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Charity Tate
Charity Tate.jpg
Emma Atkins as Charity in 2010
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byEmma Atkins
Introduced byKieran Roberts (2000)
Gavin Blyth (2009)
Duration2000–05, 2009–
First appearance30 March 2000
ClassificationPresent; regular
Spin-off appearancesEmmerdale: The Dingles,
For Richer for Poorer
(2010)
Profile
Date of birth1975[1]
HomeHoldgate Farm
OccupationProstitute (until 2000)
Secretary (2000–01, 2004)
Businesswoman (2001–)
Haulage driver (2001–03, 2010)
Factory worker (2009–10)
 
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Charity Tate
Charity Tate.jpg
Emma Atkins as Charity in 2010
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byEmma Atkins
Introduced byKieran Roberts (2000)
Gavin Blyth (2009)
Duration2000–05, 2009–
First appearance30 March 2000
ClassificationPresent; regular
Spin-off appearancesEmmerdale: The Dingles,
For Richer for Poorer
(2010)
Profile
Date of birth1975[1]
HomeHoldgate Farm
OccupationProstitute (until 2000)
Secretary (2000–01, 2004)
Businesswoman (2001–)
Haulage driver (2001–03, 2010)
Factory worker (2009–10)

Charity Sharma (née Dingle, previously Tate) is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Emma Atkins. Suranne Jones originally auditioned for the role of Charity, before Atkins was cast. The actress began filming her first scenes in February 2000 and she made her first screen appearance as Charity during the episode broadcast on 30 March 2000.

The character has been involved in numerous high-profile storylines during her time on the show, such as her marriage to Chris Tate, lesbian affair with Zoe Tate, the arrival of her long-lost daughter Debbie, her affair with Cain Dingle, being framed by Chris for his death, giving birth to Noah, her relationship and subsequent break up with Tom King, which led to her exit in 2005.

Atkins returned to the role in 2009. During her second stint in Emmerdale, Charity's storylines have focused mainly on her relationship with Cain, from their almost-marriage to their get-rich-quick schemes, to her job working with Jai Sharma and Cain's mistaken belief that they were having an affair. Charity and Cain's relationship later breaks down and Charity goes on to marry Jai.

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Casting[edit]

Actress Suranne Jones auditioned for the role of Charity, however it was Atkins who was eventually cast.[2] The actress received the part while she was in her final year of a performing arts degree at Salford University.[3] Her agent asked her if she wanted to audition for a role as a Dingle in Emmerdale and Atkins wondered whether she would be able to portray a member of that family, as she is so removed from those types of characters.[4] The actress told Merle Brown of the Daily Record that the more her agent told her about the role, the more she thought she would enjoy playing it.[4] Atkins attended the audition and was later recalled to do a screen test alongside Mark Charnock (who plays Marlon Dingle).[4] Two weeks later, Atkins was told she had won the role of Charity.[4] She began filming her scenes in February 2000 and made her first appearance in March.[3]

On 26 July 2004, Kris Green of Digital Spy reported Atkins had quit Emmerdale, claiming that it was time to move on.[5] Of her decision to leave, Atkins said "I will be desperately sad to say goodbye to everyone but there are so many other roles that I would like to try and it's important to me that Charity leaves on a high."[5] Atkins made her on screen departure in March 2005.[6]

On 18 March 2009, it was announced Atkins would be returning to Emmerdale as part of the ongoing overhaul of the show by series producer, Gavin Blyth.[6] Of her decision to reprise her role, Atkins said: "Charity is a wonderfully complex character and an absolute joy to play. I couldn't resist the opportunity to explore a new era of Charity, Cain and Debbie and will relish seeing what she's been up to since we saw her last."[6] Charity and her five year old son returned on 1 October 2009.[6][7] Two months later, Digital Spy's Kris Green reported Atkins had signed a six month extension to her contract, keeping her with the show well into 2010.[8]

Development[edit]

Characterisation[edit]

"Charity is a blunt, no-nonsense woman and knows how to get what she wants - mostly by flirting. She's self-sufficient, self-serving and will happily step over people, including her daughter Debbie, to reach her goal. However, she is trying to be a better mother. She’s also determined to better herself but it's money that drives her."[9]
itv.com on Charity

During a 2001 interview with the Daily Mirror's Nina Myskow, Atkins said she loved playing Charity as she is a ballsy, wild child, who is not scared of anything.[3] Atkins commented that her character is everything she is not.[3] Myskow agreed with Atkins and said the actress is nothing like Charity, who she called a "loud-mouthed bad girl."[3] Writing for the Daily Record, Merle Brown deemed Charity a "brassy tart with a heart."[4] Atkins told him Charity is very argumentative, flirty and a bitch, which makes her "a brilliant character to play."[4] Atkins said there are many different sides to Charity that she hoped viewers would get to see as she developed.[4] Tessa Cunningham of the Daily Mirror branded Charity a "manipulative gold-digger."[10] Of Charity's style, Atkins said "She's a lady of the night - looks like a slapper, a complete slapper. I wouldn't have it any other way. I get to wear short mini-skirts and things I'd never dream of wearing. Going shopping with the costume people is brilliant fun, because it's like: "Oh God, that's so bad. Yeah, we'll have it."[3] Atkins added Charity does not have to open her mouth as her outfits say everything for her.[3]

Three years after her introduction, Atkins revealed Charity had developed into a "bigger, feistier and more business-oriented" woman.[11] The actress said she had grown into the character and hoped she would remain cheeky, mischievous and a tart with a heart.[11] Atkins added Charity is playful, but not evil or corrupt.[11] A writer for the Western Mail called Charity "mad, bad and dangerous to know."[12] In February 2011, Atkins said Charity cannot resist an element of risk to anything because it is exciting to her and it makes village life more exciting too.[13] Atkins explained that Charity is the sort of person who does not know why she is in a village like Emmerdale, as she has "much bigger fish to fry" elsewhere.[13]

Relationships with Chris and Zoe Tate[edit]

Charity begins an "unlikely relationship" with wheelchair-bound, local millionaire, Chris Tate (Peter Amory).[10][14] Charity realises she likes Chris when she becomes involved with his businesses. Charity thinks he is sweet and they get on well.[14] When Chris suspects Charity is cheating on him, her flirtatious habits do little to reassure him. Charity denies Chris's accusations that she is seeing somebody else.[14] Atkins told Claire Brand of Inside Soap "Charity has been trying to convince Chris that nothing is going on. She's been having blazing rows with him and saying 'How could you possibly accuse me?' She's making him feel really guilty about suspecting her and he ends up wallowing in self pity, thinking he's blown it with her."[14] Atkins went on to say Charity is very clever and makes Chris do what she says, as opposed to the other way round, which Chris is used to.[14] Charity flirts with many of the men in the village to make Chris jealous. Chris decides to trap Charity and invites all the major suspects – Marlon Dingle, Scott Windsor (Ben Freeman) and Rodney Blackstock (Patrick Mower) – to an important party Charity is helping to organise.[14] Atkins said viewers would be surprised to find out who Charity is seeing behind Chris's back.[14]

Charity's secret lover was revealed to be Chris's sister, Zoe (Leah Bracknell), during a special hour-long episode.[10][14] Atkins explained she storyline was a shock to her as she had always thought Charity was "a man's woman."[10] However, the more she thought about it, the more she realised the story made sense. Atkins explained "Charity lives on the edge. She's certainly not gay, but she loves sex and it doesn't matter whether it's with a man or a woman."[10] Atkins said Charity likes to play games and she finds the idea of an affair with Chris's sister exciting.[10] The actress did not think the storyline was "sensationalist" and reckoned Charity is probably bi-sexual and was only just realising that through her relationship with Zoe.[10] Charity eventually ends the relationship with Zoe and goes on to marry Chris, despite admitting she does not love him and his money is the big attraction.[11] Atkins said Charity is honest, but she does have feelings for Chris, which would grow.[11] She added the lesbian affair had run its course, but she thought there might be repercussions from it in the future.[11]

Storylines[edit]

2000–05[edit]

Charity as she appeared in her first episode (2000)

Charity comes to Emmerdale for her cousin, Butch's (Paul Loughran) funeral.[15][16] It emerges that she has been working as a prostitute and the police have a warrant out for her arrest. Charity stays with Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) and his wife Lisa (Jane Cox). Charity begins a relationship with Chris Tate, which displeases his sister, Zoe. She offers Charity money to break up with Chris, but Charity does not accept. She and Zoe then begin an affair. Charity ends the relationship when she becomes alarmed at Zoe's possessiveness. Chris proposes and Charity accepts. Zoe records Charity admitting they had an affair and she blackmails her into signing a prenuptial agreement. Charity tells Chris about her affair with Zoe and Chris forgives her. He tears up the prenup and Zoe moves out of Home Farm. Chris and Charity marry and Charity helps Chris run his business empire.

Chris and Charity realise Zoe is ill and she is later sectioned and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Charity supports Zoe when she realises she is pregnant, revealing she once had a child who she gave up for adoption. Charity is shocked when Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Emily Kirk's (Kate McGregor) foster child, Debbie Jones (Charley Webb), reveals she is her daughter. Charity refuses contact with Debbie, but comforts her when her adoptive mother dies. Charity then fights Paddy and Emily for custody of Debbie. Charity is delighted when Chris and Debbie bond and he suggests adopting her. Charity later reveals that her cousin, Cain (Jeff Hordley), is Debbie's father. Charity and Cain dated when they were teenagers and Charity's parents threw her out when they discovered she was pregnant. Cain bonds with his daughter and he and Charity begin an affair.

Chris discovers Charity affair with Cain and he throws her out. A month later, Charity goes to Home Farm to discuss her marriage, hoping for a reconciliation. However, Chris decides to frame her for murder and he commits suicide in front of her. The police arrest Charity after finding her fingerprints on Chris's glass and her signature on an order for poison. She tries to blame Cain, but he tells the police she killed Chris. Charity is released on bail and she moves in with Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock). After getting drunk one night, they have sex. Charity realises Zoe knows Chris killed himself and she kisses her. However, this does not change Zoe's mind and she testifies that Charity killed Chris. Charity is found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. She discovers she is pregnant and gives birth to a son, who she names Noah (Alfie Mortimer).

Both Cain and Marlon take DNA tests and they discover Chris is Noah's father. Charity strikes a deal with Zoe - she will give her custody of Noah for £20,000 and the evidence that Chris committed suicide. Zoe agrees and Charity is released. Zoe is refused permission to adopt Noah and he is returned to Charity. Charity set her sights on Tom King (Ken Farrington) and she gets a job as his secretary. Tom's daughter-in-law, Sadie (Patsy Kensit), realises Charity is a gold-digger and tries to sabotage her relationship with Tom. However, Tom proposes and Charity accepts. Sadie then hires Cain to kiss Charity in front of a photographer. Sadie shows Tom the pictures and he calls the wedding off. Charity is devastated at losing her home and her job. She and Sadie fight, before she returns to the Dingles. Charity begins an affair with Jimmy King (Nick Miles), Sadie's husband. Charity records Jimmy confessing to Sadie's plan to set her up and she blackmails him. Charity plays the tape at a party and Tom throws Jimmy and Sadie out. Tom begs Charity to come back to him, but she refuses and leaves with Noah.

2009–[edit]

Charity is shocked when Cain and Debbie turn up at her wedding to Michael Conway (Jamie Belman). Debbie informs Charity that she has been having an affair with Michael, though she did not know he was engaged to her. Cain tells Michael that Charity used to be a prostitute and both parties call the wedding off. Charity reveals that she knew Michael was going to leave her and told him she was pregnant to stop him. Debbie invites Charity and Noah (now played by Jack Downham) to live with her in Emmerdale. Charity learns Cain stole a lot of money from the Kings and she teams up with Carl King (Tom Lister) to steal it back. She begins a relationship with Cain and discovers the money is being kept in a storage building. She manages to take the money, but she changes her mind and tries to put it back, but Cain and Debbie see her. Cain gives Charity the money and he briefly leaves the village. Charity moves in with Marlon and she tries to give the money back to Debbie, but she refuses to take it. Charity then donates it to the church, but Debbie finds out and retrieves the money. Cain returns and he and Charity decide to be civil for Debbie and their granddaughter's sake. During an argument, Debbie sets fire to the money and, realising they have nothing to argue about anymore, Charity proposes to Cain, who accepts.

Cain organises a surprise wedding and his half-sister, Chas (Lucy Pargeter), brings Charity to the registry office. Charity is surprised, but finds herself unable to go through with the ceremony. She explains to Cain that she loves him, but she is not ready to settle down just yet. Charity and Cain start stealing cars to make money, after Charity successfully steals a businessman's keys after flirting with him at a local hotel. However, the second time they try the scheme, their traget, Declan Macey (Jason Merrells), turns up in the village and spots Charity. Declan tells her that he will not go to the police if she returns the car and has a drink with him. Charity helps Chas get revenge on Carl for cheating on her and she begins working for Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson). Charity advises Jai on the restoration of the barn next to the Dingle's farm. Jai pays Charity to persuade Lisa to sell the farm and move to new accommodation in Hotten, but Lisa refuses to go. Cain soon becomes jealous of Charity and Jai's working relationship and he warns Jai to stay away from her. Jai buys Charity a brand new car and he takes her to a hotel for the evening. Charity makes it clear that she will not cheat on Cain and they book separate rooms for the night. Charity breaks up with Cain after she finds out he had sex with Faye Lamb (Kim Thomson). Charity and Noah move in with Jai and his brother, Nikhil (Rik Makarem), at Holdgate Farm.

Charity and Jai begin dating and Cain tries to win Charity back. However, Charity tells him that she has chosen Jai. Charity tries to make Nikhil look incompetent at the factory and Jai throws her out. Charity apologises and proposes to Jai. He initially turns her down, but later accepts. Charity, Cain and Cameron Murray (Dominic Power) steal the King's haulage trucks and sell them off. When Cain starts taking his revenge on the Sharma family, Charity and Jai call off their wedding. They later decide to end the relationship when the threats become more severe. Cain is attacked and Charity becomes a suspect. She is questioned by the police, but she insists she did not do it. Charity and Jai get back together and she supports him when he is charged with assaulting Cain. Charity reveals she found Cain on the night of the attack and walked away. Cain changes his statement and the charges against Jai are dropped. Charity is late to her wedding as she stops to see Debbie. She eventually makes it to the registry office and marries Jai. She then begins working with Jai at the factory. Charity tells Jai that she does not want any more children when he asks, leaving him disappointed. However, he suggests he adopts Noah and Charity disapproves, worried the affect it will have on Noah if the marriage failed, instead they compromise to change Noah's surname to Sharma.

Reception[edit]

For her portrayal of Charity, Atkins was nominated in the categories of Best Actress, Best Exit and Best Single Episode (for her wedding with Tom) at the 2005 British Soap Awards.[17] In 2010, Atkins was nominated for the Best Actress award.[18] The following year she and Hordley received a nomination for Best On-Screen Partnership.[19] The character was selected as one of the "top 100 British soap characters" by industry experts for a poll to be run by What's on TV, with readers able to vote for their favourite character to discover "Who is Soap's greatest Legend?"[20] Kris Green of Digital Spy called Charity "one of the soap's most controversial characters."[5] Steve Hendry of the Sunday Mail branded the Charity, Chris and Zoe storyline as "one of soapland's more bizarre love triangles."[11] A writer for Virgin Media named Cain and Charity one of "Soaps' sexiest couples."[21] Laura Morgan of All About Soap said that viewers should not count on Charity settling into married life with Jai, especially with Cain hanging around "like a bad smell".[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellis, Sarah (18–24 June 2011). "Request spot". Inside Soap (Hachette Filipacchi UK) (24): 97. 
  2. ^ Brown, Merle (28 November 2001). "This Christmas is going to be a real cracker". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Myskow, Nina (13 April 2001). "The Real Me - Emma Atkins". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Brown, Merle (12 May 2001). "Any which way but loose". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Green, Kris (26 July 2004). "'Emmerdale' actress quits". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Green, Kris (18 March 2009). "Charity Tate returns to 'Emmerdale'". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dingle-dong the bells are going to chime!". The Sun (News International). 25 August 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Green, Kris (7 December 2009). "Exclusive: Atkins extends 'Emmerdale' contract". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Charity Tate". itv.com. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Cunningham, Tessa (19 May 2001). "Interview Emma Atkins: Giving my all to Charity". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Hendry, Steve (21 April 2002). "She may be a gold-digger but Charity is a tart with a heart". Sunday Mail (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "A real tryst of Tate!". Western Mail (Trinity Mirror). 1 December 2002. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Emmerdale's Charity beds boss Jai". Female First. First Active Media Ltd. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Brand, Claire (12–25 May 2001). "In the arms of another". Inside Soap (Attic Futura (UK) Ltd) (179): 12–13. 
  15. ^ Parkin 2002, p. 112
  16. ^ Parkin 2002, p. 136
  17. ^ Berrett, Caroline (8 May 2005). "Soap baubles; Corrie beauty Nikki sparkles in pounds 100k gems". The People (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "British Soap Awards 2010: the winners and losers". stv.tv. STV. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (15 March 2011). "British Soap Awards 2011: The Winners". Digital Spy (Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Who is Soaps' Greatest Legend?". What's on TV. IPC Media. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Soaps' sexiest couples". Virgin Media. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  22. ^ Morgan, Laura (18 February - 2 March 2012). "Mailbox". All About Soap (Hearst Magazines UK) (264): 62. 

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