Emmerdale is a British television soap opera first broadcast on ITV on 16 October 1972. The following is a list of characters who currently appear in the programme, listed in order of first appearance. Some characters have been recast since their first appearance and other characters may have multiple actors sharing the role. In these cases, the most recent actor to portray the role is listed first.
|Eric Pollard||Chris Chittell||1986–|
|Kim Tate||Claire King||1989–1999, 2018–|
|Victoria Sugden||Isabel Hodgins||1994–|
|Zak Dingle||Steve Halliwell||1994–|
|Sam Dingle||James Hooton||1995–1998, 2000–|
|Mandy Dingle||Lisa Riley||1995–2001, 2019–|
|Jamie Tate||Alexander Lincoln||1996–1999, 2019–|
|Marlon Dingle||Mark Charnock||1996–|
|Paddy Kirk||Dominic Brunt||1997–|
|Bernice Blackstock||Samantha Giles||1998–2002, 2004, 2012–2019, 2021–|
|Belle Dingle||Eden Taylor-Draper||1998–|
|Diane Sugden||Elizabeth Estensen||1999−|
|Charity Dingle||Emma Atkins||2000–2005, 2009–|
|Cain Dingle||Jeff Hordley||2000–2006, 2009–|
|Bob Hope||Tony Audenshaw||2000–|
|Rodney Blackstock||Patrick Mower||2000–|
|Faith Dingle||Sally Dexter||2000, 2004, 2017–2019, 2021–|
|Nicola King||Nicola Wheeler||2001–|
|Rhona Goskirk||Zoe Henry||2001–2002, 2010–|
|Gabby Thomas||Rosie Bentham||2001–|
|Laurel Thomas||Charlotte Bellamy||2002–|
|Chas Dingle||Lucy Pargeter||2002–|
|Debbie Dingle||Charley Webb||2002–|
|Pearl Ladderbanks||Meg Johnson||2003–|
|Aaron Livesy||Danny Miller||2003–2004, 2006, 2008–2012, 2014–|
|Jimmy King||Nick Miles||2004–|
|Noah Dingle||Jack Downham||2004–2005, 2009–|
|Sarah Sugden||Katie Hill||2005–|
|Sophia Amber Moore|
|David Metcalfe||Matthew Wolfenden||2006–|
|Brenda Walker||Lesley Dunlop||2008–|
|Leyla Harding||Roxy Shahidi||2008–2011, 2013–|
|Moira Barton||Natalie J. Robb||2009–|
|Matty Barton||Ash Palmisciano||2009–2012, 2018–|
|Jai Sharma||Chris Bisson||2009–|
|Priya Sharma||Fiona Wade||2009–|
|Jacob Gallagher||Joe-Warren Plant||2010–|
|Amy Wyatt||Natalie Ann Jamieson||2010–2013, 2019–|
|Rishi Sharma||Bhasker Patel||2011–|
|Amelia Spencer||Daisy Campbell||2011–|
|Dan Spencer||Liam Fox||2011–|
|Kerry Wyatt||Laura Norton||2012–|
|Vanessa Woodfield||Michelle Hardwick||2012–|
|Harriet Finch||Katherine Dow Blyton||2013–|
|Liam Cavanagh||Jonny McPherson||2014–|
|Tracy Metcalfe||Amy Walsh||2014–|
|Liv Flaherty||Isobel Steele||2016–|
|Lydia Hart||Karen Blick||2016–|
|Leanna Cavanagh||Mimi Slinger||2018–|
|Dawn Taylor||Olivia Bromley||2018–|
|Ryan Stocks||James Moore||2018–|
|Manpreet Sharma||Rebecca Sarker||2018–|
|Ellis Chapman||Aaron Anthony||2018–|
|Billy Fletcher||Jay Kontzle||2018–|
|Vinny Dingle||Bradley Johnson||2019–|
|Bear Wolf||Joshua Richards||2019–|
|Will Taylor||Dean Andrews||2019–|
|Nate Robinson||Jurell Carter||2019–|
|Andrea Tate||Anna Nightingale||2019–|
|Wendy Posner||Susan Cookson||2019–|
|Al Chapman||Michael Wildman||2019–|
|Luke Posner||Max Parker||2019–2021|
|Ben Tucker||Simon Lennon||2020–|
|Meena Jutla||Paige Sandhu||2020–|
|Mackenzie Boyd||Lawrence Robb||2020–|
|Charles Anderson||Kevin Mathurin||2020–|
|Ethan Anderson||Emile John||2021–|
|PC Mike Swirling||Andy Moore||2004−|
|Samson Dingle||Sam Hall||2006−|
|Sandra Flaherty||Joanne Mitchell||2006, 2008, 2016, 2021–|
|Cathy Hope||Gabrielle Dowling||2007−|
|Heath Hope||Sebastian Dowling||2007−|
|Arthur Thomas||Alfie Clarke||2007−|
|Angelica King||Rebecca Bakes||2009−|
|Elliot Windsor||Luca Hoyle||2011−2012, 2016−|
|Jackson Charles Cummins|
|Leo Goskirk||Harvey Rogerson||2011−|
|Kyle Winchester||Huey Quinn||2011, 2013, 2015−|
|Jack Sugden||Seth Ball||2012−|
|Archie Breckle||Kai Assi||2012−2015, 2019−|
|Adam Wahab Shahzad|
|April Windsor||Amelia Flanagan||2014−|
|Amba Metcalfe||Ava Jayasinghe||2014−|
|Juliette Holliday||Amelia Curtis||2014, 2016, 2021−|
|Carl Holliday||Charlie Joyce||2014, 2016−|
|Moses Dingle||Arthur Cockroft||2015−|
|Johnny Woodfield||Luca Hepworth||2015−|
|Dotty Thomas||Tilly-Rue Foster||2016−|
|Isaac Dingle||Luca Hepworth||2017−|
|Millie Tate||Willow Bell||2019−|
|Eve Dingle||Bonnie Clement||2019−|
|Theo Metcalfe||Eve Rowlinski||2019−|
|Harry Sugden||Brody Hall||2020−|
|Luke Posner||Max Parker|
Patrick Cedric "Paddy" Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Dominic Brunt. He has been married four times: to Mandy Dingle in 1999, to Emily Dingle in 2002, to Rhona Goskirk in 2012 and to Chas Dingle in 2020. He has also had several affairs since arriving, notably with Viv Hope and Tess Harris. His other storylines in the series have included discovering his biological father and dealing with the loss of his child.
Belle Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Eden Taylor-Draper. Belle made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 25 December 1998, and was originally played by twins Emily and James Mather, with the latter leaving the role in 2005. Belle has featured in various storylines throughout her time on the soap, such as falling down a mineshaft, killing her best friend Gemma Andrews, having an affair with doctor Jermaine Bailey, faking a pregnancy to prevent Jermaine from leaving after their affair is revealed, being diagnosed with schizophrenia, a relationship with Lachlan White which ends after discovering he is a serial killer and suffering mental health relapses.
Mandy Dingle is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Lisa Riley. She made her first appearance during the episode broadcast on 20 July 1995 and departed on 28 September 2000. She returned briefly on 16 November 2001 and departed on 26 November 2001. Riley agreed to reprise the role in late 2018 for a brief stint, and made her on-screen return on 4 January 2019, however she departed once again on 8 January. On 10 July 2019, it was announced that Riley would be returning once again on a permanent basis, and Mandy reappeared from 12 September 2019.
Gabby Thomas is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale. She made her first appearance on 25 December 2001. She was played by both Annelise Manojlovic from birth in 2001 until 2015. The role was recast in 2016 to Rosie Bentham. Bentham took a break from the series in 2017 and was off-screen between 17 April and 22 September.
Jennifer Joanne Metcalfe is an English actress. She is best known for her role of Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, which she has appeared in since 2006. Her portrayal of the character has led to her reprising the role in the programme's spin-off series Hollyoaks Later between 2008 and 2020. She appeared as a contestant in the sixth series of Dancing on Ice in 2011, where she finished in tenth place.
Daniel Benedict Miller is an English actor. He is known for portraying the role of Aaron Dingle in the long-running ITV soap opera Emmerdale, for which he has won the British Soap Award for Best Actor in 2011, 2012 and 2016.
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Lucy Fallon is an English actress. She played Bethany Platt in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street (2015–2020). The role has earned her widespread recognition and several accolades, including two British Soap Awards, an Inside Soap Award, and a National Television Award.
Bhavna Jayanty Limbachia is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Alia Khan in Citizen Khan and Rana Habeeb in Coronation Street.
Kate Oates is a British television producer, who was born in Nottingham and graduated from Warwick University. She began her career working as a researcher and editorial assistant for Germaine Greer, before becoming a script editor for the soap opera Crossroads. In 2003, she joined the radio soap The Archers as a producer, a position which Oates credits as the majority of her training. After resigning from this job, Oates began working on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale as a script editor, during which time she assisted with the soap's fortieth anniversary celebrations and worked on British Soap Award-winning storylines. She remained in the position until 2012 when she joined Coronation Street as the assistant producer.
Leanna Cavanagh is a fictional character from the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, played by Mimi Slinger. Leanna is introduced as the troublesome daughter of Liam Cavanagh when producers made the decision to explore Liam's character. Since making her first appearance on 6 March 2018, her storylines in the soap have included her numerous rivalries with her father's partners, her friendship and eventual rivalry with Gabby Thomas, and her on-off relationship with Jacob Gallagher.
Liv Flaherty is a fictional character from the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, played by Isobel Steele. The character made her first on-screen appearance on 25 February 2016. Liv was introduced as part of her half-brother Aaron Livesy's sex abuse storyline, which would see her realise that her father is a sex offender. Liv is initially characterised as a troublemaker, but her depth is explored following the decision to move in with Aaron. Steele has noted that similar aspects of her character are similar to herself, and appreciates that Emmerdale wrote her as a teenage with authority since she felt that this is rarely seen on television. Liv became the first asexual character to be featured in a soap opera, and Steele has been praised by viewers and critics for her role in the storyline. Asexual people felt that the character was an accurate portrayal of themselves, and Steele has expressed her gratitude at being able to represent them on-screen.
In Emmerdale, character Debbie already has two children Sarah (Katie Hill) and Jack Sugden (Seth Ball)