Emmerdale is a British soap opera first broadcast on 16 October 1972. The following is a list of characters that first appeared during 1995, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by the series producer Mervyn Watson. Emma Nightingale and Nellie Dingle were introduced in January. Terry Woods and Sam Dingle made their debuts in February. Daniel Weir arrived in May, while June saw the birth of Joe Tate. Mandy Dingle began appearing from July, and Albert Dingle made his debut in December.
Emma Nightingale, portrayed by Rachel Ambler, made her first appearance on 19 January 1995. She is introduced as a love interest for Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell), who she later dates. Emma and Zoe share the soap opera's first lesbian kiss and have their relationship blessed over a year after her arrival. Ambler left the soap in 1996 and reprised the role in 2004. Emma returns to the village where she surprises Zoe with flowers. She departed several weeks later.
|Portrayed by|| Sandra Gough (1995)|
Maggie Tagney (2000)
|First appearance||24 January 1995|
|Last appearance||11 May 2000|
|Introduced by||Mervyn Watson|
Nellie Dingle, portrayed by Sandra Gough in 1995 and Maggie Tagney in 2000, makes her first appearance on 24 January 1995. Nellie is the first wife of Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell) and the mother of their five children, Nathan Dingle, Ben Dingle (Steve Fury), Butch Dingle (Paul Loughran), Sam Dingle (James Hooton), and Tina Dingle (Jacqueline Pirie).
Nellie arrived in the village following the arrival of her family months previously. She left the village to care for her ill father in Ireland, and did not return. Nellie and Zak divorce in 1997 so that he can marry Lisa Clegg (Jane Cox). Nellie returns five years after her departure and attempts to woo back Zak. When Butch dies following a bus crash, Nellie is devastated and after his funeral, she returns to Ireland.
Terry Woods, played by Billy Hartman, made his first appearance on 2 February 1995.
Sam Dingle, played by James Hooton, made his first appearance on 14 February 1995.
|Portrayed by||Matthew Marsden|
|First appearance||25 May 1995|
|Last appearance||5 October 1995|
|Introduced by||Mervyn Watson|
Daniel "Danny" Weir, played by Matthew Marsden, made his first appearance on 25 May 1995. Marsden auditioned for the role a week after signing with an agent, and it marked his acting break. He played the role for three months before producers decided to write the character out.Marsden commented, "Looking back, that was probably a good thing. I don't think I could have moved to Coronation Street if my Emmerdale role had been any more high profile than that – and he wasn't that likeable a character for the viewers in the first place." Ian Hyland of the Sunday Mirror dubbed Danny a "toffee-nosed rich kid".
Daniel has a relationship with Linda Glover (Tonicha Jeronimo), which their mothers' disapprove of. Linda breaks up with Daniel after learning that he has had an affair and is engaged to Libbis Foster-Cuthbert (Beatrice Aidin) and soon realises that she is pregnant. In retaliation, Linda's father, Ned (Johnny Leeze) storms the Weir mansion and attacks Danny and attempts to drown him in the swimming pool. Linda's brother, Dave (Ian Kelsey) arrives in time to stop Ned but after Danny's mother Vanessa (Fleur Chandler) insults Linda, Ned and Dave throw her into the pool, too. Linda loses the baby after ingesting some drugs she took from the veterinary surgery.
|Portrayed by||Oliver Young (1995–2005) |
Ned Porteous (2017–2018)
|First appearance||Episode 1980 |
13 June 1995
|Last appearance||Episode 8283 |
11 October 2018
|Introduced by||Mervyn Watson (1995) |
Iain MacLeod (2017)
|Other names||Tom Waterhouse|
Joseph Mark "Joe" Tate (alias Tom Waterhouse), originally portrayed by Oliver Young, was born on 8 June 1995 and made his first appearance in the following episode. He is the son of Chris Tate (Peter Amory) and Rachel Hughes (Glenda McKay). He continued to appear on a recurring basis until 22 September 2005, when the character departed. On 13 September 2017, Ned Porteous joined the cast as businessman Tom Waterhouse, who was later revealed to be Joseph on 4 January 2018. Joe was seemingly killed off on 11 October 2018 but on 18 March 2019 he was revealed to be alive and living abroad.
Joseph is born prematurely to parents Chris and Rachel, and named after Rachel's former stepfather Joe Sugden (Frazer Hines) and Rachel's brother Mark Hughes (Craig McKay). Since Chris and his dad Frank Tate (Norman Bowler) are away in a meeting when Rachel goes into labour, Chris's former wife Kathy Tate (Malandra Burrows) helps Rachel and becomes Joseph's godmother. When Chris and Rachel divorce, Rachel obtains custody of Joseph. The following year, Rachel begins a relationship with Graham Clark (Kevin Pallister), who later murders her by pushing her off a cliff. Joseph begins living with Chris, although when Chris marries Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins), Joseph opts to attend boarding school. Two years later, Chris commits suicide, framing Charity for his murder and leaving Joseph an orphan. Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell), Chris' sister, obtains custody of Joseph and in 2005, they leave the village with Zoe's daughter, Jean Tate (Megan Pearson).
Joseph continues to attend boarding school in England where he becomes friends with groundskeeper Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) and saves him from a fire. At the age of 15 Joseph locks his headmaster in a cupboard as a prank and Zoe makes Graham Joseph's guardian to prevent him being expelled. On leaving school Joseph starts his own business with Graham as his associate.
Twelve years after leaving the village, Joseph returns to Emmerdale, using the alias Tom Waterhouse. He meets Debbie Dingle about leasing a Bentley. Tom and Debbie later kiss and sleep together, he then buys her a Bentley and a house, Jacob's Fold. They begin a relationship. Debbie soon discovers that Tom has invested in a golf course that is to be built on the land that the Dingles' cottage, Wishing Well, is built on. Joseph reveals his true identity, takes back the Bentley, evicts Debbie and her children, Sarah and Jack Sugden, out of Jacob's Fold and ends his relationship with Debbie, telling her that she was collateral damage in his pursuit of seeking revenge on her mother, Charity, for driving his father, Chris, to suicide. Joseph buys his childhood home, Home Farm, from the Whites and later moves into it. He makes up with Debbie and starts a relationship with his brother Noah Dingle.
On 13 September 2017, it was announced that Porteous had been cast as Tom Waterhouse, a love interest for Debbie. Tom is billed as a "wealthy businessman", while Porteous described the character as "very cool and fun", the actor admitted he found his casting enjoyable but intimidating.On 4 January 2018, Tom was revealed to be Joseph Tate in a surprise on-screen twist which revealed that Joseph had returned to take revenge on Charity, blaming her for his father, Chris' death.
On 11 October 2018, Joe is seemingly killed after a single punch by Debbie's father, Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley). However, when Graham puts Joe in the boot of his car, Joe's hand twitches. Graham is then seen emotionally breaking down at the wheel of his car. Graham later confirms to his step-grandmother Kim Tate (Claire King) that Joe has been taken care of, and Joe was assumed to be dead. However, on 18 March 2019 Joe was revealed to be alive and living abroad, in Monte Carlo, living off money from Kim's business.
Joe's supposed death came in fourth place in the "Biggest OMG Soap moment" category and in sixth place in the "Most devastating Soap Death" category at the 2018 Digital Spy Reader Awards.
Mandy Dingle, played by Lisa Riley, made her first appearance on 20 July 1995. Mandy arrives in the village for her cousin Tina Dingle's (Jacqueline Pirie) wedding to Luke McAllister (Noah Huntley). The character was popular with viewers, so producers invited Riley to return as a full-time cast member the following year.
Albert Dingle, played by Bobby Knutt, made his first appearance on 21 December 1995.Knutt left the role in 1997 to continue his career as a stand-up comedian. He made a brief reappearance in 2004.
Zoe Tate is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Leah Bracknell. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 12 December 1989. Zoe was involved in many major storylines during her time on the soap, including the deaths of her father Frank and brother Chris, the betrayal and departure of her stepmother Kim, coming out as gay and a battle with schizophrenia. Zoe became the first lesbian character in a British soap opera when she came out in 1993. She departed on 22 September 2005.
Cain Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Jeff Hordley. Cain made his first appearance on 30 March 2000, and in 2006, he was written out of the series when Hordley left the soap; however, the option for a return was confirmed, which occurred when Hordley returned to the cast in February 2009. Cain's main storylines have focused on discovering his "uncle" Zak Dingle is his father; his relationship with his cousin Charity Dingle ; discovering he is Debbie's father; his affair and subsequent relationship with Moira Barton ; being attacked in a whodunit storyline where his assailant was eventually revealed to be his father; being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm; supporting his nephew Aaron Livesy after discovering Aaron was sexually abused by his father Gordon Livesy as a child; reuniting with his and Chas's mother Faith Dingle ; his relationship with local vicar Harriet Finch ; building up a relationship with his children; and being blackmailed by DI Malone to do drug runs for him.
Christopher Francis "Chris" Tate is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Peter Amory. The character made his first appearance on 14 November 1989, when he arrived in the village alongside the rest of the Tate family – his father Frank ; stepmother Kim ; and younger sister Zoe.
Deborah “Debbie” Dingle is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Charley Webb. Webb has taken maternity leave three times, with the first time being in 2010 before returning in 2011, and the second throughout 2016 with Debbie departing on 1 January 2016. She returned on 24 January 2017 and then went on maternity leave for a third time in 2019 as Debbie left for Scotland on 13 August 2019. She returned on 25 December 2020.
Charity Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Emma Atkins. Suranne Jones originally auditioned for the role of Charity, before Atkins was cast. The actress began filming her first scenes in February 2000, and she made her first screen appearance as Charity during the episode broadcast on 30 March 2000. Actress Mica Proctor played a young Charity in a flashback episode about the character's past, which aired on 29 May 2018.
Albert Ezekiel Dingle is a fictional character from the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, played by Bobby Knutt. He made his first appearance on 21 December 1995.
Steve Marchant is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Paul Opacic. He made his first on-screen appearance on 26 March 1996. Opacic originally auditioned for the role of Sean Rossi, before he was cast as Steve for an initial six-episode stint, and was introduced as a former university friend of Rachel Hughes. Series producer Kieran Roberts decided to write the character out in 1998, and Opacic made his final appearance on 20 January 1999. Later that year, Steve was named one of "The 30 greatest Emmerdale residents" by Inside Soap.
Kim Tate is a fictional character from the British 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 brief stint from 8 to 12 October 2018, before returning permanently on 14 March 2019.
Rachel Hughes is a fictional character from the British television soap opera Emmerdale, portrayed by Glenda McKay. She made her first appearance during the episode broadcast on 7 September 1988 and departed following the character's death on 12 May 1999.
The ITV soap opera Emmerdale has featured numerous major storylines since it began in 1972. A viewer poll conducted in January 2021 found that the top three storylines/episodes voted by viewers were the Emmerdale plane crash of 1993, the Storm of 2003 that occurred on around the 10th anniversary of the plane crash, and the Hotten Bypass Crash in 2016.
Ross Barton is a fictional character from the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, portrayed by Michael Parr. He made his first appearance in episode 6600 of the soap, broadcast on 9 July 2013. Ross first appears as the carjacker of Laurel Thomas, before being revealed to be the nephew of Moira Barton. The character is initially characterised as a bad boy and a "nasty piece of work". The softer side of Ross' personality is explored when he enters a secret relationship with police officer Donna Windsor, who has terminal cancer. When Donna dies, Ross bonds with her daughter April Windsor.
Ned Porteous is a British actor. He is known for playing the recurring role of Mark Fowler in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and the role of Joe Tate in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale.