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Charity Tate
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Emmerdale character
Portrayed byEmma Atkins
Duration2000–05, 2009–
First appearance30 March 2000
Introduced byKieran Roberts (2000)
Gavin Blyth (2009)
Spin-off
appearances
Emmerdale: The Dingles,
For Richer for Poorer
(2010)
ClassificationPresent; regular
Profile
OccupationProstitute (1999–2000)
Secretary (2000–01, 2004)
Businesswoman (2001–)
Haulage driver (2001–03, 2010)
Factory worker (2009–10)
Office assistant (2013–)
HomeHome Farm
 
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Charity Tate
Charity Tate.jpg
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byEmma Atkins
Duration2000–05, 2009–
First appearance30 March 2000
Introduced byKieran Roberts (2000)
Gavin Blyth (2009)
Spin-off
appearances
Emmerdale: The Dingles,
For Richer for Poorer
(2010)
ClassificationPresent; regular
Profile
OccupationProstitute (1999–2000)
Secretary (2000–01, 2004)
Businesswoman (2001–)
Haulage driver (2001–03, 2010)
Factory worker (2009–10)
Office assistant (2013–)
HomeHome Farm

Charity Macey (previously Dingle, Tate and Sharma) 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 (Peter Amory), lesbian affair with Chris's sister, Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell), the arrival of her long-lost daughter Debbie (Charley Webb), her affair with Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley), being framed by Chris for his death, giving birth to Noah (Jack Downham) and her relationship and subsequent break up with Tom King (Ken Farrington), 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 (Chris Bisson) and Cain's mistaken belief that they were having an affair. After Charity and Cain's relationship broke down, she went on to marry Jai. They later divorced when Charity discovered he had fathered a child with Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten). Charity then married Declan Macey (Jason Merrells) and became pregnant. However, not wanting another child, Charity had a secret abortion.

Casting[edit]

Actress Suranne Jones auditioned for the role of Charity, however it was Atkins who was eventually cast.[1] The actress received the part while she was in her final year of a performing arts degree at Salford University.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3] Atkins attended the audition and was later recalled to do a screen test alongside Mark Charnock (who plays Marlon Dingle).[3] Two weeks later, Atkins was told she had won the role of Charity.[3] She began filming her scenes in February 2000 and made her first appearance in March.[2]

On 26 July 2004, Kris Green of Digital Spy reported Atkins had quit Emmerdale, claiming that it was time to move on.[4] 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."[4] Atkins made her on screen departure in March 2005.[5]

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.[5] 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."[5] Charity and her five year old son returned on 1 October 2009.[5][6] 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.[7]

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."[8]

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.[2] Atkins commented that her character is everything she is not.[2] Myskow agreed with Atkins and said the actress is nothing like Charity, who she called a "loud-mouthed bad girl."[2] Writing for the Daily Record, Merle Brown deemed Charity a "brassy tart with a heart."[3] Atkins told him Charity is very argumentative, flirty and a bitch, which makes her "a brilliant character to play."[3] Atkins said there are many different sides to Charity that she hoped viewers would get to see as she developed.[3] Tessa Cunningham of the Daily Mirror branded Charity a "manipulative gold-digger."[9] 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."[2] Atkins added Charity does not have to open her mouth as her outfits say everything for her.[2]

Three years after her introduction, Atkins revealed Charity had developed into a "bigger, fiestier and more business-oriented" woman.[10] The actress said she had grown into the character and hoped she would remain cheeky, mischievous and a tart with a heart.[10] Atkins added Charity is playful, but not evil or corrupt.[10] A writer for the Western Mail called Charity "mad, bad and dangerous to know."[11] 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.[12] 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.[12]

Relationship with Chris Tate and affair with Zoe Tate[edit]

Charity begins an "unlikely relationship" with wheelchair-bound, local millionaire, Chris Tate (Peter Amory).[9][13] Charity realises she likes Chris when she becomes involved with his businesses. Charity thinks he is sweet and they get on well.[13] 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.[13] 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."[13] 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.[13] 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.[13] Atkins said viewers would be surprised to find out who Charity is seeing behind Chris's back.[13]

Charity's secret lover was revealed to be Chris's sister, Zoe (Leah Bracknell), during a special hour-long episode.[9][13] Atkins explained the storyline was a shock to her as she had always thought Charity was "a man's woman."[9] 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."[9] Atkins said Charity likes to play games and she finds the idea of an affair with Chris's sister exciting.[9] The actress did not think the storyline was "sensationalist" and reckoned Charity is probably bisexual and was only just realising that through her relationship with Zoe.[9] 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.[10] Atkins said Charity is honest, but she does have feelings for Chris, which would grow.[10] She added the lesbian affair had run its course, but she thought there might be repercussions from it in the future.[10]

Storylines[edit]

2000–05[edit]

Charity as she appeared in her first episode (2000)

Charity comes to Emmerdale for her cousin, Butch's funeral.[14][15] 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 dating with Chris Tate, which his sister, Zoe, is unhappy about and offers her money to end it but Charity refuses. So Zoe persuades Charity to have an affair with her but Charity ends it when Zoe's possessiveness alarms her. Chris proposes marriage and Charity accepts so Zoe records Charity admitting they had an affair and blackmails her to sign a prenuptial agreement. Charity tells Chris about her affair with Zoe and Chris forgives her, tearing up the prenup and Zoe moves out. Chris and Charity marry and Charity helps Chris run his business empire. Chris and Charity eventually realise that Zoe is ill and she has to be sectioned. While in hospital, she is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Charity supports Zoe when she realises she is pregnant ad considers giving the baby up for adoption, revealing she put a baby up for adoption when she was a teenager. Charity is shocked when Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Emily Kirk's (Kate McGregor) foster child, Debbie Jones (Charley Webb), reveals that she is her daughter. Charity initially refuses contact with Debbie but comforts her when her adoptive mother dies. Despite her reserve, she and Debbie bond so Charity files for custody of Debbie and wins, much to Paddy and Emily's dismay. 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. Cain bonds with his daughter and he and Charity begin an affair. Chris discovers this and throws her out. A month later, Charity goes to Home Farm to discuss her marriage, hoping for a reconciliation. However, Chris now knows that he has an inoperable brain tumour and frames Charity for his murder in revenge for her affair, before committing suicide by poisoning his drink.

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 that she killed Chris. Charity is released on bail when she learns that she is pregnant and moves in with Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock). After getting increasingly drunk, they sleep together, despite Marlon being married to Tricia. Charity realises Zoe knows that Chris killed himself and she kisses her but Zoe testifies that Charity killed Chris so Charity is found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment, despite being pregnant. While in prison, she gives birth to a son, who she names Noah (Alfie Mortimer). Zoe, Cain and Marlon take DNA tests and the results show that Chris is Noah's father. Charity strikes a deal with Zoe - she will give her custody of Noah for £20,000 and evidence that Chris committed suicide. Zoe agrees and Charity is released. Zoe refuses to allow Charity any contact with Noah, who she calls Christopher, and plans to adopt him but is refused permission, due to already having 2 children to raise (Chris's older son, Joseph, and her daughter, Jean), running Home Farm and her illness. Social Services then ask Charity to decide whether she wants to raise him herself or put him up for adoption. She chooses to raise him herself and Zoe returns him 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 the relationship. However, Tom proposes and Charity accepts. Sadie hires Cain to kiss Charity in front of a photographer and then shows the pictures to Tom, so 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. In revenge, Charity begins sleeping 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 before begging her to come back to him but she refuses and leaves with Noah.

2009–[edit]

Charity is shocked to see Cain and Debbie at her wedding to Michael Conway (Jamie Belman). Debbie informs Charity that she has been dating 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 having doubts and told him that she was pregnant to stop him.

Wanting to get to know her mother and little brother better, Debbie invites Charity and Noah (now played by Jack Downham) to stay with her. Charity learns Cain stole a lot of money from the Kings and teams up with Carl King (Tom Lister) to get it back. She reunites with Cain and learns that the money is kept in a storage building. She manages to take the money but changes her mind and tries to put it back but Cain and Debbie catch her. Cain gives Charity the money and briefly leaves the village. Charity moves in with Marlon and she tries to give the money to Debbie but she refuses so Charity donates it to the church but Debbie 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 tells Cain that she loves him but 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 target Declan Macey (Jason Merrells), comes to 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 farm. Jai pays Charity to persuade Lisa to sell the farm and move to new accommodation in Hotten, but Lisa refuses. Cain soon becomes jealous of Charity and Jai's working relationship and 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 ends things with Cain after learning that he bedded 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 but 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 Kings' haulage trucks and sell them off. When Cain starts taking his revenge on the Sharma family, Charity and Jai call off their wedding and decide to end the relationship when the threats become more severe. Cain is attacked and Charity is questioned by the police but she insists she did not do it. Charity and Jai reconcile 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. Charity tells Jai that she does not want any more children when he asks, leaving him disappointed. However, he suggests he adopt Noah. Charity disapproves, worried the affect it will have on Noah if the marriage failed, instead they compromise to change Noah's surname to Sharma. Later, Jai has a drunken one-night stand with Rachel Breckle after rowing with Charity about having children. Charity has a one night stand with Declan and admits it immediately. Jai forgives her as he is feeling guilty about his own indiscretion. Rachel discovers she is pregnant and gives birth to his son, Archie. Charity becomes suspicious so Jai's father, Rishi, claims to be Archie's father in order to stop Charity leaving, while making it possible for Jai and Archie to spend time together without anybody suspecting anything. Charity eventually guesses the truth when she notices Jai's overreaction to an injury Archie sustains in an accident with a sparkler and ends the marriage, moving in with Debbie and her children.

Charity witnesses Declan having a mental breakdown at Home Farm and he torches the place, unaware that his sister Megan (Gaynor Faye) is still inside. Charity persuades Declan to frame her cousin, Sam, for the arson so that they can split the insurance pay-out. She thinks that Sam, Rachel and their children would go on the run and Charity would then get revenge on Jai by sending his son away but Rachel refused, insisting that they stay and clear their names. Before Sam's court date, Charity tells Rachel that she and Declan framed Sam and that she will clear his name on one condition, that Rachel goes to the police and makes a statement admitting that she started the fire or Sam faces going to prison for years. Unwilling to see Sam go down, Rachel does as Charity and Declan ask and tells the police that she was the arsonist. When she gets bail, Charity and Declan give her a wad of cash and all the contacts she will need to start a new life with Archie, thus depriving Jai of his son. Only Rachel's sister, Ali, is aware that Rachel was set up as part of Charity's revenge. Charity and Declan then begin a relationship. Charity and Declan's relationship begins to progress but almost everybody in the village believes it will not last. Charity realises she is pregnant in April and keeps it secret, planning to have an abortion, believing that she and Declan couldn't cope with a child. However, Declan finds out after Megan finds the positive test in the bin at Debbie's house, he is happy and proposes to her, making her walk out. Later, Charity accepts Declan's proposal and Declan announces their engagement in the Woolpack and Jai walks in, announcing her pregnancy too, much to Charity and Declan's anger. Charity later decides once again that she wants an abortion and goes to the clinic. She offloads to her consultant, bursting into tears and telling her how she gave Debbie up for adoption when she was a teenager. However, after booking an abortion, she gets home to find that Declan has told Noah about the baby. In May, Charity marries Declan with only Noah, Megan and Declan's nephew, Robbie, present (due to Cain and Moira's wedding being the same day, the Dingles and the villagers go to theirs). Megan tries to sabotage the wedding by hiding the rings - which left Charity to borrow one of Megan's - and setting off the fire alarm. Charity realizes what Megan was up to and a catfight broke out. She panics when Declan reveals he has booked a month's holiday to Barbados for them and Noah as she worries over how to have her abortion. However, a confrontation with Megan a few days later gives Charity an opportunity to feign miscarriage when she is accidentally knocked to the floor, but Megan doesn't know Charity has taken pills to make her miscarry. A scan at the hospital confirms she has lost the baby, leaving Declan devastated. Wracked with guilt, Megan tells Declan that she is resigning and won't move into Home Farm, but boyfriend Jai advises her to test Charity's true intentions. Charity is shaken when Megan says she may stay after all and is later horrified when she walks into Megan telling Declan that she caused the miscarriage. Enraged, Declan throws Megan out. Charity, relieved, agrees to rearrange a late honeymoon for them and Noah, but reveals she is not ready to try for another baby, much to Declan's chagrin. A vengeful Megan then decides to spy on Charity with Nicola at Home Farm. After returning from their honeymoon to Barbados, Charity agrees to try for another baby.

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.[16] In 2010, Atkins was nominated for the Best Actress award.[17] The following year she and Hordley received a nomination for Best On-Screen Partnership.[18] 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?"[19] Kris Green of Digital Spy called Charity "one of the soap's most controversial characters."[4] Steve Hendry of the Sunday Mail branded the Charity, Chris and Zoe storyline as "one of soapland's more bizarre love triangles."[10] A writer for Virgin Media named Cain and Charity one of "Soaps' sexiest couples."[20] 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".[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Merle (28 November 2001). "This Christmas is going to be a real cracker". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c Green, Kris (26 July 2004). "'Emmerdale' actress quits". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Green, Kris (18 March 2009). "Charity Tate returns to 'Emmerdale'". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dingle-dong the bells are going to chime!". The Sun (News International). 25 August 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Green, Kris (7 December 2009). "Exclusive: Atkins extends 'Emmerdale' contract". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Charity Tate". itv.com. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "A real tryst of Tate!". Western Mail (Trinity Mirror). 1 December 2002. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Emmerdale's Charity beds boss Jai". Female First. First Active Media Ltd. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Parkin 2002, p. 112
  15. ^ Parkin 2002, p. 136
  16. ^ Berrett, Caroline (8 May 2005). "Soap baubles; Corrie beauty Nikki sparkles in pounds 100k gems". The People (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "British Soap Awards 2010: the winners and losers". stv.tv. STV. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (15 March 2011). "British Soap Awards 2011: The Winners". Digital Spy (Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Who is Soaps' Greatest Legend?". What's on TV. IPC Media. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Soaps' sexiest couples". Virgin Media. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Morgan, Laura (18 February – 2 March 2012). "Mailbox". All About Soap (Hearst Magazines UK) (264): 62. 

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