Mack Moira and Cain in Emmerdale cast updated photo

Emmerdale celebrates 50 years with dramatic cast shake-up and iconic returns

From Emma Atkins to Michelle Hardwick and Jeff Hordley

The cast of Emmerdale 2022 have celebrated their 50th year on screen by killing off several cast members!

Who remains in the current cast of Emmerdale?

There’s no serial killer on the loose – at the moment – but this is Emmerdale and it surely won’t stay killer-free for long!

So just who is in the cast of Emmerdale 2022?

Who is in the cast of Emmerdale 2022?

Let’s find out…

Unforgettable characters will forever be arriving and departing the village.

But here’s the complete list of Emmerdale 2022 characters.

Kim Tate (Claire King)

The legend that is Kim Tate is a village icon (Credit: ITV)

One of soap’s biggest icons, Kim Tate, played by Claire King returned to the village in 2018, nearly 20 years after her first departure in October 1999.

Regarded as one of the biggest bitches in Soapland, Kim pretty much rules Emmerdale!

She has, however, endured much loss.

She recently discovered her son, Jamie, who she thought to be dead, is actually alive. Not only that he’s also turned out to be a violent criminal.

Kim recently married Will Taylor, but tragedy struck on their wedding day when a storm hit the village. It resulted in the death of Will’s ex, Harriet, who had tried to stop the nuptials going ahead.

Kim was with her when she died, leaving Will angry with his new wife.

Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell)

Zak dingle standing outside on Emmerdale
Emmerdale fans adore Zak Dingle (Credit: ITV)

Nearly 25 years after his debut, Zak Dingle, played by Steve Halliwell, is part of the Emmerdale furniture.

The head of the Dingle clan, Zak was left heartbroken by the death of his wife, Lisa.

Struggling with his grief, in September 2019, he left the village to spend time with his daughter Debbie in Scotland.

But he delighted fans by returning in March 2020.

He’s not often on screen, but is always a breath of fresh air when he is.

Moira Dingle (Natalie J Robb)

Moira Dingle is stern as she issues an ultimatum
Murder, affairs, standing her ground – Moira has proved herself a true Dingle (Credit: ITV)

Previously Moira Barton, the farmer, played by Natalie J Robb arrived alongside husband John and kids Adam, Holly and Hannah in 2009 to run the family farm.

An affair with Cain Dingle and the death of John saw Moira left completely alone. She eventually married Cain.

The death of her daughter, Holly, to a drug overdose nearly destroyed Moira, but she managed to make it through.

She nearly lost everything again when she murdered Emma Barton, but son Adam took the blame and went on the run.

In 2019, she started to feel neglected by Cain and had an affair with Nate – unaware that Nate was Cain’s secret son.

The couple have since reunited and she is now the voice of reason to caveman Cain.

Moira had a special relationship with mother-in-law Faith Dingle, and was her confidante after Faith’s cancer returned.

The fact Moira knew Faith was planning to take her own life caused trouble between her and Cain, but he has since forgiven her and she has been supporting him through his toughest time yet.

But is worse to come for the couple?

Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley)

Emmerdale Cain Dingle (Credit: ITV)
Emmerdale bad boy Cain is sometimes good (Credit: ITV)

Dingle bad boy Cain, played by Jeff Hordley, might have matured over the years, but he’s still got that edge that we know and love him for.

A dad of four, the apple of his eye is undoubtedly daughter Debbie for whom he would do anything – even ‘killing’ her ex-fiancé Joe Tate after he jilted her at the altar.

Debbie couldn’t forgive him for that and it sent Cain spiralling – until he discovered Joe is alive and well and he never really killed him.

Voted Entertainment Daily readers’ favourite ever Emmerdale character for the 50th anniversary, recent scenes of Faith’s heartbreaking death have made it easy to see why.

Cain was by his mother’s side as she died after taking her own life following a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Despite supporting his family through it all, he has been left furious by the discovery his sister Chas has been sleeping with Al Chapman.

After luring Al to a barn, the pair had the ultimate showdown, that resulted in a gunshot going off. Is Cain dead? Or has he become a murderer?

Vinny tries to appease Mandy by making her guest of honour
The return of Mandy Dingle was much welcomed (Credit: ITV)

Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley)

This Emmerdale legend is the daughter of Caleb and Vera-Lynn Dingle.

Mandy, played by Lisa Riley, caused controversy by marrying her cousin Butch Dingle back in 1998.

When the relationship fell apart, she exchanged vows with Paddy Kirk.

Sadly, that marriage didn’t work out either and she left the Dales two years later.

However, Mandy returned in 2019 – some 20 years later – with stepson Vinny by her side.

After the death of fiancé Paul she learnt he had been beating Vinny. Mandy found herself drawn to Jimmy King, but he went back to his wife.

She’s now the proud owner of the salon, which she has named PampaManda.

Mandy was left heartbroken earlier this year when she found out Vinny had married Liv Flaherty behind her back.

But now she is stepping up to support her son after the tragic death of his wife during the Emmerdale 50th anniversary storm.

Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson)

Vinny Dingle Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Bradley Johnson as Vinny Dingle in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Vinny, played by Bradley Johnson, was just nine-months-old when he first met Mandy.

She was on her first date with his father at the time but the pair bonded straight away.

Years later, his dad Paul Ashdale walked out on him and Mandy – but Mandy saw him as her own and raised him before she took him back to Emmerdale village.

When Paul reappeared in his life, he began abusing Vinny.

Vinny managed to get through that ordeal – and also survive Meena Jutla’s terrifying murder attempt.

He married Liv Flaherty when the pair eloped earlier this year. However, their marriage has ended in heartbreak after Liv’s tragic death.

Vinny has been left completely bereft – how will he get through this?

Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter)

Emmerdale Faith
The iconic Faith Dingle has died (Credit: ITV)

Faith is the mother of Chas Dingle and Cain Dingle – although she abandoned them with their alcoholic father Shadrach when they were young.

They have struggled to forgive Faith, but when she came back into their lives, they managed to forge a relationship.

However, this summer, Faith was tragically diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and it was terminal.

She was given months to live and as her condition started to deteriorate, she decided to take control.

Faith took her own life in heartbreaking scenes aired last month.

Her funeral broke everyone all over again as Faith reappeared, seen to be writing her own eulogy.

Sally Dexter has hinted at a Christmas return for Faith as a ghost, so could we be seeing her one more time?

Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell)

Eric Pollard Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Emmerdale legend Eric Pollard has been on the show for more than 30 years (Credit: ITV)

The longest-serving character currently in the show, Eric Pollard, played by Chris Chittell, has been on our screens for almost 36 years since September 1986.

Known for being villainous, he’s toned down in recent years and was really softened by his marriage to the late Val Lambert (Charlie Hardwick). His grief when Val died has stayed with many a viewer since.

Currently in a relationship with Brenda, he’s father to David Metcalfe and step-grandad to Jacob Gallagher, as well as being a surrogate dad to Amy Wyatt.

He was also incredibly fond of Faith Dingle and gave the eulogy at her funeral.

Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins)

The longest-standing female character in Emmerdale is Victoria Sugden (Credit: ITV)

Another carrying the iconic Sugden name, Victoria, played by Isabel Hodgins is the current longest-serving female character.

The 28-year-old chef has been married once, to Adam Barton, fallen for her transgender brother-in-law Matty Barton and was at the centre of a horrifying rape storyline in 2019.

Her brother Robert Sugden is now in prison for killing her rapist.

She gave birth to rapist, Lee Posner’s, baby and started dating his brother, Luke.

Victoria was almost killed by serial killer Meena after she stole David Metcalfe from her.

David and Vic escaped to Portugal for a break from Meena’s madness and returned at the end of January.

Victoria bailed him out of his excessive debts and the pair seem solid. But David’s got a habit of destroying everything… Are they really a match made in heaven?

Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller)

He’s often seen crying on Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

If there’s one member of the Emmerdale cast who’s been through countless traumas it’s Aaron Dingle.

From discovering his sexuality and coming to terms with it with the help of surrogate dad, Paddy, to admitting his real dad, Gordon sexually abused him, Aaron has coped with a lot.

After one too many upsets – including the love of his life, Robert Sugden, being jailed for murder and losing his new boyfriend to serial killer Meena, Aaron departed the village in 2021.

However, he returned in October for the 50th anniversary celebrations – which saw him lose both his gran, Faith, and his sister Liv.

Understandably, Aaron has now left again.

His mum, Chas, practically forced him out of the village to keep her grubby little affair with Al a secret.

But will Aaron return? We’d be shocked if he didn’t before too long!

Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter)

Chas and Al Emmerdale
Chas’s affair has left fans feeling sick (Credit: ITV)

Arriving in Emmerdale in 2002 dressed as a nun for her cousin, Marlon’s stag night, Chas Dingle, played by Lucy Pargeter, has become one of the shows more enduring characters.

Her most turbulent relationship was with Carl King, however she’s now with Paddy Kirk, with whom she had baby Grace in 2018. Grace had bilateral renal agenesis and died in her mother’s arms moments after being born.

Chas and Paddy now have a second daughter, Eve.

The former landlady of the Woolpack lost the pub after Al Chapman burnt it down, but Chas’s cousin, Charity, bought it and reinstalled Chas back behind the bar.

Meanwhile, Chas was left reeling by her mum’s cancer diagnosis.

She channelled her emotions head first into an affair with arch-enemy Al Chapman, even missing Faith’s death to spend time in a hotel with him.

Chas has gone from hero to zero in a matter of weeks and now brother Cain knows about the affair…

Paddy Dingle (Dominic Brunt)

Paddy Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Fans are kept keen thanks to Paddy’s mix of comedy and drama (Credit: ITV)

He might be thought of as a comedy character, but boy can Paddy Dingle do drama too.

Played by Dominic Brunt, Paddy’s bumbling ways and bad luck make for amusing storylines, but his relationship with surrogate son Aaron Dingle, and the loss of his child, Gracie, with partner Chas put him right up there with any of the best for the most heartbreaking scenes.

He’s currently totally oblivious to his wife’s affair with Al.

But when he finds out, we’re sure to see his dramatic side once again.

Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards)

Paddy’s dad has a soft spot for Chas’s mum! (Credit: ITV)

Bear, played by Joshua Richards, is Paddy’s biological dad.

He joined the cast of Emmerdale in February 2019.

Bear was a wrestler on the circuit, but it turned out he was totally broke and pitched up in Emmerdale looking to bond with his son – and for a place to stay.

He was super-supportive to both Marlon following his stroke, and Faith following her cancer diagnosis.

Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry)

Emmerdale Rhona is annoyed when thrilled Mary says she's booked the wedding
Village vet and wife to Marlon, Rhona has come through some tough times (Credit: ITV)

Vet Rhona Goskirk, played by Zoe Henry, became a full-time regular in 2010. She has a son, Leo, with Marlon, was married to Paddy, and has battled a painkiller addiction.

She also married domestic abuser Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather), the widower of Tess Harris (Nicola Stephenson) who had an affair with Rhona’s husband Paddy. Pierce raped her and Rhona reported him to the police, ending their marriage.

Rhona began a relationship with Pete Barton in 2018, but things ended after she was forced to undergo a hysterectomy and entered an early menopause.

She got back together with ex Marlon Dingle, and things are tough after he suffered a stroke.

The pair are stronger than ever and married in a beautiful summer wedding.

David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden)

David Metcalfe looks concerned in Emmerdale
His shop is in trouble, but has Victoria done enough to bail David out? (Credit: ITV)

Dim David Metcalfe‘s had something of a personality transplant since he arrived in 2006.

The illegitimate son of Eric Pollard, played by Matthew Wolfenden, he first turned up to con his father out of everything and was a ruthless, mean businessman.

But he’s since softened and become hapless, naive and not-very-with-it, although he successfully highlighted the issue of testicular cancer in 2016.

He’s been in relationships with most of the women in the village (Nicola, Leyla, Priya, Tracy to name a few), and it was thought his relationship with Maya was his most disastrous when it was revealed she had been grooming and sleeping with his stepson, Jacob.

However, he’s gone one better: shacking up with a serial killer. Ex-girlfriend Meena murdered Leanna Cavanagh, Andrea Tate and Ben Tucker, and tried to kill David’s new love Victoria.

They escaped and are talking marriage.

But David recently began hiding his huge debts from her. When she found out, she offered to pay them off for him and sold the land her grandmother left her.

Will she regret it? Or will they live happily ever after?

Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper)

Emmerdale Belle Dingle looks worried as she talks to Nate in the cafe
Belle’s new business could take off (Credit: ITV)

With all that she’s been through in her 23 years in the Dales, it’s little wonder Belle, played by Eden Taylor-Draper, battles mental health demons.

She accidentally killed her best mate Gemma Andrews (Tendai Rinomhota) and ended up being sectioned.

After an ill-fated affair with local, much older, doctor Jermaine Bailey, Belle was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

She recovered in hospital and once released, she embarked on a relationship with Lachlan White – which ended in horror when she discovered he was a serial killer.

She’s since had an affair with married Jamie Tate, and been involved with Ellis Chapman.

Fed-up with her lot working in the B&B, Belle has embarked on a new career running wellness retreats with Al Chapman.

Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson)

Emmerdale Jai is hurt to see Laurel kissing Kit
How long can Jai and Laurel last this time? (Credit: ITV)

Reformed character Jai, played by Chris Bisson, has worked hard to turn his life around from abusive addict to kindhearted businessman.

He was horrible to all the women in his life, cheating on wife Charity with Rachel Breckle, then making Rachel’s life hell, before cheating on new wife Megan with Leyla.

After a cocaine addiction saw him lose everything, he started a relationship with fellow addict Holly, and was devastated when she died from an overdose.

He was in a relationship with Laurel Thomas and the pair faced heartbreak when they decided to abort their baby after discovering it had Down Syndrome.

When Jai faced a huge fine he couldn’t pay, he took out a loan in Laurel’s name behind her back and she found out and dumped him.

She eventually agreed to take him back, but just as they were about to go public, Laurel thought he was back on drugs.

They split again.

But reunited recently after he defended her to love-rat Kit.

Their announcement they were moving back in together did not go down well with their children, but can they finally find their happy-ever-after?

Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy)

Will Laurel finally get her happy ending with Jai? (Credit: ITV)

Known for being thoughtful and caring since her arrival in 2002, Laurel, played by Charlotte Bellamy, has been challenged by various storylines, including her alcohol addiction.

She was married to Ashley Thomas, who sadly passed away after a diagnosis of early onset dementia. They had two children together, Arthur and Dotty.

Laurel tried to move on with Bob Hope, Ashley’s best mate, but it wasn’t true love and she kicked him out.

She then moved on with Jai, but was heartbroken when she decided to abort their baby.

And she then dumped him after discovering his fraud. Their brief reunion was put on hold when she thought he was back on drugs.

She moved on with Kit – Marlon’s physio – but he two-timed her with her stepdaughter, Gabby.

After Jai punched Kit, Laurel found herself back in Jai’s arms, but will their kids ever accept their romance?

Archie Sharma (Kai Assi)

Archie Sharma cast of Emmerdale 2020
Kai Assi as Archie Sharma in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Young Archie, played by Kai Assi returned to Emmerdale in September 2019.

He had been living with his mother Rachel until she unexpectedly died from an undisclosed cardiac issue.

The little boy was then sent to live with his father Jai but the pair struggled to bond having not seen each other for several years.

Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton)

Kerry looking uneasy
Kerry is about to depart the Dales again (Credit: ITV)

Absent mother to Amy, Kerry, played by Laura Norton, arrived in 2012 to build bridges with her daughter.

An often comedy character, she has dated her fair share of guys in the Dales, including Andy Sugden and Dan Spencer.

After time away for Laura’s maternity leave, Kerry returned to the Dales in October 2021 with mysterious Chloe in tow.

Kerry was adamant she needed to watch out for the gangster’s daughter – and it’s recently been revealed it’s because Kerry is Chloe’s real mum!

With this bombshell exposed and Kerry’s fella Al Chapman in a life-or-death showdown with Cain Dingle. Kerry is right at the centre of the action again.

And Laura has just given birth to her second child so she’s set to be off screens again in the coming months.

But how will she leave this time?

Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock)

Marlon Dingle and Rhona Goskirk are thrilled at their engagement party
It’s been hard for Marlon as he battles back to health (Credit: ITV)

Four-times married Marlon, played by Mark Charnock, is not who you’d expect to be a hit with the ladies, but he certainly is.

From real love of his life Tricia Fisher (Sheree Murphy) to Donna Windsor (Verity Rushworth) Laurel Thomas, and Jessie Grant, as well as fathering a child with Rhona Goskirk and almost marrying Carly Hope, Marlon’s quite the ladies’ man.

Dad to Leo and April, Marlon tries to put family first and is probably one of the more moral Dingles.

He and Rhona reunited, but just as they got engaged after simultaneously proposing to each other, Marlon suffered a devastating stroke.

He is recovering well and has finally married Rhona.

However it’s a long process and he is feeling concerned about being a burden. But can Rhona reassure him?

Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade)

Emmerdale Dec 15 Priya is upset at her hospital appointment
It’s been a tough time for Priya (Credit: ITV)

Priya Sharma, played by Fiona Wade, was a fun-loving party girl when she first pitched up in 2009, but she’s since matured into businesswoman, mother and perhaps the most sensible of the Sharma clan.

She’s mum to daughter Amba after a relationship with David.

She’s battled anorexia, a failed marriage to deranged Rakesh Kotecha, and had an affair with her best friend Leyla’s fiancé, Pete.

After a relationship with Al Chapman, who cheated on her with Debbie Dingle, Priya has grown closer to Al’s son, Ellis.

When Priya got burned in the maize maze fire, she ended their relationship, and was distraught recently when Ellis left town.

As she battles to recover both mentally and physically from her burns, what does the future hold for Priya?

Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh)

Tracy Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Emmerdale’s Tracy hasn’t had the best luck (Credit: ITV)

Tracy, played by Amy Walsh, arrived in the Dales in 2014 trying to con Sam Dingle, but she soon found her place when Val and Eric took her under their wing.

She married David, but things fell apart when he discovered she used to work as a prostitute and then he had a one-night stand with Leyla.

Tracy fell pregnant with his child, but had an abortion when she discovered he’d moved on with Maya.

She’s now a struggling new mum after getting together with Nate Dingle and having his baby.

Actress Amy Walsh gave birth in real life at the beginning of this year, so Tracy is off screens at the moment.

She left the Dales for a new job opportunity in Nottingham, but returned briefly for Emmerdale’s 50th anniversary celebrations in October.

After sleeping with Nate, she decided to give things a go with him, but left again after discovering he was back with Naomi.

Frankie Robinson

Baby Frankie Robinson is the daughter of Tracy Metcalfe and Nate Robinson.

She was born on February 25, 2021.

Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant)

Emmerdale Noah is angry as he confronts Jacob over sleeping with Chloe
Jacob has had a troubled youth (Credit: ITV)

Schoolboy Jacob Gallagher, played by Joe-Warren Plant, has grown up in the Dales with his mum Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson), biological mum, Leyla, and stepmum Tracy, he’s got plenty of family around him.

But that didn’t stop him falling for teacher Maya’s charms, who groomed him into believing they were in a relationship.

Jacob came through it and got together with Leanna Cavanagh. However he was left distraught when she died – even more so when he realised Meena was responsible.

As Jacob struggled to deal with his anger over everything that’s happened, he turned to Chloe Harris for comfort.

He’s now hoping to go to medical school and pursue his dreams of becoming a doctor.

Wendy Posner (Susan Cookson)

Wendy Posner cast of Emmerdale 2020(Credit: ITV)
Emmerdale fans weren’t pleased to see Wendy Posner in town (Credit: ITV)

The mother of Victoria’s rapist Lee arrived in the village in 2019.

At first, Wendy, played by Susan Cookson, was in denial and fiercely defended her son.

However, after Robert Sugden killed Lee, she eventually came to terms with what Lee had done.

She remained in the village, desperate to build some kind of relationship with her grandson, Harry.

She is currently loved up with Bob.

It was revealed last year when her evil ex-husband arrived, that Wendy never actually qualified as a nurse.

Fans are baffled by how she continues to work as one and frankly, so are we!

Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick)

Emmerdale Vanessa looks distressed
Heartbroken again, poor Vanessa (Credit: ITV)

Vet Vanessa, played by Michelle Hardwick, an old friend of Rhona’s, landed in Emmerdale in 2012.

If you discount the time she took advantage of Rhona’s painkiller addiction to seduce her, Vanessa is the best friend you could have.

At the start of 2020, she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer. Following a course of chemotherapy, she took some time out at her mother’s house.

She was part of popular show couple ‘Vanity’, along with Charity Dingle, but sadly they split after Charity snogged Moira’s brother Mack.

Vanessa returned to the Dales and began a romance with newcomer Suzy, but that ended after Vanessa found out Suzy gave Holly the money to buy the drugs that killed her.

They reunited, however, and Vanessa seems fairly happy.

But actress Michelle is pregnant, so it’s likely her happiness won’t last for long…

Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins)

Charity looking worried in Emmerdale
Charity has had a lot going on (Credit: ITV)

A part of Emmerdale since March 2000, Charity Dingle, played by Emma Atkins, has been central to the drama ever since.

She was married to Chris Tate (Peter Amory), a union which produced a son, Noah, had an affair with Chris’s sister Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell), a relationship with cousin Cain Dingle, another with ageing Tom King, a marriage to Jai Sharma, and another to Declan Macey.

Her coming-of-age though was embarking on a relationship with Vanessa Woodfield, arguably her soulmate, and revealing she was sexually abused by a police officer when she was just 14.

Charity got justice in court and was reunited with her long-lost son, Ryan, bringing out a more maternal side to the hard character.

Charity is in a relationship with Mackenzie Boyd and was heartbroken when she lost their baby.

Mack sought comfort in the arms of someone else, but he and Charity reunited. How will she feel when she inevitably finds out the truth about his fling – especially now that Chloe is pregnant?

Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw)

Bob Hope Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Tony Audenshaw as Bob Hope (Credit: ITV)

Happy-go-lucky Bob Hope, played by Tony Audenshaw, hasn’t always had it quite so plain sailing.

The dad-of-seven’s not been the best husband or father – and actually holds the title of Emmerdale’s most married character, having been wed seven times to five women.

After cheating on latest wife Brenda with Laurel, Bob moved in with his lover, only for her to realise they weren’t meant to be and kick him out.

Bob ended up homeless, but is slowly getting back on his feet now.

He is loved-up with Wendy Posner.

Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler)

Nicola King is in shock after the crash
Life is pretty hard for Nicola at the moment (Credit: ITV)

Nicola, played by Nicola Wheeler, has always been a bit of a social climber, and is very used to getting what she wants – although it doesn’t always work out that way.

She was married to a rich old man, Donald De Souza, who she planned to kill off for his money. But her scheme didn’t work and she ended up penniless and alone.

Nicola is married to Jimmy King and she’s now part-owner of the cafe and is on the local council.

She and Jimmy repaired their marriage after his dalliance with Mandy Dingle and Nicola was hailed the unlikely saviour of the Woolpack after taking on Al Chapman.

Nicola was recently attacked by a group of teenage girls and it has left her reeling.

She became afraid to leave the house and has suffered several panic attacks. When she tried to take control and catch her attackers by posting a video online, things got a whole lot worse for Nicola.

She now knows Naomi Walters was present at her attack and is determined to make her pay. But how far will Nicola go to get justice?

Amy Wyatt (Natalie Ann Jamieson)

Emmerdale Feb 10 Cain’s temper reaches such a pique little Kyle runs out and goes missing
Natalie Ann Jamieson plays Amy Wyatt (Credit: ITV)

Amy played by Natalie Ann Jamieson, was a rebellious teen taken in by foster parents Val and Eric Pollard.

She had a child, Kyle, with Cain Dingle, but gave him up for adoption. However when she regretted her decision and tried to snatch the boy back, she was forced to flee the country.

She returned in 2019 to fight for her son, Kyle, after discovering he was now living with Cain.

Amy is loved up with Matty Barton.

Liam Cavanagh (Jonny McPherson)

Liam is having a hard time right now (Credit: ITV)

Dr Cavanagh, played by Jonny McPherson, has been in the show since 2014 when he looked after pregnant Priya.

But only in 2018 did he become a regular cast member.

He was married to Maya, then engaged to Bernice, but she fled on their wedding eve to care for her ex-husband in Australia.

Liam moved on with Leyla Harding and they married – despite Bernice returning to try and ruin their big day.

Their marriage has been rocked by the death of Liam’s daughter Leanna and Leyla suffering a miscarriage.

He was so focused on getting justice for Leanna, he failed to notice Leyla spiraling. She developed a cocaine addiction.

He discovered her secret and sent her off to rehab.

But a disastrous couple’s counselling session and his illicit kiss with Bernice has left their marriage in tatters. Can they repair it? Or is it over for good?

Leyla Cavanagh (Roxi Shahidi)

Emmerdale Leyla looks worried when talking to Liam
Leyla and Liam are on the rocks (Credit: ITV)

Known as a bit of a homewrecker, Leyla, played by Roxy Shahidi, jilted David during her first stint in the Dales in 2011.

She returned full-time at the end of 2013 and set up a wedding planning business with Megan.

Things fell apart when Leyla had an affair with Megan’s husband, Jai. She also slept with ex, David, behind his wife Tracy’s back, and had an affair with married con artist, Clive (Tom Chambers).

Mother to Jacob, she went all maternal after finding out the truth about her son and his teacher, Maya.

Married to Dr Liam Cavanagh, Leyla was left devastated when she suffered a miscarriage last year.

She was shot by Meena Jutla, but survived.

However, it soon became clear Leyla was struggling and hiding something huge.

It was revealed she has a drug addiction and has been regularly taking cocaine with business colleague Suzy.

The truth was exposed and a stint in rehab has helped a little, but there’s still a long way to go.

After Liam kissed Bernice, Leyla said she felt nothing. But can they get their marriage back on track?

Jimmy King (Nick Miles)

Jimmy King Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Nick Miles as Jimmy King (Credit: ITV)

The eldest King brother played by Nick Miles, is the only remaining original family member in the Dales, hapless Jimmy rarely gets it right.

Father-of-three Jimmy is married to Nicola and their fiery relationship is often off more times than it is on.

He is trying all her can to support Nicola since her attack, but it’s clear he’s totally out of his depth. How can he help his wife?

Sam Dingle (James Hooton)

Sam Dingle Emmerdlae cast (Credit: ITV)
James Hooton as Sam Dingle (Credit: ITV)

Good-hearted Sam Dingle, played by James Hooton often finds himself caught up in a scheme or two without even realising it.

He’s dad to Samson after his marriage to Alice Wilson, who tragically died of cancer when Samson was just a baby.

Sam’s currently settled with Lydia and would do anything for anyone.

But he was stunned to learn teen son Samson is set to be a dad and has been horrified by Samson’s attitude lately.

Sam’s life was on the line after he was impaled on a piece of farming equipment following a cow stampede during the storm.

He thankfully survived.

And now he just has a rebellious teenage son to deal with…

Rodney Blackstock (Patrick Mower)

Rodney Blackstock Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Patrick Mower as Rodney Blackstock in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Rich, suave and charming Rodney, played by Patrick Mower, has never had much trouble with the ladies – even with that ponytail.

He’s not so rich now, nor is he all that successful.

His recent relationship, with much younger free-spirit Misty, ended when daughters Nicola and Bernice started to meddle.

And despite rekindling things with Diane Sugden before her departure, she decided she didn’t want to be with him and left him – and the village – behind.

Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham)

Gabby Thomas Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Rosie Bentham as Gabby Thomas in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Daughter of Ashley Thomas and Bernice Blackstock, Gabby’s probably closer to stepmum Laurel than she is her own mother.

She maturely handled the death of her father, Ashley Thomas (John Middleton) after his dementia battle, but became a bit of a rebellious teen.

Gabby, played by Rosie Bentham, has recently given birth to Jamie Tate’s baby.

She has called him Thomas and has moved in to Home Farm with Kim and mum, Bernice, to raise him with his grandmothers.

Gabby has tried to step up and be a good mum, but her heart might not be in it. She recently had a visit from social services after Thomas fell over while in babysitter Amelia’s care.

Thomas Tate

Thomas Tate is the latest addition to the cast of Emmerdale 2022.

He was born on Thursday, October 28, 2021 to mum Gabby.

Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles)

Bernice has returned to the village (Credit: ITV)

Despite leaving to live in Australia, Bernice, played by Samantha Giles, returned to live in the village in 2021.

Making her first appearance in 1998, Bernice has been in the show on and off for over 20 years.

She has never been lucky in love, marrying Ashley Thomas and Lawrence White for all the wrong reasons.

She passionately loved Andy Sugden, but was devastated when he went on the run.

It seemed she had settled at last with Liam, but was forced to leave on the eve of their wedding to care for her ex-husband Charlie in Australia.

He then moved on with Leyla and despite Bernice’s best efforts, she couldn’t win him back.

She also tried to steal Will Taylor off Kim Tate, but lost that battle too.

A kiss with her ex Liam and an ill-advised date with Rishi Sharma have all left her desperately wanting affection. But where can she find it?

Pearl Ladderbanks (Meg Johnson)

Pearl Ladderbanks Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Meg Johnson as Pearl in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Pearl, played by Meg Johnson, doesn’t appear as regularly on screen any more since her debut in 2003.

But the vets’ receptionist has been central to storylines over the years, including a gambling addiction, faking Alzheimer’s disease and committing embezzlement.

Noah Dingle (Jack Downham)

He’s proving to be a chip off the old block (Credit: ITV)

Noah, played by Jack Downham, is the son of Charity and Chris Tate.

He was born while Charity was inside for Chris’s murder, even though Chris had actually committed suicide.

Passed around from pillar to post, it was little wonder Noah found comfort with his new-found half-brother, Joe Tate, when he arrived on the scene.

Noah took his disappearance perhaps the hardest after finally believing he’d found a stable family unit.

He has since become infatuated with Chloe Harris and it became a case of like father like son when Noah took things waaaay too far.

The trouble teen began stalking her, secretly filming her and even trapped her in his house when she found out what he was up to.

Charity fortunately walked in before things went any further and reported Noah to the police.

He was sent down for three months and seems to have reformed inside.

Noah has committed to Amelia and vowed to support both her and the baby.

But has he really changed?

Samson Dingle (Sall Hall)

The son of Sam and Alice has had a complete personality transplant of late (Credit: ITV)

The son of Sam and Alice Dingle, Samson, played by Sam Hall, was born in January 2006.

Alice was very poorly with cancer, but had delayed treatment to save her son.

She died in July 2006, leaving him in the care of his father.

Samson has found a passion for beauty therapy, but his dad isn’t keen. He also has a crush on Amelia, but she didn’t reciprocate his feelings.

However, it turns out they did sleep together and Amelia fell pregnant.

Samson doesn’t want anything to do with the baby, but he’s pretending otherwise.

Is there a dark storyline ahead for the formerly nice teen?

Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill)

Sarah has had a tough short life (Credit: ITV)

Daughter of Debbie and Andy Sugden, Sarah, played by Katie Hill, was born in 2005.

She’s fought many health battles in her short life, including Fanconi anemia, which developed into leukaemia and required a bone marrow transplant.

The lass was then diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017, for which she had more life-saving treatment, but the effects of the chemo on her caused heart failure and she underwent a successful heart transplant in 2018.

Knowing her life is limited, she joined her gran, Faith, in a ‘live for the moment’ attitude. But how will she cope now Faith has died?

Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland)

Who is mysterious Chloe? (Credit: ITV)

Chloe is the sister of Gemma, a girl who died in a car accident and donated her heart to Sarah Sugden.

Sarah made contact with Chloe and has formed a friendship with her.

But we know Chloe has a dangerous father – who is he?

Noah Dingle quickly became infatuated with Chloe soon after meeting her.

But he took things much too far when he began stalking her and secretly filming her.

Chloe found out and was terrified when he trapped her in the house. Charity rescued her reported Noah to the police.

It was recently revealed Chloe had a one-night stand with Charity’s boyfriend, Mack, and is pregnant with his child.

As she decided to leave the village, Kerry stopped her with the bombshell she’s her real mum.

As Chloe battles to deal with the huge changes to her life as she knows it, will she stick around?

Arthur Thomas (Alfie Clarke)

Arthur looks confused and upset on Emmerdale
Arthur’s had a rough start in life (Credit: ITV)

Young Arthur, played by Alfie Clarke, is the son of Laurel and Ashley Thomas, but a baby swap at birth meant he was given to the wrong parents.

When the son Ashley and Laurel took home died of cot death, a DNA test proved he wasn’t theirs and Arthur was returned to his parents.

He came into his own during the aftermath of Ashley’s death when Arthur found a video of Emma Barton tormenting his father, who had Alzheimer’s.

Emma then harassed Arthur and he was terrified, but eventually she was caught out and he was able to move on.

Arthur since became a bully himself, making new stepbrother, Archie’s, life a misery when Laurel got together with Jai Sharma.

He has matured and grown-up a lot recently and is proud godfather to nephew Thomas.

Cathy Hope (Gabrielle Dowling)

Emmerdale Cathy quizzes Amelia over a suspicious bottle of pills
Cathy gets much more screen time than twin Heath! (Credit: ITV)

Daughter of Bob and Viv Hope, Cathy, played by Gabrielle Dowling, is the twin sister of Heath.

She was born in 2007.

She was recently revealed as the bully of April Windsor and she was knocked back by Samson Dingle leaving her heartbroken.

Heath Hope (Sebastian Dowling)

Sister Cathy is the troublemaker to Heath’s shy type (Credit: ITV)

Twin brother of Cathy and son of Bob and Viv Hope, Heath is played by Sebastian Dowling.

Heath was born in 2007 and once won a ‘cute kids’ contest

Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop)

Brenda Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Lesley Dunlop as Brenda in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Brenda, played by Lesley Dunlop, arrived in 2008 as the adoptive mother of Gennie Walker.

She embarked on a relationship with Bob, before being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013.

Despite her survival after having it removed, she was told the cancer could reoccur.

Brenda was devastated when Gennie was killed by Cameron Murray (Dominic Power), and just as upset when she discovered Bob had been cheating with Laurel.

She is now in a relationship with Eric Pollard and known for sticking her nose into everyone’s business.

Matty Barton (Ash Palmisciano)

Matty Barton Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Ash Palmisciano as Matty Barton in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Matty, played by Ash Palmisciano, is the son of Moira and John and was previously known as Hannah before he made the decision to transition.

He arrived in 2018 and revealed to Moira who he was.

Moira wasn’t accepting of the news at first, but she has come round and supported Matty through his most recent operation.

After hints of romance with his brother’s ex-wife Victoria Sugden, Matty has finally started his first proper relationship with Amy Wyatt.

He is struggling with not having been there for sister Holly’s death and when he found out about Suzy and the drug money, he has set out on a mission to make her pay. But how far will he go?

Angelica King (Rebecca Brakes)

Emmerdale fans are convinced Angel had something to do with it (Credit: ITV)
Emmerdale fans are convinced Angel had something to do with Nicola’s attack (Credit: ITV)

The daughter of Jimmy and Nicola King, Angelica, played by Rebecca Brakes, was born in 2009 and was taken to the special care baby unit because of breathing difficulties.

She was kidnapped days later, by Lexi King, but returned to safety after they were discovered on the hospital roof.

Angel has grown up a lot lately and took mum Nicola’s attack hard.

Elliot Windsor (Luca Hoyle)

Elliot Windsor Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Luca Hoyle as Elliot Windsor in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Elliot, played by Luca Hoyle, arrived in the Dales in 2011 when Kelly Windsor moved back to the village claiming he was her son with Jimmy.

When Kelly decided to go to America with her new boyfriend, Elliot came back to live with Jimmy and Nicola in 2012, before Kelly came back for him.

Though in 2016, he was once again left with his father and stepmother.

Carl Holliday (Charlie Munro-Joyce)

A mix-up made Carl part of the King family (Credit: ITV)

Carl was the product of a mix-up at the sperm clinic when mum Juliette was given Jimmy King’s sperm by mistake.

Juliette raised Jimmy for the first two years of his life, but gave him to Jimmy and Nicola in 2016 as she couldn’t cope.

She tried to get Carl back in 2o20, but after realising motherhood wasn’t for her, she handed him back over and left for New York leaving Carl very confused.

Leo Goskirk (Harvey Rogerson)

April and Leo in Emmerdale smile trying on wedding outfits
April and Leo are brother and sister (Credit: ITV)

Rhona gave birth to Leo, played by Harvey Rogerson, in 2011. Leo’s dad is Marlon.

A scan revealed Leo had Down syndrome.

Amelia Spencer (Daisy Campbell)

Pregnant Amelia faces a long road ahead (Credit: ITV)

Young Amelia, played by Daisy Campbell, made her first on-screen appearance in July 2011.

She arrived with her aunt Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten) and her mum and stepmum Ali Spencer and Ruby Haswell (Kellie Hollis and Alicya Eyo) soon followed.

Amelia had a huge storyline when she discovered Dan wasn’t her dad and it was in fact her uncle, Daz Spencer (Mark Jordon).

Amelia began struggling with her body image earlier this year.

Obsessed with social media influencers and filtering her pictures, she ended up taking weight gain syrup to get booty like Kim Kardashian.

But after collapsing and being taken to hospital it was revealed she was pregnant.

Samson was revealed as the dad.

Amelia has now committed to Noah Dingle with the pair vowing to bring her baby up together.

Rishi Sharma (Bhaskar Patel)

Rishi Sharma Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Bhasker Patel as Rishi Sharma in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Patriarch of the Sharma family, Rishi, played by Bhasker Patel, doesn’t really act like the big businessman he’s supposed to be.

The village favourite married Manpreet – much to the horror of his children – who thought she was just after his money.

Although it looked like they were about to prove everyone wrong, Manpreet realised she didn’t love Rishi after all when her former flame Charles arrived in the village.

She dumped a heartbroken Rishi on the same day he got a tattoo symbolising how much he loved her.

Rishi recently had a health scare when he collapsed with an angina attack, but recovered.

He made a big mistake sleeping with Sandra Flaherty, who then blackmailed him into paying her.

He also recently stood Bernice up after organising a date, fearing she was too desperate. But will he regret that and take a chance on her?

Dan Spencer (Liam Fox)

Dan got a shock about his teen daughter (Credit: ITV)

Played by Liam Fox, Dan arrived in 2011 to see his kids, Amelia and Sean, after his wife, Ali left him for a woman.

He was briefly married to Chas, but his longest lasting relationship has been with Kerry.

They nearly married before he discovered she was a bigamist, but made it through and stayed together.

However, some things just aren’t meant to be and a fed up Kerry ended things.

Dan had a tough time after a severe allergic reaction left him in a wheelchair, but his recovery has been good and he’s back on his feet again.

He recently slept with Faith Dingle, which sent shockwaves through the village.

Dan then embarked on a romance with Harriet, but it was clear she was still hung up on her ex.

Harriet was tragically killed during the storm, leaving Dan a grieving wreck.

He’s coping by throwing himself in to supporting Amelia and his newborn granddaughter.

Kyle Hutchinson (Huey Quinn)

Emmerdale Feb 10 Cain’s temper reaches such a pique little Kyle runs out and goes missing
Cain’s temper has left Kyle terrified (Credit: ITV)

Kyle, played by Huey Quinn, is the son of Cain and Amy, who was given up for adoption when he was born.

He came back to the Dales when his adoptive parents died and his adoptive grandmother, Joanie Wright (Denise Black) took him in.

After Joanie died, he went to live with his dad, Cain, but Amy has access.

Cain, however, lost the plot when Amy moved in with Al Chapman. Determined his son wouldn’t have anything to do with his rival, Cain’s temper terrified Kyle, who ran away.

Kyle was found safe and well and his relationship with his dad is back on track.

Amba Metcalfe (Ava Jayasinghe)

Amba is the daughter of Priya and David (Credit: ITV)

Daughter of Priya and David, Amba, played by Ava Jayasinghe, was born seven weeks premature.

She was born in May 2014.

April Windsor (Amelia Flanagan)

April has matured recently (Credit: ITV)

Adorable April, played by Amelia Flanagan, is the daughter of Donna Windsor (Verity Rushworth) and Marlon.

Marlon didn’t even know he had a child with Donna until she returned in 2014 with April in tow.

It turned out Donna was dying and needed April to settle with her dad before she went.

Young Amelia has turned in some heartbreaking performances as April, not least recently when she was bullied by Cathy Hope and during her dad’s stroke.

Moses Dingle (Arthur Cockroft)

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Baby Moses Dingle in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Moses Dingle is the son of Charity Dingle and Ross Barton.

Charity was revealed to be pregnant in prison, but the reveal of Ross as the father was a shock as it was believed Cain was the dad.

Eve Dingle (Bella James)

Chas and Paddy’s daughter was recast (Credit: ITV)

Born following their tragic loss of first daughter, Grace, Eve is the child of Chas and Paddy.

She arrived in 2009 in the men’s toilets at the Woolpack after Chas and Marlon were locked in there.

Chas had believed she was expecting a boy after Bear Wolf read the gender wrong – it was later revealed he couldn’t read and that was why he made the mistake.

As Eve has recently turned three, she was recast and is now played by Bella James.

Theo Metcalfe (Beau-Ronnie Newton)

Theo has had a few stepmums already in his short life (Credit: ITV)

Maya Stepney left Theo Metcalfe on David and Jacob’s doorstep on Christmas Day 2019.

As Maya had had a sexual relationship with both David and Jacob, no one knew who his dad was. A DNA test revealed David was the father.

Theo was initially named Alex by his mother, but David changed it to Theo and now co-parents him with Victoria Sugden.

Harry Sugden (Teddy and Brody Hall)

Harry is Victoria’s son (Credit: ITV)

In 2019 Victoria Sugden was raped by Lee Posner and she ended up pregnant with his baby.

Vic bravely decided to keep the child and Harry was born on New Year’s Day 2020.

Nate Robinson (Jurrell Carter)

Chloe and Nate get cosy in the pub
The new dad is making all sorts of mistakes (Credit: ITV)

Nate was first seen in the Big Night Out episodes, chatting to Rhona, but then became a permanent fixture in Emmerdale.

Moira Dingle appeared to catch his eye and the two soon had a fling – all hell broke loose when Cain found out.

Nate was revealed as Cain’s secret son from years ago. Cain had no idea he even existed.

Nate settled with Tracy Metcalfe and the pair share baby Frankie. Nate struck by Tracy throughout her battle with post-natal depression, but then he strayed and Tracy kicked him out.

Missing his daughter and his girlfriend, Nate hooked up with Chloe Harris.

However he’s now found himself drawn to Naomi Walters. But rekindled things with Tracy during her brief return last month.

Which woman will he settle down with in the end?

Who else is in the cast of Emmerdale 2022?

Johnny Woodfield (Jack Jennings)

Emmerdale Jan 20 Charity and Vanessa have playdate with Moses and Johnny
Johnny is Vanessa’s son (Credit: ITV)

Born in 2015, Johnny is the son of Kirin Kotecha (Adam Fielding) and Vanessa Woodfield.

Johnny is played by actor Jack Jennings.

It was first thought Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) was the dad after Kirin’s father, Rakesh, switched the DNA results, but the truth was soon revealed.

Johnny was adopted by Charity Dingle, but since her split from Vanessa, V isn’t keen on the pair having much to do with each other.

Dotty Thomas (Tilly-Rue Foster)

Emmerdale Dotty is five now
Dotty is five now (Credit: ITV)

The daughter of Laurel and Ashley Thomas, Dotty was born when Ashley was in the midst of his dementia diagnosis in 2016.

Sadly, there were heartbreaking scenes when Ashley didn’t remember she was his daughter at her christening.

Lydia Dingle (Karen Blick)

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Karen Blick as Lydia Dingle in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Lydia arrived in 2016 a bit of a strange one.

She went on a date with Paddy, and then Rishi, but has finally settled down with Sam.

It was revealed Lydia had changed her name from Jenny Finn after she gave birth to a stillborn baby as a teenager and panicking, buried the body.

Once her secret was revealed, she reconnected with her mother and sister, but the reunion wasn’t a warm and fuzzy one.

Isaac Dingle (Bobby Dunsmuir)

Emmerdale Moira holds hands with Isaac as they talk to Cain
Isaac is all grown up! (Credit: ITV)

Moira and Cain Dingle’s son, Isaac, was born when Moira didn’t even know she was pregnant.

At first, her nephew Pete Barton was thought to be the dad.

Dawn Fletcher (Olivia Bromley)

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Olivia Bromley as Dawn Taylor in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Wayward Dawn is a reformed drug addict who, it turns out, has a past connection to Harriet.

Dawn managed to turn her life around and regain access to her son, Lucas. But she threatened her own happy ending when she killed DI Malone and covered it up.

Putting that behind her, Dawn married Billy Fletcher and the couple thought all was well.

Until Meena kidnapped them on their wedding day. Dawn survived and the pair are happily married.

But Dawn recently came home with her dead best friend’s daughter, Clemmie, in tow. Clemmie had been found in a drug den and Dawn rescued her.

Billy knew they needed to call social services and Harriet took the decision out of their hands and did it for them.

Clemmie was taken away and Dawn was heartbroken. But then they discovered Clemmie was actually Lucas’s biological sister on his dad’s side and it was agreed they could foster her.

But with Alex set for a comeback, how long can they hold onto their family?

Lucas Taylor (Noah Ryan Aspinall)

Emmerdale Thu 6 Jan Lucas finds out about Billy and Dawn's engagement
Lucas was recast late last year (Credit: ITV)

The son of Dawn Taylor, Lucas is now played by actor Noah Ryan Aspinall.

Drug addict Dawn wasn’t able to care for her boy when he was small and gave him away.

But after ditching the drugs and reforming, and with the help of Harriet and support of Billy, she was able to regain custody.

Now, Billy is hoping to adopt Lucas and become a happy family unit.

Clemmie Reed (Mabel Addison)

Emmerdale Clemmie is frightened in a dog bed
Dawn found Clemmie living in squalor (Credit: ITV)

Young Clemmie is the daughter of Dawn’s dead friend.

Dawn is determined to bring her up as one of her family. Social services has allowed Clemmie to stay with Dawn for now.

However, with dad Alex back to stake his claim, can Dawn keep her with them?

Millie Tate (Willow Bell)

Young Millie is back living with Kim – for now (Credit: ITV)

Kim Tate’s granddaughter Millie, played by Willow Bell, probably doesn’t know if she’s coming or going!

The youngster thought both her parents were dead, then discovered her dad, Jamie, was still alive.

However it was then revealed he was a bit unhinged when he pushed her granny, Hazel, down the stairs.

Jamie fled and Millie returned to live with Kim – before going back with Hazel again.

Hazel (Kate Anthony)

Millie’s Granny Hazel comes and goes (Credit: ITV)

Millie’s other granny, Hazel, played by Kate Anthony, is the late Andrea Tate’s mum.

She first showed up at Andrea’s memorial to take Millie to live with her. It turned out she was working with Kim’s believed-dead son, Jamie to get Millie away.

But Jamie turned nasty and pushed Hazel down the stairs.

Will Hazel be back in the Dales again? Something tells us this story isn’t done…

Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker)

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Emmerdale’s Rebecca Starker as Manpreet Jutla (Credit: ITV)

Rishi’s ex-wife, GP Manpreet was exposed by Jai as a spending addict.

She stole £1000 from the factory to fund her shopping habit, but Rishi stood by her and paid off her debts when he found out.

Manpreet left Rishi after revealing she didn’t love him any more. She realised her true feelings after ex-flame Charles moved to the area.

After realising her sister, Meena, was a murderer, Manpreet found herself being held captive.

Although Meena’s plan was foiled by Liam, Manpreet ended up in a coma after being hit by a car.

She survived and gave evidence against Meena in court.

Meena then confessed she had killed their dad and took Manpreet hostage again.

Fortunately Meena was caught and sentenced to 75 years in prison…

Meanwhile, Manpreet is seeking comfort in Charles’ arms.

Charles Anderson (Kevin Mathurin)

Vicar Charles has lost his partner Andrea (Credit: ITV)

Local vicar Charles, played by Kevin Mathurin, arrived in the village to preside over the wedding of Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk when Harriet pulled out at the last minute.

He has a son, Ethan, and has recently found out he also has a daughter called Naomi.

Charles was in a relationship with the late Andrea Tate when she died, but has history with Manpreet, whose feelings for him have been rekindled.

They are back together and he is supporting her through her trauma at the hands of Meena.

Charles found out he had a daughter, Naomi, last year, but chose not meet her.

However, when she went missing it was Charles who tracked her down and now is keen to build a relationship.

Ethan Anderson (Emile John)

Lawyer Ethan is Charles’s son (Credit: ITV)

Ethan, played by Emile John, is the lawyer son of Charles and Esme. Ethan was close to Manpreet before she jilted his father on their wedding day.

He had been searching for his mother, who left when he was young, but Meena posed as Esme so when Ethan thought he was texting his mum, he was actually messaging Meena.

Esme got in touch for real and the pair met, but will they find a way forward?

Esme (played by Eva Fontaine)

Played by Eva Fontaine, Esme, is Charles’s ex-wife and Ethan’s mother.

She left Charles when pregnant with her second baby and in the throes of postnatal depression.

She gave Naomi up for adoption, but they reconnected in 2020 and now Esme wants to be a part of her son’s life again too.

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Charles’s long-lost daughter Naomi has caused trouble in the village (Credit: ITV)

Naomi Walters (Karene Peters)

Naomi was born after Esme left Charles in the 90s.

Charles didn’t know of her existence until recently and decided not to meet her.

But when she went missing, Charles tracked her down.

She was recently revealed as being present at the attack on Nicola.

Naomi is headed to court next week, but will she be found guilty?

Ryan Stocks (James Moore)

Charity and Ryan reconnected in 2018 (Credit: ITV)

Ryan is the son of Charity, the result of her rape by DI Bails, who Charity thought had died at birth.

She discovered Ryan had lived and they were reunited in 2018. Ryan is witty, quick and gives as good as he gets.

After a quiet time, he was revealed as the new owner of the Woolpack alongside Charity.

He got the money after adoptive mum Irene Stocks died.

Ryan knows Mack has cheated on Charity, but is staying quiet – for now…

Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle)

Emmerdale Feb 9 Dawn opens up to Billy about her problems
Will Billy die? (Credit: ITV)

Billy was released from prison and arrived in Emmerdale on Christmas Day 2018.

Jessie’s son, Ellis‘s brother, Billy didn’t receive a welcome reception from everyone – Ellis wanted nothing to do with him, and it turned out he was involved in Aaron Dingle’s bullying when he was in prison.

Billy’s spent a lot of time trying to make it straight.

He embarked on a fling with Meena, but his heart lay with Dawn. The pair got engaged on New Year’s Eve, leaving Meena heartbroken and thirsty for blood.

Billy and Dawn managed to have their romantic Valentine’s Day wedding before being kidnapped by Meena on the way to their reception.

Billy survived and wants to adopt Lucas, and now they’ve taken on Clemmie too.

But how long will this happy family unit last?

Al Chapman (Michael Wildman)

Al Chapman Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)
Michael Wildman as Al Chapman Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Jessie Dingle’s ex and the father of Ellis Chapman, Al Chapman, played by Michael Wildman, arrived in the village in 2019.

He wasn’t the most popular guy in town having not spoken to his son for more than a year.

Al didn’t exactly win people over when he seduced his ex-wife Jessie – who at that point was married to Marlon.

Fast-forward to 2020 and Al was secretly dating Priya, but he was two-timing her with Debbie Dingle.

After blackmailing Paddy, he bought into the Woolpack and wanted to turn it into luxury flats.

When it looked like his plan was failing, he blew the pub up on Christmas Day.

He is now at all-out war with Cain, determined to ruin the Dingle’s life for some unknown reason.

Meanwhile, he’s shacked up with Kerry Wyatt after only a couple of dates  and is having an illicit affair with Chas Dingle.

As they made plans to flee the village and start a new life together, Cain found out the truth.

Cain lured Al to a barn and confronted him with a shotgun. A fight broke out and the gun was fired – but was anyone hurt?

Is Al no more?

Will Taylor (Dean Andrews)

Will Taylor cast of Emmerdale 2020 (Credit: ITV)
Dean Andrew as Will Taylor in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

Will is Dawn’s father and the former partner of Harriet.

Harriet was undercover when they were married and was pivotal in Will being arrested.

The couple tried again when he came to Emmerdale, but her affair with DI Malone ended things for good. Although Will helped her and Dawn cover up dodgy Malone’s murder, he’s moved on with Kim Tate.

Things were a bit rocky as he grew closer to Bernice, however, he eventually chose Kim.

The pair got engaged at Christmas after she moved Malone’s body for him. Who says romance is dead, eh?!

Mackenzie Barton (Lawrence Robb)

Mackenzie Barton played by Lawrence Robb (Credit: ITV)

Handsome Mackenzie shook up the Dales when he arrived searching for his long-lost sister, Moira Barton (Natalie J. Robb).

He hooked up with Charity, breaking her up from Vanessa, and the pair continued their fling in secret.

However, they were outed during survival week and tried to make a go of things in public before Vanessa returned and it was clear Charity held a torch for her still.

Mack left, but then returned and after wanting nothing to do with Charity, quickly jumped back into bed with her in a matter of weeks.

He was heartbroken when she lost their baby and wanted to try for another.

However, Charity’s reaction wasn’t what he was hoping for and he sought comfort in the arms of a mystery one-night stand, who turned out to be Chloe Harris.

She’s pregnant and wants to hold Mack to account – but what will happen when Charity inevitably finds out the truth?

Marcus Dean (Darcy Grey)

Emmerdale Marcus Dean is Pierce Harris's son
Is the son of Pierce as bad as his dad? (Credit: ITV)

Pierce Harris has managed to keep terrorising his ex-wife Rhona even from beyond the grave by bringing his son, Marcus, into her life.

After writing to her from prison, Pierce asked Rhona to help him find his son before he died.

Rhona agreed and located Marcus – played by Darcy Grey – who seems like a decent enough guy.

But now Pierce is dead, and Marcus is still in the picture. Is he about to prove the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?

He’s currently romancing Ethan Anderson, but will it end in tears?

Mary Goskirk (Louise Jameson)

Emmerdale worried Mary confides her secret in Kim
It turned out Mary had been hiding a big secret (Credit: ITV)

Vanessa’s free-spirited mother Mary, played by Louise Jameson, arrived in Emmerdale to ruin her romantic proposal to Marlon.

It’s clear there’s tension between mother and daughter, but Mary has vowed to stay by Rhona’s side while she supports Marlon following his stroke.

Mary recently came out as gay and Rhona didn’t react well at first. Eventually she accepted her mum’s sexuality.

But Mary is lonely. Can she find some companionship in the village?

Suzy Merton (Martelle Edinborough)

Suzy is Vanessa's new love interest in Emmerdale
Suzy will cause a stir (Credit: ITV)

Played by Martelle Edinborough, Suzy Merton has joined the cast as a new love interest for Vanessa Woodfield.

The couple bumped into each other – quite literally – and set up a dinner date.

But when Suzy was caught out over her drug use, and part in the death of Holly Barton, she was ostracised.

Suzy has slowly managed to build some bridges and got back together with Vanessa.

Will everyone be able to forgive her, though?

Alex (Liam Boyle)

Alex beaten and bloody
Dawn’s ex Alex is back to cause trouble (Credit: ITV)

Unsavoury Alex first arrived in Emmerdale last year.

Dawn’s ex was determined to cause trouble for her and tried to rope her into drug dealing in exchange for him not making a custody claim on their son, Lucas.

Instead, Dawn reported him to the police and Alex was arrested.

But Dawn visited him when she found out Lucas had a sister and needed Alex’s permission to take custody of her.

Alex is about to return to cause even more trouble – and Kim will step in taking him hostage.

But will he leave for good?

Read more: Who’s leaving Emmerdale this year?

Emmerdale usually airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV, with an hour episode on Thursdays.

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** This article was updated in November 2022 to reflect character and cast changes.

Nancy Brown
Associate Editor

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