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Glenda McKay (born 2 February 1971) is a British actress.
The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, informally as Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.
She is best known for playing the character of Rachel Hughes on the popular ITV soap Emmerdale from 1988 until the character was killed off in 1999, in an iconic scene where she is pushed of a cliff by Graham Clark.
Rachel Hughes is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, portrayed by Glenda McKay.
ITV is a British free-to-air television network with its headquarters in London, it was launched in 1955 as Independent Television under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority to provide competition to BBC Television, that was established in 1932. ITV is also the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4. In part, the number 3 was assigned because television sets would usually be tuned so that the regional ITV station would be on the third button, with the other stations being allocated to the number within their name.
Emmerdale is a British soap opera set in Emmerdale, a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales. Created by Kevin Laffan, Emmerdale Farm was first broadcast on 16 October 1972. Produced by ITV Yorkshire, it has been filmed at their Leeds studio since its inception. The programme is broadcast in every ITV region.
Glenda's brother Craig McKay also starred alongside her in Emmerdale as her screen brother Mark Hughes (who was killed off in the air crash episode that was aired on 31 December 1993). Glenda is now a teacher in West Yorkshire and is now married. Her married name is Cumberland.
Craig McKay is an English actor well known for playing the part of Mark Hughes in ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1988 until 1993, when his character was killed off in the famous Plane Crash storyline on New Year's Eve 1993.
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Jack Sugden is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale. The character was originally played by Andrew Burt from 1972 to 1973 with a brief return in 1976, when the character left for Italy to write a book. On his return in 1980 he was played by Clive Hornby. Hornby stayed in the role until 2008 when he was forced to take a break from Emmerdale due to illness. His last on-screen appearance was on 21 February 2008, and his absence was explained by the character visiting his mother, Annie Sugden in Spain. Although Hornby intended to return to the series he did not recover from his health problems and early July that year died of the illness without returning to the series and Jack died off screen the following year.
Glynis Barber is a South African actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Sgt. Harriet Makepeace in the British police drama Dempsey and Makepeace, Glenda Mitchell in EastEnders, DCI Grace Barraclough in Emmerdale, Fiona Brake in Night and Day, and Soolin in Blake's 7.
Steven "Steve" Marchant is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Paul Opacic. He made his first screen appearance on 26 March 1996.
Kim Tate is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Claire King. The character was first introduced in December 1989 and originally left in January 1999. Kim returned for a short stint on 8 October 2018, before returning permanently on 14 March 2019.
Joseph "Joe" Sugden is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by ex-Doctor Who Companion Frazer Hines. He first appeared on-screen during the soap's first episode broadcast 16 October 1972 and remained in the programme until 1983. After a brief return in the following year, Hines reprised his role on a permanent basis in 1986, a landmark year for the show under Richard Handford. He made his last appearance in August 1994, and subsequently died off-screen the following year.
Graham Clark is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Kevin Pallister. He made his first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 20 August 1998.
Leonard Kempinski is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Bernard Archard. He made his first appearance on 15 December 1992 and remained a regular in the programme for just over a year, before his character was killed off in the Emmerdale plane crash of New Year's Eve 1993.
Lady Tara Thornfield is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Anna Brecon. She made her first on screen appearance on 31 July 1997. She remained on and off in the show until departing on 4 January 2002 for a new life with Sean Reynolds, whom she later married, but made a brief return with step-son, Marc, in 2007 for her father-in-law Len's funeral.
Katherine Mary "Kate" Hughes is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Sally Knyvette.
The Emmerdale Plane Crash, also known as the Beckindale Air Disaster, was a storyline for British soap opera Emmerdale. It occurred on 30 December 1993, and gave Emmerdale its highest-ever viewing figures of 18 million.
Katherine Elizabeth "Kathy" Brookman is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Malandra Burrows. She appeared as a regular character from 1985 until she was axed in 2001 by series producer Steve Frost. She was the show's central character throughout that time. In October 2005 series producer Kathleen Beedles reintroduced the character, when Burrows reprised the role briefly for the funeral of Seth Armstrong. Kathy currently serves as the twentieth longest serving character in the history of Emmerdale.
The Mitchell family is a fictional family in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. They were first introduced in 1990, when brothers Phil and Grant Mitchell bought the local garage, the Arches. Since then, they have been developed significantly to include both the immediate and extended families of these characters. McFadden remains as the longest running Mitchell in the show currently, but the family has expanded significantly in the years since, and they still remain a large presence on the square.
Elizabeth Lakely was a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Emmerdale, played by Kitty McGeever. She was Emmerdale's first blind character, and was played by a blind actress. She made her first on-screen appearance on 28 April 2009. Lizzie's last appearance was on 28 March 2013. McGeever had health problems, but, in June 2013, producer Kate Oates stated there had been plans for her to return. McGeever died in August 2015, however, without having returned to the series.
The Sugdens, are a fictional family in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Introduced during the show's conception in 1972, they were the main family for storylines between the 1970s and 1980s and remained as such for many years. The families original unit consisted of widowed farmer Annie Sugden, alongside her children Peggy Skilbeck, Jack Sugden and Joe Sugden. Subsequently these characters went on to produce more generations of Sugdens.