The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 2000, by order of first appearance.
|Portrayed by||Tim Vincent|
|First appearance||21 March 2000|
|Last appearance||16 January 2001|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts|
Adam Forrester, played by Tim Vincent, made his first appearance on 21 March 2000.Vincent said he was "really excited" when he was approached to play the role. Adam marked his first major acting role since he appeared in Dangerfield in 1997. Vincent was initially contracted until November 2000, and he commuted between his home in London and the studios in Leeds.
The character was introduced during the aftermath of a bus crash, where he earned the respect of the villagers by helping the injured.Adam moves to the village to work at the local veterinary practice. Vincent told Rachel Corcoran of All About Soap that his character has "very good intentions" upon his arrival. He is "confident" and has many new ideas about how to run the practice. However, Adam's approach annoys his new boss Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt). Vincent said, "Adam is genuinely a nice guy and everyone likes him, But Paddy's constantly telling him how things are run at the surgery while Adam says 'No, this is the way I'll do it' before doing it his way. And it seems to work, much to Paddy's annoyance."
Vincent explained that Adam does not realise he is annoying Paddy, and he is not being deliberately nasty to him, but Paddy worries that their clients will think Adam is the better vet.Paddy is also put out because Adam took all the glory during the crash, while he could not help out because he had a broken wrist. Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) is also not happy with Adam when he dates Tricia Stokes (Sheree Murphy), who he has feelings for. Vincent added that Adam is unaware of what he is doing to Paddy and Marlon, and he has no idea that they are waiting for him to fall.
|Portrayed by||Janice McKenzie|
|First appearance||30 May 2000|
|Last appearance||6 February 2004|
Gloria Weaver (previously Pollard) is the fourth wife of Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell). She was portrayed by veteran actress Janice McKenzie and appeared on a recurring basis between 2000 and 2004.
|Portrayed by||Gary Turner|
|First appearance||9 March 2000|
|Last appearance||17 May 2004|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts (2000)|
Steve Frost (2004)
Carlos Diaz, portrayed by Gary Turner, made his first appearance on 9 March 2000. Turner departed the series in 2001, but reprised the role for a guest stint in 2004.
Carlos arrives in the village as a chef and later begins a relationship with Nicola Blackstock (Nicola Wheeler). Carlos begins an affair with Nicola's half-sister, Bernice Thomas (Samantha Giles). Carlos proposes to Nicola when he thinks she is pregnant and she accepts. Bernice understands that Carlos is only in a relationship with Nicola because she is pregnant, but when she learns that this is not true, she is horrified and insists that Nicola tell Carlos. Angry at Nicola's lies, Carlos tells her about his relationship with Bernice and that she could be expecting his baby at their wedding. Nicola reacts badly and attacks Carlos with her bouquet, before telling the congregation about the affair, stunning her father Rodney Blackstock (Patrick Mower) and Bernice's husband, Ashley Thomas (John Middleton). The wedding is cancelled and Carlos leaves the village after learning that Ashley is the father of Bernice's child. Three years later, Carlos returns to the village, to Nicola's shock. He learns that Bernice has left the village and despite initially deciding to stay, he changes his mind and leaves again.
|Bishop George Postlethwaite|
|Portrayed by||Peter Cartwright|
|First appearance||7 September 2000|
|Last appearance||29 January 2010|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts (2000)|
Steve Frost (2003, 2004)
Kathleen Beedles (2007)
George Postlethwaite, Bishop of Skipdale is the local bishop and Ashley Thomas' (John Middleton) boss. He has appeared from 2000 to 2010 and was often known as Bishop George.
When Ashley decides he wants to marry Laurel Potts (Charlotte Bellamy), George is against the marriage as he believes that Ashley is rushing into things. Ashley announced his resignation from the priesthood - so he could marry - to the shock of the Bishop. Ashley later withdraws his resignation, causing George to once again say that Ashley is quick to make decisions. Eventually, the Bishop gives his approval and marries the couple in November 2005. Among the ceremonies he has conducted include the marriage of Tom King (Kenneth Farrington) and Rosemary Sinclair (Linda Thorson) on Christmas Day 2006 when Ashley's been wrongfully punched by Terry Woods and the baptism of the Hope twins in May 2007. He also appears to judge village competitions.
When the death of his housekeeper leaves George lonely, Laurel tries to matchmake him with Emily Kirk (Kate McGregor), despite the age gap between the two. While Emily and George spend more time with each other, he is persuading her to become a priest. In October 2008, Bishop George announces that Emmerdale's village church, St. Mary's, is to close due to low attendance at services. The congregation, organised by Nicola De Souza (Nicola Wheeler), start a village choir and enter a competition, where they win an effort award. However, the church is still to be sold to Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell) and the last service will be on Christmas Day 2008. However, on Christmas Day, Nicola organises a sit-in at the Church and invites all the press including Calendar . This causes Eric to pull out of buying the site, and the Bishop tells Ashley the following day that he may continue services in the church until a new buyer is found. He returns in January to tell the Thomas' that the church has been bought and they must be prepared to leave. However, the following day the church's new owners, Mark (Maxwell Caulfield) and Natasha Wylde (Amanda Donohoe), give the church back to the community and Ashley keeps his job. In February 2009, he visits the village when Ashley and Laurel have to tell him that Jasmine Thomas (Jenna-Louise Coleman) has run away after murdering someone while Laurel is being charged with perverting the course of justice. He appears frequently appears during Sally Spode's (Siân Reeves) time in the village. Her husband was a vicar who he thought was abusing her so sent him to a health retreat. In 2010, he realises that it is Sally who is ruining the Thomas family's lives and apologises.
|Portrayed by||Mike Kelly|
|Appears on||26 September 2000|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts|
Caleb Dingle is the father of Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) and the brother of Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell). He appeared in 2000 to reunite with his daughter.
Married firstly to Vera-Lynn, with whom he had Mandy, he remarried secondly and gained four stepsons.
|Portrayed by||Helen Pearson|
|First appearance||17 November 2000|
|Last appearance||13 July 2001|
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts|
Carol Wareing, played by Helen Pearson, made her first appearance on 17 November 2000. Pearson departed the series in 2001.
Carol arrives as an old friend of Viv Windsor.
She and Cynthia Daggert came to blows in The Woolpack. She leaves the village after her husband Gordon arrives.
|Portrayed by||Gillian Jephcott (2000–2004)|
Sally Dexter (2017–)
Fleur Keith (flashback, 2017)
|Duration||2000, 2004, 2017–2019, 2021–|
|First appearance||Episode 2798 |
30 November 2000
|Introduced by||Kieran Roberts (2000)|
Steve Frost (2004)
Iain MacLeod (2017)
Kate Brooks and Laura Shaw (2021)
Faith Dingle is the ex-wife of Shadrach Dingle (Andy Devine). She appeared in 2000 and 2004 played by Gillian Jephcott. In March 2016, it was announced that she would be returning, she made her return on 6 February 2017 this time played by Sally Dexter, however, she was credited for the first couple of episodes simply as Woman in Barn, as her identity was kept a secret. On 7 October 2019, it was announced that Dexter will be leaving the soap.Her final scenes aired in the episode broadcast on 25 October 2019; however, in 2021, it was announced that Dexter would be reprising her role as Faith and Faith returned on 25 February 2021.
The ex-wife of Shadrach, Faith is the mother of Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Chas (Lucy Pargeter), grandmother of Aaron (Danny Miller), Kyle (Huey Quinn) and Debbie (Charley Webb) and great-grandmother of Sarah (Katie Hill) and Jack (Seth Ball). She had an affair with Shadrach's brother Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell), who is Cain's father. First appearing in 2000, Faith returns to Emmerdale in October 2004 for celebrations to mark Zak and his family's 10th anniversary in the village. She tries to get to know her granddaughter, Debbie, but Cain does not let her. Faith and Shadrach's marriage was not a happy one, including many affairs and violence on both sides. Faith left her family when her children were young and did not see them again until they were in their twenties.
In February 2017, Faith is found hiding in the barn at Wishing Well Cottage and meets her great-granddaughter, Sarah, who has no idea who she is. She asks Sarah to keep her presence secret and to supply her with things. When Debbie becomes suspicious of Sarah's behaviour, Sarah takes her to meet Faith, only to find Faith has gone. At the B&B, Faith collapses in the bathroom and is found by Doug Potts (Duncan Preston), who calls an ambulance. When Faith is taken outside, she sees Cain and Chas, who are not pleased to see her. While in hospital it emerges that she is Sarah's benefactor, having made herself penniless by donating £20,000 for Sarah's cancer treatment. Faith is horrified when she discovers that Aaron was raped by his father when he was young and told him that he did the right thing to change his name to Dingle. At Aaron's wedding to Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley), a woman arrives with the police and tells them that Faith murdered her father.
Faith later hosts a psychic night at The Woolpack, panicking Emma Barton (Gillian Kearney) who killed her husband James (Bill Ward) the previous year. Faith makes out as though she knows this after overhearing Emma confessing in church, however Emma realises that Faith cannot know the truth when Faith believes that James committed suicide. After an emotional heart-to-heart with Chas, Faith rejects a hug from her, leaving Chas furious and heartbroken. It is later revealed that Faith has had a double mastectomy after battling breast cancer. In October 2018, it is revealed that Faith was the one to push Kim Tate (Claire King) down the stairs and into a Champagne Fountain after Kim bad mouthed the whole Dingle Clan. Faith was one of three suspects but was later confirmed to be the culprit after Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) confronted her after she accused her son Noah Tate (Jack Downham) of committing the crime.
Laura-Jayne Tyler of Inside Soap praised Faith's reintroduction, describing Faith as "a wonderfully wicked addition" and "fun, frivolours and feisty". She added, "we're under no illusion that she can also be an evil cow when she wants to be! Bring on the episode where we get the nitty-gritty on why her kids hate her so much..." 's Rob Mallard, who portrays Daniel Osbourne.In August 2017, Dexter was longlisted for "Best Newcomer" and "Funniest Female" at the Inside Soap Awards. Both nominations made the shortlist. Dexter did not win any awards. She was also nominated for the "Best Newcomer" accolade at The British Soap Awards 2017, however, she lost out to Coronation Street
Emily Kirk is a fictional character from the British television soap opera Emmerdale, played by Kate McGregor. She made her first appearance in the episode broadcast on 5 May 1999. Initially portrayed as nervous and naive, Emily lived a sheltered life with her father and lacks social skills, until she takes a job at the local post office. Writers established a relationship between Emily and Butch Dingle. McGregor thought the characters brought out the best in each other.
Ashley Thomas is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by John Middleton. He made his first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 5 December 1996. It was announced on 22 October 2015 that Middleton would be departing as Ashley at the end of his contract after the character was diagnosed with vascular dementia in the episode aired on that day. The contract was later extended in order for the storyline to be extended. It was revealed that Ashley would be killed off at the end of the storyline. Middleton filmed his final scenes in March 2017 after his contract ended, and Ashley died on-screen on 7 April 2017, ending his 21 years on Emmerdale. Ashley appeared in further episodes in home movie scenes, making his final appearance on 13 February 2018.
Laurel Thomas is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Charlotte Bellamy. She debuted on screen during the episode airing on 3 September 2002. Laurel has been off-screen at various times while Bellamy has taken maternity leave. Laurel is perhaps best known for her thoughtful and caring attitude towards other characters, however, this changed dramatically in 2015 when she developed an addiction to alcohol, which often caused her to become violent and aggressive towards other characters.
Edna Birch is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Shirley Stelfox. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 25 May 2000. Edna had been living in the village for many years prior to her first appearance on screen. She may have a vicious temper, but Edna has a good heart, which is demonstrated by her devotion to her friends and her beloved dogs. Edna is also known for her hats, which have been known to reflect her personality. She is rarely seen without a hat. Edna died off-screen on 3 May 2016 after it was reported in December 2015 that Stelfox had died.
Chastity "Chas" Dingle is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Lucy Pargeter. She made her first appearance during the episode broadcast on 16 October 2002. Chas returned on 21 September 2003. Chas was absent for six months in 2005, when Pargeter took maternity leave. She left temporarily on 5 June 2005, and returned full-time from 13 December 2005. In 2013, Pargeter announced that she would be taking a short break from the show in order to appear in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. Pargeter was briefly recast for one episode on 20 December 2016 to provide an alternative physical appearance to the character through the eyes of dementia patient Ashley Thomas. Chas departed temporarily once again on 31 March 2017 when Pargeter took a second maternity leave. Pargeter confirmed her return to filming on 31 August 2017. Chas returned on 25 October 2017.
Shadrach Dingle is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale. Played by Andy Devine, the character first appeared on-screen during the episode airing on 30 March 2000. Since early 2010 the character appeared from time to time on an episodic basis after Devine felt he could not keep up with the busy schedule. The character, who had alcohol-induced liver disease, was killed off on 23 July 2010 after collapsing into a river and drowning whilst attempting to retrieve some beer cans. He was written out of the show due to the actor's retirement at age 68. Shadrach made an unannounced return in a flashback to Cain's childhood on 17 November 2017.
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.
Sandy Thomas is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale, played by Freddie Jones. Sandy was introduced as the father of Ashley Thomas. He made his first appearance during the episode broadcast on 6 November 2005. The character departed for a while in March 2008, but returned to the show in February 2009. On 6 February 2018 it was confirmed that Jones had filmed his final episode and he made his final appearance as Sandy on 19 February 2018.
Bernice Blackstock is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Samantha Giles. She made her first on screen appearance on 25 November 1998. In September 2012, it was announced Giles had reprised her role and Bernice returned on 20 November 2012 after over eight years away from the programme. On 20 September 2019, Giles announced her departure from the series, with her final scenes aired on 28 November 2019.
Nicola King is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale. She has been played by Nicola Wheeler since she joined the soap in 2001. Wheeler quit her role in January 2006, with her on-screen departure airing in March. In July 2007, it was announced that Wheeler chose to return to the soap eighteen months later and made her return in September 2007. She also took maternity leave throughout 2015, and Nicola departed temporarily on 26 March 2015 to go to Dubai to work there for six months. She made a brief appearance on 7 May 2015 via webcam, and then made her full-time return on 11 November 2015, when she was kicked out of Dubai for an incident that happened to her there.
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.
The Woolpack is a fictional public house on the popular ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Its sign is a wool bale, a popular symbol in sheep-rearing country. It has played host to many of the soap's storylines and is the focus of the programme.
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.
Genesis "Gennie" Walker is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Emmerdale, played by Sian Reese-Williams. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 1 April 2008. Reese-Williams announced her departure from the show on 12 May 2013 and she made her last appearance as Gennie on 26 July 2013.