Archie Brooks

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Archie Brooks
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Tony Pitts
First appearance15 November 1983
Last appearance30 December 1993
Created by Kevin Laffan
Introduced byClyde Fairly
Classification Former; regular
OccupationSlaughter house worker (1981–1983)
Handyman (1983–93)
Bartender (1986–1990)
Child minder (1991–1993)

Archie Brooks is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale , portrayed by Tony Pitts. Archie was first described as a layabout but eventually turned into a loveable and caring individual. He had a 10-year span on the show between 1983 and 1993. He was one of the victims of the famous Emmerdale plane crash.


Background and Storylines

Over the first few years in the village Archie gained a reputation as a somewhat unreliable character: he was paid to fix the boiler in the local public house The Woolpack but after he supposedly repaired it became faulty and nearly released gas into the air; and he was also paid by Alan Turner to repair the motor on his car, but Archie ended up tampering with the brakes, nearly causing Alan to have an accident. However Nick began to lead Archie astray and one evening they went joyriding in Hotton and ended up in the cells for a night. They also frequently caused trouble in The Woolpack, by winding up other customers and arguing over the prices that pub landlord Amos Brearly was selling the alcohol at. The trouble eventually ceased when Archie and Nick were warned by Amos, who threatened to bar them. Nick is the first person who finds out that Archie worked at a slaughterhouse prior to his arrival in the village, and that he was sacked after an accident with a band saw.

Archie initially arrived in the village in November 1983 when he gets a part-time job as a road sweeper. He begins a short-lived relationship with Sandie Merrick and left the village a couple of months later. However he returned once again in mid–1984 and began working as the village handyman, doing bit jobs here and there. He attempted to rekindle his romance with Sandie but she had entered a relationship with David Blackmore.

Archie befriended Seth Armstrong and later he also befriended Nick Bates when he arrived in the village, also embarking on a brief relationship with Nick's elder sister Kathy.

Relationship with Rachel Hughes

After splitting up with Kathy and spending a couple of months single, Archie patiently pursued Rachel Hughes and eventually she slept with him and they began a relationship. Rachel is devastated when Archie is sent to prison. Archie is released from prison in January 1989, halfway through his sentence, for good behavior and begins working as a barman at The Woolpack again. He resumes his romantic liaison with Rachel but later discovers that she is having an affair with married Pete Whiteley. Devastated at Rachel's betrayal, Archie becomes depressed and begins drinking heavily. He resents Rachel and begins to blame Nick for having him sent to prison. He pushes out all of his friends but eventually with support from Nick, Kathy and Seth he comes around and recovers from his depressed state. He continues to resent Rachel for her betrayal, but they later becomes friends again when Archie supports her when her mother Kate is sent to prison for accidentally killing Pete Whiteley while drunk driving.

The Fire at Seth's hide

However, later in 1989 Nick's brother-in-law Jackie Merrick is killed after accidentally shooting himself while hunting a fox with Seth for a bet. Nick blames Seth for Jackie's death and leaving Kathy a widow, and he enlists the help of Archie to set fire to Seth's Hide as revenge. However the police are alerted and although Nick escapes Archie is caught and arrested. Feeling guilty as Seth was his friend, Archie pleads guilty to arson at his trial and is sentenced to twelve months in prison. Nick later visits Archie in prison and Archie forgives him for having him put in prison, and gives him a letter to give Seth telling him that he was sorry for vandalizing his land.

Relationship with Zoe Tate

Archie grows close to local vet Zoe Tate and they begin sleeping together. However, after a couple of months, Zoe reveals to Archie that she is in fact gay. Archie is devastated and nearly relapses into alcoholism, but sees sense and he and Zoe decide to remain friends.

Plane crash demise

On New Year's Eve 1993, Archie and Nick go to The Woolpack and encounter Seth and Lynn Whiteley. Seth and Lynn wind Archie and Nick up over the rumors that Elsa is spreading that they are gay lovers in order to strengthen her case in her custody battle for Alice. Archie and Nick then leave the pub following an argument with Seth and Lynn but as they are walking home a plane crashes on the village. Archie and Nick are blinded by jet fuel and a ball of fire engulfs Archie in flames. Archie is never seen again and is presumed dead by the village, although his body is never found. The villagers mourn the death of Archie along with the other three victims, Mark Hughes, Leonard Kempinski and Elizabeth Pollard.

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