List of Emmerdale characters (2012)

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Ed Roberts
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byLloyd Everitt
First appearance8 February 2012
Last appearance5 April 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationFormer, recurring
Profile
OccupationRugby player
HomeFrance
 
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Emmerdale is a British soap opera first broadcast on 16 October 1972. The following is a list of characters that first appeared during 2012, by order of first appearance. All characters were introduced by the show's then series producer, Stuart Blackburn. Ed Roberts made his debut appearance in February, followed by Declan Macey's half-sister, Megan shortly after. Robbie began appearing from May, while Kerry Wyatt arrived in July. Steve Harland, Vanessa Woodfield, Dominic Andrews and Gemma Andrews all made their debuts in December. There were 3 births in 2012, Jack Sugden, the son of Andy Sugden and Debbie Dingle and Molly Sharma, the daughter of Nikhil Sharma and Genesis Walker were born in October and Archie Breckle, the son of Jai Sharma and Rachel Breckle was born in December.

Ed Roberts[edit]

Ed Roberts
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byLloyd Everitt
First appearance8 February 2012
Last appearance5 April 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationFormer, recurring
Profile
OccupationRugby player
HomeFrance

Ed Roberts, played by Lloyd Everitt, made his debut appearance on 8 February 2012.[1] Ed arrives in Emmerdale with a broken down minibus and takes it to Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller) to fix.[2] A writer for Inside Soap said there is a spark of attraction between Ed and Aaron, but Aaron dismisses it because he is unsure whether Ed is interested in guys.[2] Aaron wants to move on from Jackson Walsh (Marc Silcock) and an Emmerdale spokesperson told the magazine "With the arrival of Ed, the darkness that has been haunting Aaron begins to disappear."[2] However, Ed and Aaron's potential romance does not get off to a good start when Ed drives off without paying for the repairs to the minibus. Aaron thinks Ed has gone for good, but he later returns to settle the bill.[2] Ed has been described as being "handsome" and "hunky."[2] Anthony D. Langford of AfterElton said Aaron and Ed's scenes often revolved around Aaron's past with Jackson, which he explained was too heavy and not romantic for their fledgling relationship.[3] Langford added "This of course raises the question of why a smart and funny guy like Ed would want to deal with the emotional mess that is Aaron Livesy."[3]

Ed brings a minibus to the garage for Aaron Livesy to fix. However, when Aaron becomes involved in an argument with Adam Barton (Adam Thomas), Ed leaves. He later returns with his rugby team mates and Aaron fixes the minibus, but Ed drives off without paying all of the bill. Ed comes back to the village to give Aaron the rest of the money for the work on the minibus and he invites him to a party. Ed brings his car to the garage for Aaron to look at and he later gives him his number. Aaron arranges to go for a drink with Ed, but he cancels to help Adam fix a roof. Ed finds out what Aaron is doing and he and two of his teammates comes to help. Holly Barton (Sophie Powles) flirts with Ed and he reveals he is gay. Ed mistakes Aaron and Adam's friendship for something more, but Aaron corrects him and they kiss. Aaron and Ed go on their first date to Bar West, but Ed leaves early when the barman tells him that Aaron helped his previous boyfriend, Jackson to die. Aaron becomes angry with Ed, but he later calls him and they meet up. Aaron and Ed talk and Aaron reveals his scars from self harming. Ed is not fazed and they spend the night together. Ed later tells Aaron that he has been signed for a French rugby club and is leaving for France in four weeks. He asks Aaron to come with him and he agrees.

Megan Macey[edit]

Megan Macey
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byGaynor Faye
Duration2012–
First appearance21 February 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationPresent, regular
Profile
OccupationBusiness consultant

Megan Macey, played by Gaynor Faye, made her first on screen appearance on 21 February 2012.[5][6] The character and casting was announced on 12 October 2011.[5] Faye said she was "incredibly excited" to be joining Emmerdale and series producer Stuart Blackburn added he was thrilled to welcome the actress to the show.[5] Faye later revealed she has a twelve month contract with Emmerdale.[7]

Megan is Declan Macey's (Jason Merrells) "glamorous" half-sister, she arrives at Home Farm to stay with Declan after he contacts her about getting involved with a big project.[5] Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy said Megan will quickly make an impact on the village.[5] She is described as "fiercely ambitious, intimidating and oozing self-confidence", she stands up for herself and will shake things up between Declan and his girlfriend, Katie Sugden (Sammy Winward).[5] Of her character, Faye said "The women on Emmerdale are strong and feisty and I can't wait to play my character, who's fun but extremely driven and will stop at nothing to get her own way! She's quite different to many of the roles that I have played before and hopefully will take people by surprise."[5] Nicola Methven of the Daily Mirror said Megan will "turn the heads of the village men."[8] Speaking to a writer for the Daily Mirror, Faye said she could not wait to start playing Megan, who she branded "a baddie".[9] The actress said viewers are used to seeing her play nice characters and her new role is a departure from that, as Megan will cause mayhem and stir up the men and women of the village.[9] A writer for Soaplife magazine said that since Kim Tate (Claire King) left Emmerdale there had not been a "Lady of the Home Farm Manor to fill her designer boots." They said that Megan's arrival could change that, and added that if Megan is half the woman Kim was, she will do more than "just surprise."[10]

In April 2012, it was revealed Declan would track down Megan's son, Robbie (Jamie Shelton), who she gave up for adoption when she was a teenager.[11] Faye said Megan would be furious if she knew what Declan was up to. She explained "Megan is always telling Declan to keep his nose out of her life. They may be good at business together, but they're not good at each other's personal lives. And him interfering in this is going too far."[11] Of Megan's past, Faye revealed that she was in her late teens when she had Robbie and because no one was there for her, it was decided she should put him up for adoption.[11] Faye added "She hasn't seen Robbie since she gave him up. She ignored a letter he wrote to her years back, but finding him is still something that's always at the back of her mind."[11]

Robbie Lawson[edit]

Robbie Lawson
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byJamie Shelton
Duration2012–
First appearance16 May 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationPresent, regular
Profile
OccupationCourier Driver (2013–)

Robbie Lawson,[12] played by Jamie Shelton, made his first screen appearance on 16 May 2012.[13] The character and Shelton's casting were announced on 4 April 2012.[14] The actor told a reporter from the official Emmerdale website, that he was excited to join the cast because Robbie is a "a great character to play". Robbie will be involved with characters within the setting of Home Farm. He will share a specific connection to the character of Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye), with his arrival confronting her "with a past she had hoped to forget". Robbie will also "test the loyalties of everyone around him".[14] The serial's producer Stuart Blackburn spoke of his delight over Shelton's casting, adding that his character would "certainly stir things up at Home Farm". Robbie is described as "tough nut" and is used to putting up a front, a personality trait that Blackburn said would take a while to get past.[14] Of Robbie, Kate White of Inside Soap said "We must admit to being intrigued by Emmerdale new boy Robbie. He's mysterious, he's got an edge, and he's even made Megan's scenes bearable. Long may it continue!"[15]

Kerry Wyatt[edit]

Kerry Wyatt
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byLaura Norton
Duration2012–
First appearance17 July 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationPresent; regular

Kerry S. Wyatt, played by Laura Norton, made her first screen appearance on 17 July 2012.[16] The character and casting was announced on 31 May 2012.[16] Norton began filming her first scenes in June.[16] Of joining Emmerdale, the actress said "I am delighted to have been given this role. Emmerdale has always been my favourite soap and it's a joy and privilege to be joining the team."[16] Series producer Stuart Blackburn commented that Norton is "a fantastic actor" and that it was a delight to welcome her to the cast.[16]

Kerry is the mother of established character, Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny).[16] Daniel Kilkelly of Digital Spy reported Kerry was heartbroken when Amy was taken into foster care. He stated that Kerry is "wayward" and guaranteed to liven things up for her daughter and her foster parents Val (Charlie Hardwick) and Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell).[16] Norton described Kerry as being "an amazing and unpredictable, appealing character".[16] She added that she could not wait to play Amy's "reckless mum."[16] Amy meets her mother while she is out celebrating her birthday. She flirts with a man, who turns out to be Kerry's boyfriend. Kerry then follows her daughter back to the village, hoping to be a part of her life.[16]

While on a night out, Kerry witnesses her boyfriend, Chris Fletcher (Michael Taylor), kissing Amy. Kerry breaks the pair up and smacks Amy. Kerry starts hitting Chris with her handbag and Amy realises that Kerry is her mother. After Kerry is thrown out of the club, Amy reveals that she is her daughter. Kerry tries to talk to Amy and she gives her her phone number. Kerry later finds Amy's address on Facebook and she comes to Emmerdale to make amends. However, she meets Val Pollard (Charlie Hardwick), who tells her to leave. Kerry thanks Val for her help in raising Amy, but vows to come back and sort things out.

Kerry begins a relationship with Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher). However, Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) begins leaving her kids with Andy and Kerry which Kerry soon becomes annoyed about. One night, Kerry becomes drunk and drops a cigarette on the rug and sets Andy's house on fire, nearly killing herself and baby Jack. She and Jack are saved by Andy, Amy, and Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley), after Andy's daughter Sarah raises the alarm. Andy nearly attacks Kerry and ends their relationship. After getting into a fight with Debbie in the street over the situation, Kerry goes on holiday for a few weeks.

Kerry returns but is horrified to see Andy and Amy kissing and tells them she is pregnant. However, it is revealed she is lying when she asks a pregnant woman to use a pregnancy stick. Kerry shows it to Andy and he buys her another one but the pregnant woman also urinated in a little cup and Kerry tricks Andy into believing she's pregnant. However she is not convinced and Andy tells her to have an abortion otherwise he will not support her.

Steve Harland[edit]

Steve Harland
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byTom Mannion
Duration2012–13
First appearance6 December 2012
Last appearance11 September 2013
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationFormer; regular
Profile
OccupationHorse trainer

Steve Harland, played by Tom Mannion, made his first screen appearance on 6 December 2012.[17] The character and Harland's casting was announced on 25 October 2012.[17] David Brown from the Radio Times reported that Harland and Michelle Hardwick (Vanessa Woodfield) had already filmed their first scenes.[17] Of his casting, Harland commented "I'm really looking forward to the adventure that is Emmerdale."[17] Harland revealed that he undertook research for his character's occupation as a horse trainer, saying "I had a few conversations with a couple of trainers - in particular one of which used to train for the Queen - just really to get the lay of the land of what Steve's life might have been like. It's good to know, just to have in the background."[18]

Steve is Bernice Blackstock's (Samantha Giles) "charismatic" married lover.[19] He is described as being "a passionate, optimistic man who likes to get the most out of life."[17] Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy revealed that the traits that attracted Steve to Bernice may end up driving him mad.[19] During an interview with Kilkelly, Mannion stated that Steve arrives in Emmerdale to see Bernice and reveals that he has not yet broken up with his wife.[18] However, Bernice's sister, Nicola (Nicola Wheeler), later calls Steve's wife to let her know about the affair.[18] On Steve's past and the affair with Bernice, Mannion explained "This is presumption and assumption on my part, but from what I suspect, this is the first time this has happened to Steve. I don't think he has done this before - he's not a practised philanderer. An affair is not the norm for him. I think Steve has been totally swept up by this gorgeous, attractive woman who has come into his life. He's just gone, 'Wow this is really different'. I don't think he expected it to go the way it has, and now he's terrified about his marriage break-up. He has found himself in a situation he isn't prepared for."[18] Steve is forced into making a fresh start and Mannion told Kilkelly that he has a bit of money and will pay his way by working with horses.[18]

Vanessa Woodfield[edit]

Vanessa Woodfield
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byMichelle Hardwick
Duration2012–
First appearance10 December 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationPresent; regular
Profile
OccupationLocum Vet

Vanessa Woodfield, played by Michelle Hardwick, made her first screen appearance on 10 December 2012.[20] The character and Hardwick's casting was announced on 25 October 2012.[17] Hardwick stated "As a local girl and a fan of the show, Emmerdale is my dream job. After only 2 days I am starting to feel at home already and Vanessa is such a fun character I can't wait to see what's in store for her."[17] Vanessa is "a wild friend" of Rhona Goskirk's (Zoe Henry) from college. Vanessa has been described as being "a self-assured party girl" and "a breath of fresh air".[19] She is plain-speaking and will clash with Rhona's husband, Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) when she arrives at the vets' practice.[17]

Rhona invites Vanessa to Emmerdale after she fires her locum vet. Paddy becomes jealous of Vanessa and Rhona's friendship. Vanessa later humiliates him in front of Edna Birch (Shirley Stelfox), when they discuss payment for her dog's treatment. In the local pub, Vanessa eyes up Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) at the bar and suggests that she and Rhona go on a proper night out. When Vanessa goes to Butlers Farm, she walks in on Moira Barton (Natalie J Robb) and Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley). She returns to the farm the following day and apologises to Moira for what happened. They then sit down together and tell each other about their pasts. Vanessa is distraught when Katie Addyman's (Sammy Winward) horse dies whilst in her care. Katie is ready to sue Vanessa, but Rhona helps calm the situation down.

Paddy later helps Vanessa look for a new flat, but Vanessa is distracted by a house fire caused by Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) across the road. Vanessa then discovers that Rhona has an addiction to painkillers, after becoming hooked after having trouble with back ache. She tries to help Rhona get over the addiction, but it just keeps getting worse and worse. When Rhona and Paddy go on a weekend away with friends Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) and Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy), Rhona keeps buying painkillers from the local chemist and takes them. Whilst taking the painkillers, she misses her son, Leo's first steps, which are witnesses by Paddy, Marlon and Laurel. Rhona tells Paddy that she does not feel well and orders him to take her back to the village, but tells Paddy to stay with Laurel and Marlon at the cabin for a couple of days while Vanessa looks after her. She meets Vanessa and she confronts her about stealing painkillers from old-aged pensioner Sandy Thomas (Freddie Jones), leaving him in severe pain. Rhona denies it, but when Vanessa says she can have more painkillers if she admits it, she eventually does. Vanessa denies giving her painkillers, leading to Rhona slapping Vanessa, and Vanessa telling Rhona that she needs a lot of help to get over her addiction now. Vanessa realises that she has feelings for Rhona, and helps her addiction by giving her painkillers. Eventually, Vanessa realises what she is doing and warns Rhona that if she doesn't stop taking painkillers, she will end up in hospital or even worse dead. Rhona ignores this and pushes Vanessa to give her drugs.

Vanessa eventually plucks up the courage to tell Rhona how she feels, but Rhona rejects her harshly, claiming her feelings are "wrong". Vanessa is distraught, and she continues supplying Rhona with painkillers. Rhona eventually visits a drug dealer to give her more drugs, but while she is in The Woolpack with Vanessa, she runs into the toilets and coughs up blood, so Vanessa takes her to hospital. They return, and Paddy presumes that Rhona is cheating on him. When he tries to look at her phone, Rhona lashes out and hits him repeatedly, devastating Paddy. Vanessa is there to give Rhona some support, and in a bid to get more drugs, Rhona reveals that she is in love with Vanessa, too. When Vanessa arrives home from work, Rhona kisses her passionately, with the pair declaring their love for each other. Vanessa and Rhona begin a short-lived affair, but are rumbled when Paddy walks in on the pair kissing. Paddy refuses to believe that Rhona is a lesbian, and decides to move in with Marlon and Laurel. Rhona reveals to Vanessa that she was only using her to get painkillers and insults her harshly, and throws her out of her home. Vanessa then goes to stay with good friend Moira, but then discovers that Rhona has overdosed and meets Marlon and Paddy at the hospital. There, Vanessa reveals to Marlon, Paddy and Moira that Rhona is addicted to painkillers, and reveals why she felt she had to lie to Paddy. Paddy ends up attacking Vanessa, but is restrained by Marlon and Moira. Rhona later wakes up and Paddy reveals that Vanessa told him about her addiction. The following day, Paddy clears out all of Vanessa's belongings and throw them out on the street, and in a rage, Vanessa reveals to colleague and friend Pearl Ladderbanks (Meg Johnson) that she and Rhona kissed, leaving Pearl wondering whether Rhona is a lesbian or not. Vanessa then moves in with Moira, Cain and Moira's son Adam Barton (Adam Thomas), where she learns from Moira that Rhona will be released from hospital soon.

Rhona is discharged, and after refusing to go to rehab, she decides to go into "cold turkey". Vanessa learns of this, and is concerned Rhona's welfare. Paddy then threatens to sack Vanessa, but she reminds him that she owns a third of the vets, so he cannot. Following Cameron Murray's (Dominic Power) hostage siege at The Woolpack, Vanessa allows Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen) and Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) to stay with her.

Dominic Andrews[edit]

Dominic Andrews
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byWil Johnson
Duration2012–
First appearance27 December 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationPresent; regular
Profile
OccupationCourier

Dominic "Dom" Andrews, played by Wil Johnson, made his first screen appearance on 27 December 2012.[17] The character and Johnson's casting was announced on 25 October 2012.[17] The actor stated "I can't wait to get started. I am looking forward to an exciting journey. I've been told anything could happen with my character."[17] Dominic is a mechanic and the father of a teenage daughter, Gemma (Tendai Rinomhota).[17] He is "still finding his feet as a single dad."[19]

Immediately upon his arrival Dom has a one-night stand with Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb), but she is using him for information on his boss Pete, who does regular drugs runs. Dom's daughter Gemma discovers she is pregnant, after having sex with Sean Spencer (Luke Roskell). Gemma is not happy when her father begins dating Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson). Gemma tells Dom that she is not feeling well and he allows her to stay off school. While looking through the rubbish, Dom discovers a pregnancy test and rages at Gemma. The argument spills into the street, but Alicia claims the pregnancy test belongs to her. Alicia and Gemma go off to talk. When they return, Gemma runs upstairs, while Dom confronts Alicia and ends their relationship. Gemma later reveals to Dom that she is pregnant. Dom supports Gemma when she chooses to have an abortion. Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) decides to get her own back on Gemma for having sex with Sean and writes about her abortion on a school whiteboard, causing a fight. Dom goes round to the Dingles' cottage and vows that he is not going to rest until Belle is expelled from the school. In October 2013 Dom is seen outside The Woolpack where Cameron Murray is holding people hostage inside at gunpoint. Later David Metcalfe gets out of the pub carrying Alicia who had been shot by a stray bullet and goes with Dom in the ambulance to hospital.

Gemma Andrews[edit]

Gemma Andrews
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byTendai Rinomhota
Duration2012–
First appearance28 December 2012
Introduced byStuart Blackburn
ClassificationPresent; regular
Profile
OccupationStudent

Gemma Andrews, played by Tendai Rinomhota, made her first screen appearance on 28 December 2012.[17] The character and Rinomhota's casting was announced on 25 October 2012.[17] Gemma is the "wayward" teenage daughter of Dom (Wil Johnson).[17] She is friends with Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper).[21]

Gemma discovers she is pregnant, after spending the night with Sean Spencer (Luke Roskell). Gemma is not happy when her father begins dating Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson). She reveals to Dom that she is not feeling to good so he allows her to stop off school. While looking through the rubbish for something, Dom discovers a pregnancy test kit and rages at Gemma. The argument spills into the street, but when Alicia arrives, she tells Dom that the pregnancy test is hers. Alicia then has a heart to heart with Gemma, and she reveals to a stunned Alicia that she is in fact pregnant, and does not know what to do. Alicia advises Gemma to tell her father, but Gemma seems terrified of doing so. She then confides in Alicia about her mother and how she ran out on her and Dom. When they return, Gemma runs upstairs, while Dom confronts Alicia. He then ends the relationship, devastating Alicia. Upset of what happened between Sean and Gemma, Belle decides to get her own back so at school she writes about Gemma's abortion on one of the school's whiteboards this causes a fight between the two but the fight is broken up by their headmaster who has Belle suspended.

Others[edit]

Date(s)CharacterActorCircumstances
9 AprilDoctor BarrettLena Kaur[22]Doctor Barrett attends Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) after he collapses in the Woolpack. After examining him, she asks him if he is having trouble at home. She diagnoses a panic attack and he discharges himself against her medical advice.
11–12 AprilLukeBen Gerrard[23]Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye) talks to Luke in a bar and takes him to sit with Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Charity Sharma (Emma Atkins). Charity invites Luke to accompany them to the Woolpack. Luke and Chas have drinks together, which makes Cameron Murray (Dominic Power) jealous. Luke visits Chas the next day and asks her out for dinner. She refuses and admits that she is involved with someone else.
11–13 MayDr StamfordRebecca Grant[24]When Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) is brought into hospital, he is referred to Dr Stamford. She is a psychiatrist and questions Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) about Zak's state of mind. She assesses Zak and informs the Dingle family that Zak has been sectioned.
2 May–Nigel TownsendAndonis Anthony[25]Nigel and Davey are loan sharks, who come looking for Zak Dingle. They tell his wife, Lisa, that Zak borrowed money from them and they want repaying.
Davey AldredJames Lauren[25]
14 May–10 JulyTrevor CunninghamJustin McDonald[26]Trevor is a nurse who cares for Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) after he is sectioned.
4 June–Talia BriceCarolynne Poole[27]Talia is Justin Gallagher's (Andrew Langtree) fiancee. She accompanies Justin on a visit to see his son and ex-wife.
17 JulyChris FletcherMichael Taylor[28]Chris is Kerry Wyatt's (Laura Norton) boyfriend. He meets Amy Wyatt (Chelsea Halfpenny) while on a night out with Kerry, and he kisses her. However, Kerry pulls them apart and starts hitting him for cheating on her.
17 October–Jack SugdenUncredited[29]Jack is Andy Sugden and Debbie Dingle's son, who was born during the 40th anniversary live episode. He was conceived in a bid to save the life of their young daughter, Sarah. Jack was named after Andy's late adoptive father.
17 October–20 August 2013Molly SharmaMaia Rose Smith[30]Molly is Nikhil Sharma and Genesis Walker's daughter, who was born at The Grange B&B during the 40th anniversary live episode.[29][31] Following her mother's death, Nikhil left the village with Molly for Toronto.
18 October–DI DrakeDavid Fleeshman[32]DC Shawcross and DI Drake are the detectives investigating the murder of Carl King.
DC ShawcrossRyan Early[32]
20 November–5 DecemberBrett HarrisonGideon Turner[33]Brett is a locum vet hired by Paddy Kirk and Rhona Goskirk. When Brett tries to kiss Rhona, she tells him that he has to leave. Paddy later confronts Brett and sacks him.
13 December–Archie Breckle[34]UncreditedArchie is Rachel Breckle and Jai Sharma's son. He was born prematurely and had to stay in a NICU. He lives with Rachel and the Dingle's. Jai's wife Charity was suspicious about how close Jai and Archie were so Jai's father Rishi told Charity that he was the father of Archie but in November 2013, Rishi had suffered a heart attack which led to Charity discovering that Jai fathered Archie, not Rishi. Their marriage breaks down as a result.
31 December–Luke Salter[35]Daniel PearsonLuke is a teenage boy who meets Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) at a New Year's Eve party.

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