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List of Emmerdale characters (1997)

The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 1997, by order of first appearance.

Miss Strickland

Barbara Strickland
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Alex Hall
Duration 1997, 1999, 2001
First appearance 1997
Last appearance 11 September 2001
Introduced by Mervyn Watson (1997)
Kieran Roberts (1999)
Steve Frost (2001)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Headmistress

Miss Strickland was the headmistress of Hotten Comprehensive School. She appeared in 1997, 1999 and 2001, when she is killed in a hit and run accident on 10 September 2001. The occupants of the car include some of her pupils: Katie Addyman, Eve Birch, Marc and Ollie Reynolds, Andy and Robert Sugden and Donna Windsor. The driver, Marc Reynolds, is later sentenced to twelve months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.[1]

Note: Although usually referred to by her formal title, the character was addressed by the first name Jean in some early appearances. However, when the character was killed off, she was referred to as Barbara during the police investigation and in her funeral service.

Paddy Kirk

Main article: Paddy Kirk

Will Cairns

Will Cairns
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Paul Fox
Duration 1997-99
First appearance 27 February 1997
Last appearance 27 January 1999
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; regular

Will Cairns arrived in Emmerdale in February 1997 with his family as the second child and only son of Tony and Becky Cairns. One of his main storylines was when he was kidnapped. Despite arriving in the village with his entire family, he ended up staying the longest when he left at the end of January 1999.


Emma Cairns

Emma Cairns
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Rebecca Loudonsack
Duration 1997-98
First appearance 27 February 1997
Last appearance 1998
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Student
Home Germany

Emma Cairns arrived in Emmerdale in February 1997 with her family as the youngest child and daughter of Tony and Becky Cairns, heavily pregnant. She gave birth to her daughter Geri a month later. Her father Tony wanted her to have Geri adopted, to which Emma went along with. However, she reversed her decision when she grew close to her baby daughter. The father was later revealed to be Greg Cox, the ex-boyfriend of her sister Charlie. This led to Charlie leaving Emmerdale, a mere few months after arriving. Her parents left for Germany in April 1998, with Emma joining them in the autumn.


Tony Cairns

Tony Cairns
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Edward Peel
Duration 1997-98
First appearance 27 February 1997
Last appearance 1 April 1998
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Home Germany

Tony Cairns arrived in Emmerdale in February 1997 with his family after retiring early from the army. When his youngest daughter Emma gave birth to a baby girl who she named Geri at the young age of 13, Tony wanted her to have Geri adopted, to which Emma initially went along with. However, she defied her father and changed her mind when she grew close to her baby daughter. Tony left with Becky for Germany in April 1998. Actor, Edward Peel, had previously appeared in Emmerdale as the second actor to play Tom Merrick in the early 1980s.


Becky Cairns

Becky Cairns
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Sarah Neville
Duration 1997-98
First appearance 27 February 1997
Last appearance 1 April 1998
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Home Germany

Becky Cairns arrived in Emmerdale, where she grew up when she was young, in February 1997 with her family. Becky had a lesbian fling with vet Zoe Tate. She left with her husband Tony for Germany in April 1998.


Charlie Cairns

Charlie Cairns
Emmerdale character
Portrayed by Sarah Graham
Duration 1997
First appearance 27 February 1997
Last appearance 30 July 1997
Introduced by Mervyn Watson
Classification Former; regular

Charlie Cairns arrived in Emmerdale in February 1997 with her family. She is the eldest of Tony and Becky Cairns' three children. When her younger sister Emma gave birth to a baby a month later, she was devastated to learn her boyfriend, Greg Cox, was the father and this led to Charlie's departure in July.


Billy Hopwood

Main article: Billy Hopwood

Lord Alex Oakwell

Main article: Lord Alex Oakwell

Tara Thornfield

Main article: Tara Thornfield

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