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|Portrayed by||Michael Parr|
|First appearance||9 July 2013|
|Introduced by||Kate Oates|
Emmerdale is a British soap opera first broadcast on 16 October 1972. The following is a list of characters that first appeared or will appear during 2013, by order of first appearance. Alex Moss' grandmother Beattie Dixon was introduced by the soap's series producer, Stuart Blackburn. Subsequent characters have been introduced by his successor Kate Oates. Ross Barton made his debut in July. Joanie Wright made her first appearance in August. October saw the introduction of Lindy, the mother of established character Ruby Haswell, and former Coronation Street actor Bill Ward as James Barton. Harriet Finch and Gil will debut in November, while Pete and Finn Barton will arrive later in the year.
|Portrayed by||Michael Parr|
|First appearance||9 July 2013|
|Introduced by||Kate Oates|
Ross Barton, played by Michael Parr, made his first screen appearance on 9 July 2013. The character and Parr's casting was officially announced on 24 October 2013. Of joining the show, Parr stated "I am thrilled to be playing a regular character in Emmerdale. It was always the plan that Laurel's carjacker would be revealed as Moira's nephew – Ross Barton. It has been fun keeping his identity and my role a secret. Although I did nearly burst from wanting to tell people. Ross is a great character and there is lots to come for him in future episodes."
Ross attacks Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy), while she is waiting in her car. Laurel manages to escape and Ross takes the car. Laurel later tracks Ross down and tries to attack him with a pair of scissors, but she becomes scared of Ross. Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) rescue Laurel. Ross later comes to Butler's Farm looking for Cain, after he is shot while carrying out a job that Cain had initially intended to undertake himself. Moira Barton (Natalie J. Robb) realises Ross is the son of her late husband's brother, James (Bill Ward), and she allows him to stay at the farm.
|Portrayed by||Denise Black|
|First appearance||12 August 2013|
|Last appearance||14 November 2013|
|Introduced by||Kate Oates|
Joanie Wright, played by Denise Black, made her first screen appearance on 12 August. The character and Black's casting was announced on 20 June 2013. The actress began filming in the same week as her casting announcement. Of joining the show, Black commented "'Joanie's a character I've never played before. My first grandma. Dear lord, that came round quick. She is going to get some very tasty stories, so I'm really looking forward to it. I already know quite a few of the cast and I met Lesley Dunlop (Brenda Walker) on my first day, who said 'you'll love it here, it's a lovely job'. The casting came through on my birthday so there we go, what a present. I can't believe my luck." Series producer Kate Oates added that Joanie's story would see her play against some of the show's best-loved characters and called Black "a fabulous asset to the show.". On 7 November 2013, it was announced that Black had filmed her final scenes and departed on 14 November at the end of her current storyline.
Joanie is the adoptive grandmother of Kyle Wyatt, the son of Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny) and Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley). When Kyle reappears, viewers learn that he is now living with his "caring and loving grannie Joanie". Black called her character "feisty" and said that enjoys playing poker and drinking pints. Black also revealed that she had let her hair grow out grey for the part, causing people to give up their seats for her on the Tube.
Joanie is the mother of the Karen Winchester who dies of carbon monoxide poisoning along with her husband, Tom. She attends their funeral and wake with her adoptive grandson, Kyle Wyatt. Joanie meets Amy Wyatt and her friend, Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins). Amy later turns up at Kyle's playgroup with Andy Sugden's (Kelvin Fletcher) son, Jack and she panics when Joanie thinks that she can remember her face. Joanie asks Amy to look after Kyle. Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) visits Joanie and accidentally lets slip that Amy is Kyle's biological mother. Joanie is livid and threatens to call the police, but Eric calms her down, and she throws him out. The following day, Eric and Amy pay Joanie a visit, but Eric orders Amy to stay in the car. He and Joanie talk about Amy and Kyle, as they watch him play with a ball. While their backs are turned, the ball rolls onto the front garden, with Kyle chasing after it. Amy grabs him and returns him to Joanie, who accuses Amy of trying to kidnap Kyle. Joanie decides to give Amy a second chance and let her see Kyle. However, when Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick) and Amy take Joanie and Kyle for a picnic, Kyle slips and falls into a river. Amy rescues him and they are both rushed to hospital, where an upset and angry Joanie bans Amy from seeing Kyle. Amy contacts Social Services and Joanie hears this from Amy's mother Kerry (Laura Norton). Joanie confronts Amy and an explosive argument ensues, leading to Joanie slapping Amy when she insults Karen. Amy retaliates by slapping Joanie right back, but this leads to her angrily declaring that she will not let Amy see Kyle again. Amy visits Joanie a week following the argument, and Joanie sends her love to Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen) following Cameron Murray's (Dominic Power) hostage siege at The Woolpack, after she watched it on the news. Joanie talks to Amy briefly, and reveals that she has spoken to Social Services and that Amy cannot get custody of Kyle because he is legally Joanie's. Joanie then tells Amy to leave her and Kyle alone.
Lindy, played by Nimmy March, made her first screen appearance on 11 October 2013. The character and March's casting was announced on 21 September 2013. Lindy is Ruby Haswell's (Alicya Eyo) mother. A show spokesperson commented that Lindy and Ruby's relationship "is far from rosy" and Ruby becomes desperate to keep her identity a secret from her girlfriend Ali (Kelli Hollis).
James Barton, played by Bill Ward, made his first screen appearance on 25 October 2013. The character and Ward's casting was announced on 29 August 2013. The actor will begin filming his first scenes in September. Of his casting, Ward said "I'm really looking forward to it. The Emmerdale team are a very talented bunch indeed and I'm extremely chuffed to have been asked to join them." Series producer Kate Oates commented that she was "delighted" to welcome Ward to the show and added that the arrival of his character would mark a new era for the popular Barton family. James is the older brother of John Barton (James Thornton). The brothers were estranged at the time of John's death due to a rift that was not healed. James is a single father to three sons and is a farmer like John. He will make "an unexpected visit" to John's widow Moira (Natalie J. Robb) at Butler's farm.
James is contacted by his sister-in-law, Moira, who reveals that his son, Ross (Michael Parr), is staying at her farm in Emmerdale. James arrives at the farm and it emerges that he and Ross have not seen each other in years.
Harriet Finch, played by Katherine Dow Blyton, will make her first screen appearance in November 2013. The character and casting was announced on 31 October 2013. Of her casting, Dow Blyton commented "I am delighted to be joining the cast of Emmerdale. Harriet is great fun and I'm looking forward to seeing the character unfold." Harriet is a relative of established character Edna Birch (Shirley Stelfox) and will become a rival for Ashley Thomas (John Middleton), who wants to be the vicar of St Mary's church again.
Gil, played by David Easter, made his first onscreen appearance on 21 November 2013. The character and Easter's casting were announced on 5 November 2013. Gil is a businessman and acquaintance of Declan Macey (Jason Merrells). Declan contacts Gil, hoping that he can help him out with his financial problems. Declan believes Gil might be interested in buying his properties.
Pete Barton, played by Anthony Quinlan, will make his first screen appearance in 2013. The character and casting was announced on 5 November 2013. Of joining Emmerdale, Quinlan commented "I'm really excited to be part of Emmerdale as it's an iconic serial drama. I'm privileged to be working with such a great cast and crew on a fantastic production." Pete is the eldest of James Barton's (Bill Ward) sons. He is "a nice guy", who cares for his family, even when he finds himself at odds with his brother Ross (Michael Parr).
Finn Barton, played by Joe Gill, will make his first screen appearance in 2013. The character and casting was announced on 5 November 2013. Of his casting, Gill said "I'm very grateful to be given this opportunity. The cast and crew have been class with me so far and the fact I'm able to learn from these experienced professionals everyday is just brilliant. I'm hoping my character can contribute to how amazing the show is doing at the moment." Finn is the youngest of James Barton's (Bill Ward) sons. Unlike his brothers, he has a university education and plans that do not involve rural living.
|3 January–||Beattie Dixon||Eileen O'Brien||Beattie is Alex Moss' grandmother. She comes to the village looking for Edna Birch, after she learns Alex has been accused of stealing from her, before apparently fleeing the village. She vows to find her grandson and clear his name, as she could not believe he would be capable of such a thing.|
|3 May–||Neil Gutterson||Cameron Stewart||Neil is the foreman working on construction of Declan Macey's Glamping Site in the woods. Neil goes to Declan to inform him that they have found what appears to be human remains. Neil and Declan ultimately agree to turn a blind eye to the discovery in order to keep the building project on schedule, appalling Declan's wife, Katie. Declan's sister, Megan says she has heard that the Dingles once buried an old poacher in the woods. Neil is played by Cameron Stewart, who had previously appeared in Emmerdale as businessman Larry Jacobs.|
|13–24 May||Kirk Stoker||Matt Kennard||Kirk is a shady young businessman, introduced to Debbie Dingle, by mutual friend, Robbie Lawson. However Robbie becomes jealous when Kirk and Debs go on a date or two, and after the pair fall out, Robbie tricks Debbie into thinking the disgruntled Kirk is trying to harm her, convincing her that he knows what he can be like. Robbie even goes to extreme measures such as smashing Debbie's windows, saying it must have been Kirk and persuading her to let him protect her and her kids. It is clear that Robbie has a crush on Debbie and hopes to win her affections. However, Debbie learns the truth after finding out that Kirk could not have been responsible for harassing her as her father put him in hospital after thinking he was.|
|29 May–||Natalie||Gemma Danielle Salusbury||Natalie is farm-girl who lives with her family on a neighbouring farm to the Barton's. She is a supplier to Butler's Farm and Moira Barton takes her on to help out, after her son Adam quits his job. Adam had previously tried to bribe Natalie into seducing Moira's partner Cain Dingle.|
|1 August–||Gary Benson||Stephen Donald||Gary is Rhona Goskirk's drugs dealer.|
|August–||DS Shields||Jayne Ashbourne||Shields and Flanagan investigate the discovery of Alex Moss's body on the Home Farm estate.|
|August–||DC Flanagan||Tom Roberts|