but the first episode of Blake's 7. Darrow's other TV appearances include: Emergency – Ward 10, The Saint, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Within These Walls, as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1975 BBC series The Legend of Robin Hood, as Mr. Tallboy in the 1973 TV adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers' Murder Must Advertise, as Thomas Doughty in the TV film Drake's Venture and Son, Making News, Pie in the Sky, Toast of London and Little Britain.
He provided the voiceover for Biblical quotations in Richard Dawkins's The Root of All Evil?. He was the presenter of the 2004 BBC3 reality TV series Hercules, his film credits are few but include roles as doctors in The Raging Moon and the Bond movie Die Another Day which he filmed but was deleted before the film went on release to cinema's.. Paul Darrow had a one off appearance in the 1990 series of Cluedo but did not play the murder victim. Proud of his work on Blake's 7, Darrow has acted as the show's most prolific spokesman, both in the UK and during the late 80s, in the U. S. when the show was broadcast on UK public television. In the mid to late 1990s, he purchased the rights to Blake's 7 and attempted to produce a big-budget follow-up mini-series, Blake's 7: A Rebellion Reborn. According to Darrow, it would have begun 25 years after the ending of the original series and might have included an aged Avon passing the torch to a new generation. Darrow records straplines for UK Jack FM station in Oxfordshire.
He provides the voice of the character Grand Moff Tarkin in the computer game Star Wars: Empire at War. He voiced the character of Zarok in the PlayStation game MediEvil. Darrow appeared in Emmerdale from 13 July 2009, playing a friend of Alan Turner's. Darrow provided the voice of a main character in the PC game Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising; the actress Glynis Barber, who played Soolin on Blake's 7, provided the voice for the main female character. The game was narrated by Tom Baker of Doctor. Darrow played the role of Samuel Vimes in the 1998/9 touring production of the play based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel "Guards! Guards!". In 2004 Darrow was the subject of the fourth volume of MJTV's "The Actor Speaks" audio CDs, featuring frank interviews and dramatic pieces, alongside guest Peter Miles, with a piece written by Tanith Lee. In December 2011 Darrow voiced the character of Overseer Tremel in the Bioware MMORPG release Star Wars: The Old Republic. In 2012, Darrow returned to the role of Kerr Avon in Big Finish Productions' Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles, a series of dramatic readings which take place during Series One before the death of Olag Gan.
Darrow stars as Avon in The Magnificent Four. In 2015, Darrow starred as Paul Rand, the enigmatic business man in charge of the business institute Atlas in the interactive video game Contradiction: Spot the Liar!. A sequel never came to fruition. Darrow was Patron of the University of York Astronomy Society 1981-1984. An extinct crocodile from the Miocene of Australia, Baru darrowi, was named after Paul Darrow In late 2014 he suffered an aortic aneurysm. Due to complications, surgeons had to amputate both of his legs. On 27 October 2018, Darrow appeared on a celebrity sci-fi edition of the quiz show Pointless, along with fellow Blake's 7 star Michael Keating. Darrow was using a wheelchair due to his amputations, he is the author of Avon: A Terrible Aspect, a 1989 novel about Avon's father and Avon's own early life. Darrow's autobiography, You're Him, Aren't You? was published in 2006. Darrow narrated the 2008 audio book of Terry Nation's classic children's story'Rebecca's World, Journey to the Forbidden Planet'.
In 2016, Darrow released an audio book of himself reading his autobiography "You're Him, Aren't You?". The Raging Moon - Doctor Die Another Day - Doctor Mister Jerico - Receptionist Paul Darrow on IMDb
Frederick Charles Jones is a retired English actor best known for playing Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale from 2005 until 2018. Jones was born in the town of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, the son of Ida Elizabeth and Charles Edward Jones, he became an actor after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant with the British Ceramic Research Association in Penkhull, leaving because of a'ban on beards'. He pursued his hobby of acting on a full-time basis, he was trained at the Rose Bruford College and amongst other roles played Stanley in the Pinter-directed revival of The Birthday Party in 1963. He became famous for his award-winning role as Claudius in the 1968 British TV series The Caesars, he appeared in David Lynch's films The Elephant Man and Wild at Heart, as well as the short-lived TV series On the Air and the short film Hotel Room. Jones created the part of Sir in the original production of The Dresser by Ronald Harwood at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, he narrated the award-winning video Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind: Pollination.
He played the character Sandy Thomas in ITV's Emmerdale. On 6 February 2018 it was confirmed that Jones had filmed his final episode, due to air in the same month February 2018. Jones reported that he had been given a contract expansion but declined as he felt his character had reached the end since John Middleton left and that he had opted to retire from acting. Actor Toby Jones is the eldest of the three sons of his wife Jennifer. Freddie Jones on IMDb Freddie Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
Eric Pollard is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Emmerdale, played by Chris Chittell, who has appeared in the show since 30 September 1986. He is the longest-serving character in the soap after the exit of Alan Turner and longest-serving character in the history of the show for 32 years; the character served as the show's villain, but this has been noticeably toned down in recent years since Eric's marriage to Val Lambert and the introduction of his long-lost illegitimate son, David Metcalfe. Introduced for a 12 episode stint, Eric became a popular character amongst viewers for his villainous ways and mistreatment of others. Although the character would disappear and reappear again for long periods of time during his early years on the programme, by the time that the soap had redeveloped itself following the infamous Emmerdale plane crash, Eric was a regular character, he has been married five times: to Eileen Pollock in 1964, Elizabeth Feldmann in 1992, Dee de la Cruz in 1997, Gloria Weaver in 2002 and Val in 2008.
He is known for his various feuds, which has resulted in him being punched by over 30 different characters in his time on the programme, many of them members of the notorious Dingle family. Eric Pollock was born on 11 June 1945, he married his first wife, Eileen, in 1964. He left her but they never divorced, he changed his name to Eric Pollard so that the chances of Eileen tracking him down were minimal. In 1981, he had an affair with Lydia Holloway, resulting in a son, whose existence Eric would not discover until 2006. Eric arrives in Emmerdale in September 1986 and annoys Sandie Merrick, he makes himself unpopular threatening Sandie with a poker when drunk. Eric becomes the villain of the show and is involved in a number of illegal schemes with his crooked business associate, Charlie Aindow. In 1987, he loses his position as manager of Hotten Market thanks to Sandie, he is dismissed; this occurred. Eric launched a hate campaign against Sandie by breaking into Mill Cottage. In April 1987, Eric threatened Sandie with a poker whilst drunk.
In June 1987, he befriends Marian Rosettii and her husband Paolo and tries to burgle their house, of which Paolo chases him. Paolo accidentally shoots himself with a gun but never finds out it was Eric, the thief. Once Eric finds out Paolo had been taken to hospital after being shot he leaves Beckindale for a few months. Upon his return, Eric applies for his old job as an auctioneer but loses out to Sandie, starting another feud. In 1990, Eric finds romance with Debbie Wilson and they soon become engaged. However, Debbie turns the tables on Eric when she leaves with £2,000 and valuable goods that Eric gave to her to start an antiques shop, to which he intended to divert goods from Hotten Market; the money wasn't Eric's, it belonged to Charlie. Following Debbie, there was little romance in Eric's life until 1991 when he and Elizabeth Feldmann started dating; the relationship surprised many in the village, as two years before, Eric bought the Feldmanns' farm at a reduced price. Elizabeth's son, Michael was upset but Elizabeth ignored him and accepted Eric's proposal, marrying him on 6 October 1992.
However, the marriage soon turned sour and when Elizabeth discovered Eric had framed Michael for fraud, she told him that she would be going to the police. On 30 December 1993, Eric threatened her to keep quiet. However, Elizabeth was determined and left the house and Eric followed her. Moments a plane crashed onto Beckindale and Elizabeth was killed along with several other local residents. Michael became determined to prove it. However, after knocking Eric out during a heated argument, Michael panicked. Thinking he had killed him, Michael left the village in June 1994 and gossip about Elizabeth's death died down but never went away. Meanwhile, Eileen came to Emmerdale, as she learned about Elizabeth's death and threatened to expose him as a bigamist. Knowing this would cost him Elizabeth's estate, Eric agreed to pay Eileen in return for a divorce and her silence. Despite his reputation for dodgy business deals, including a dramatic heist in November 1994, Eric persuades Kathy Glover to go into business with him and turns her tea rooms into a wine bar at night.
When he goes on holiday to the Philippines for Christmas 1996, Eric shocks everyone by returning with a young fiancée, Diwata Margharita, better known as Dee Dee la Cruz. She and Eric get married, despite a backlash when Rachel Hughes discovers that Dee was a mail-order bride. Dee is keen to make the marriage work, convincing Eric that they should put their energy into the business but Dee tires of Eric's business woes and paranoia that she will be unfaithful when she makes friends with Will Cairns, much closer to her own age. Dee decides to go home, leaving Eric suicidal, but Marlon Dingle helps Eric to recover from his heartbreak. In 2000, Eric saves Kathy's life. Suspecting that her boyfriend, Graham Clark, murdered his last fiancée, Eric voices his worries but no one believes him; when he rescues Kathy, he is considered a hero. In the aftermath, journalists appear in Kathy's Diner. Sarah Sugden asks Pollard why he didn't warn her t
Katherine Elizabeth "Kathy" Brookman is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, played by Malandra Burrows. She appeared as a regular character from 1985 until she was axed in 2001 by series producer Steve Frost, she was the show's central character throughout that time. In October 2005 series producer Kathleen Beedles reintroduced the character, when Burrows reprised the role for the funeral of Seth Armstrong. Kathy serves as the twentieth longest serving character in the history of Emmerdale. In July 2005 it was announced that Burrows agreed to reprise her role for the funeral of Seth Armstrong. "Burrows was one of the most popular characters on Emmerdale," an insider told the Sunday Mirror, "Her return is a huge coup.". In January 2009, it was confirmed that Burrows was too busy to return for the on-screen funeral of Jack Sudgen. In August 2013, it was confirmed that Burrows would not be returning for the on-screen funeral of Alan Turner, she said she wasn't asked back. Born in 1967, Kathy arrives in Emmerdale with her mother and brother, Nick in 1985, following her parents’ separation.
Kathy studies for her A-levels, but leaves school when Alan Turner gives her a job at NY Estates as a farm worker. She is put in charge of the poultry unit at Home Farm, it becomes too much for her and she quits - which does not surprise Joe Sugden, who had advised against her appointment all along. Kathy worked part-time at Emmerdale Farm and in 1988, set up a farm shop with Dolly Skilbeck and helps make goat's cheese. Kathy horsewoman and looks after Joe and Alan’s horses. Kathy begins a relationship with Jackie Merrick but they break up temporarily in 1987 when Kathy begins dating Tony Marchant, a rich relative of NY boss Christopher Meadows, causing Jackie to smash up Tony's van out of jealousy. Jackie pleads for Kathy to return to him which he does and they reconcile and become engaged; the wedding is nearly ruined when a burst water tank in the Bates’ cottage destroyes Kathy’s dress, the night before. The day is saved when Dolly and Jackie's grandmother, Annie Sugden alter Annie’s own wedding dress, which her late mother Grace had worn on her wedding to Annie's father Sam.
Kathy and Jackie go on Honeymoon to Tunisia. When the couple return they move into the attic and Emmerdale Farm and move into Demdyke Row, they struggle financial due to Jackie's meagre wage, supplemented by Kathy's earnings. When their hours clash, Kathy gives up her job as a part-time barmaid at the Woolpack. Kathy falls pregnant but despite miscarries due to Chiamydia psittaci, contracted from the sheep. Jackie is killed in a shooting accident, leaving Kathy devastated. Kathy takes over Jackie's job as a labourer at the farm and, as well as running their own 20 acres of rented land at Home Farm. For several months, Kathy loses interest in everything, only comes out of her shell when she reluctantly joins the cast of Amos Brearly's village production of Dracula, in January 1990. By this time, Chris Tate was keen, but she rejects his advances and finds herself at loggerheads with Chris' father, Frank who, evicts her for missing rent in the third quarter of the previous year. George Starkey, one of Chris' drivers who tries to date her, brings news that a cafe owner in Southampton, a medium, had a message from her dead husband.
Kathy went to Southampton, despite much advice not to take such things but the inconclusive experience sees Kathy decide to get on with her life. Kathy's feelings for Chris grow and they begin a relationship and in April 1990, they sleep together, their relationship grows stronger. They marry in 1991 and Frank offers the couple Mill Cottage as a wedding present, though they insist on paying him for it. Kathy begins applying for a HGV licence much to Chris' shock. Kathy begins looking after Chris' stepmother Kim's horses and is shocked to discover that Kim is having an affair with Neil Kincaid, which puts her in an impossible position and resigns to help Lynn Whiteley run the wine bar at the woolpack. In 1993, Kim has a brief dalliance with American wine rep Josh Lewis and plans due to leave Beckindale with Josh but a plane crash occurs in the village and Chris is one of the casualties and is left paralysed. Frank buys a purpose-built bungalow to accommodate Chris' needs, their marriage collapses in 1994 when Chris impregnates her.
However, Kathy is on hand to assist Rachel when she goes into labour and they rebuild their friendship. Following the divorce settlement, Kathy invests the money to buy the old tearooms in the village and begins a relationship with Dave Glover, who works for the Tates. Dave has a fling with Kim but it fizzles out and they return to Kathy and Frank respectively. Kathy and Dave marry on 28 November 1996, but Dave dies nearly a month on Boxing Day when he tries to save Kim's son, who he believes is his. Kathy is left widowed once again. Kathy becomes involved with Dave's brother-in-law, Biff Fowler but he jilts her at the altar. Over the next several years, Kathy goes through several misfortunes including being run over, nearly murdered by Graham Clark, who had killed Rachel, she is involved in a bus accident which kills Butch Dingle when the vehicle collides with a Tate Haula