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List of Emmerdale characters (2021)

List of Emmerdale characters (2021)

Emmerdale is a British soap opera first broadcast on 16 October 1972. The following is a list of characters that debuted during 2021, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by the soap's executive producer, Jane Hudson.[1] Ethan Anderson (Emile John) is introduced in January as the son of vicar Charles Anderson (Kevin Mathurin). Frankie is then born in February. In August, Rob Jarvis joined the cast as Wendy Posner's (Susan Cookson) ex-husband Russell, later followed by Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland), the sister of Sarah Sugden's (Katie Hill) heart donor. Ben Richards then joined the cast in November as loan shark Gavin. Additionally, multiple other characters appeared in 2021.

Ethan Anderson

Ethan Anderson
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byEmile John
First appearanceEpisode 8937
7 January 2021 (2021-01-07)
Introduced byJane Hudson
ClassificationPresent; regular
HomeTall Trees Cottage

Ethan Anderson,[2] played by Emile John, made his first appearance in episode 8937, first broadcast on 7 January 2021.[3] Ethan is introduced as the son of vicar Charles Anderson (Kevin Mathurin).[4] Ethan's character and casting details were announced on 26 November 2020, alongside that of Charles'. Ethan was described as "intelligent", and Digital Spy noted that he "inherited his father's strong sense of justice and worked hard to carve himself a successful law career".[5] It was also stated that Ethan would be accused and arrested of a crime he did not commit, which would lead to a rivalry between himself and the established Dingle family.[4] Ethan works at a law firm after years of "working hard for a successful career", and John confirmed that the storyline would have "consequences" on his career.[6]

Producer Sophie Roper stated that Emmerdale are "delighted" to be welcoming John to the soap, and noted the "dynamic new father and son duo" will "send shockwaves through the village as they find themselves embroiled in the heart of a thought-provoking story with one of our most loved families", referring to the Dingle family. She added: "With two actors of such great calibre, they're certainly set to make their mark on the Dales."[4] Producers later confirmed that Ethan will be a heavily featured character in 2021, with the younger cast getting a focus throughout the year,[7] and Ethan set to have a "longer-term story arc" after the conclusion of the justice storyline.[3] John stated that playing Ethan is "a dream", and on the storyline, he stated: "I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility in articulating his struggle with truth and authenticity and I can only hope that the audience fully engage with him in the same way I have."[4] He added that Ethan's arrival in the village would be "far from quiet", and revealed that Ethan's presence in the village will have "huge consequences" for other characters.[8]

Ethan attends a stag party with his friends at the Woolpack, where Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill) hides a bag of drugs inside of his coat pocket, since she needs to get rid of the drugs quickly. When the police arrive at the party, they discover the drugs in his pocket, and this leads to Ethan getting arrested. He is later released on bail, but is suspended from his law firm, leading him to demand justice from Sarah. Charles advises him not to cause a rivalry between himself and the Dingle family, but feeling he has worked too hard for his career to be ruined, he continues to demand justice for himself.

Russell Posner

Russell Posner
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byRob Jarvis
First appearanceEpisode 9128
17 August 2021 (2021-08-17)
Last appearanceEpisode 9153
16 September 2021 (2021-09-16)
Introduced byJane Hudson
ClassificationFormer; recurring

Russell Posner, played by Rob Jarvis, made his first appearance on 17 August 2021. Jarvis' casting was announced on 12 August 2021, with his character being described as a "mystery newcomer" set to be involved in a storyline for Wendy Posner (Susan Cookson); his connection to Wendy was not initially revealed.[9] His initial scenes see him approach Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon) for information on Wendy and he confirms that he will be sticking around in the village to see her.[9] Russell was later confirmed to be Wendy's abusive ex-husband. He confronts Wendy about his dead mother leaving Harry Sugden (Brody and Teddy Hall) money in her will rather than him. He tells Wendy that if she does not help him to get the inheritance from Harry, her and Harry's mother Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins) will "face consequences".[10]

On 31 August 2021, it was confirmed that Russell would hold Wendy and Victoria hostage in a siege at the Hide café to get his money.[11] Speaking about the plot, Jarvis said that Russell tells Wendy that he has been involved in an armed robbery and that the police are after him. Jarvis opined that Russell does not want to shoot anyone, but sees a siege as a last resort to getting the money he needs. The actor also felt that Russell would be capable of shooting someone due to the desperation of his situation. Despite the state of their relationship, Jarvis stated that his character likely still has feelings for Wendy, due to the pair sharing children together.[12] Following the police being called to the siege, Russell is imprisoned and Jarvis made his final appearance on 16 September 2021.[13]

Chloe Harris

Chloe Harris
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byJessie Elland
First appearanceEpisode 9132
20 August 2021 (2021-08-20)
Introduced byJane Hudson
ClassificationPresent; regular
HomeKeepers Cottage

Chloe Harris, played by Jessie Elland, made her first appearance on 20 August 2021.[14] Elland's casting and the details surrounding Chloe's character were announced on 6 August 2021. Chloe is the sister of a woman named Gemma who died in a car accident; she is contacted by Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill), who received the heart of her dead sibling as part of a transplant operation. It was confirmed that she would form friendships with Sarah and Noah Dingle (Jack Downham). Elland was told by her agent in May 2021 that she had received an audition for Emmerdale. She filmed a self-tape from home with her mother and a week later, she was invited to the studios for a screen test. This was Elland's first in-person audition, which she expressed her nervousness at. She performed a scene with cast member Karen Blick and a few weeks afterwards, Elland received a call to say she had received the part of Chloe. Elland looked forward to her costume and has admitted her jealousy for her character's wardrobe, praising the costume department at Emmerdale for their talent. Elland did not have to change her natural red hair for the role, which she was happy about due to not feeling she would look good with darker hair. Elland described Chloe as a sweet and genuine character who is eager to please people and form connections with them. Despite this upbeat persona, she said that Chloe struggles with various dark emotions such as anger and sadness due to her sad experiences throughout her life. She cited these experiences with making Chloe have a "sense of determination to go out and get what she wants".[15]

Elland was asked by Metro's Duncan Lindsay if she was similar to or different from her character; she initially felt that Chloe is very different from her in real life. The actress saw Chloe as "more naive, vulnerable, and super sweet" than herself, as well as having a fancy car and numerous Swarovski bracelets.[15] However, as she got more into her tenure, Elland began to see similarities to her character. Elland felt that she is as determined as her character and noticed that both her and Chloe value sisterhood; both between Chloe and Gemma and a newly-found sisterhood between Chloe and Sarah. Speaking more on Chloe's bond with Sarah, Elland explained that Chloe wants to know Sarah from a place of desperation. She is desperate to talk about her dead sister Gemma since her family have denied her the chance to do so; she also "wants the reassurance that something good came from something so awful".[15]


Emmerdale character
Portrayed byBen Richards
First appearanceEpisode 9216
25 November 2021 (2021-11-25)
Last appearanceEpisode 9266
20 January 2022 (2022-01-20)
Introduced byJane Hudson
ClassificationFormer; recurring
OccupationLoan shark

Gavin, played by Ben Richards, made his first appearance on 25 November 2021. Richards confirmed his casting on 7 October 2021 via Twitter, where he wrote that he was "chuffed" to be appearing on Emmerdale.[16] It was later confirmed that Gavin would act as a villain on the soap and would be a business partner of Al Chapman (Michael Wildman). Richards was doing a gig on a ship when he learned of his audition for the role of Gavin and filmed his self-tape audition in a cabin. When he read the brief for the role, he felt that he knew exactly how to portray Gavin and felt that he was well written. He was also attracted to the role as he finds it "so much fun to play a baddie" since he felt that they are more interesting than nice characters.[17] Digital Spy confirmed that Gavin was a recurring character and asked Richards if he would take on a regular role on the soap, to which he replied that if viewers want more Gavin, he would be happy to portray him for a longer tenure.[17]

On his character, Richards said that Gavin has a lot of danger about him but is not brutal. He explained that Gavin is "clever and cultured – he's a modern-day gangster and doesn't get his own hands dirty if he wants something doing".[17] When asked about his character's backstory, Richards said that Gavin grew up on a council estate in poverty but began a loan shark business through charging high interest rates. He said that Gavin has a number of customers who cannot lend money from a bank and hinted that people who do not pay him back end up in hospital. Richards said that when Al and Gavin interact, Al becomes "out of his depth" due to Gavin and his investors being very serious; he also hinted that Al and his relatives are in danger with Gavin.[17] He also revealed that he had been filming with Jeff Hordley and opined that Gavin is a match for his character, Cain Dingle. He added that their scenes together are "explosive and really exciting to play".[17]

Carol Butler

Carol Butler
Emmerdale character
Portrayed byLaura Pitt-Pulford
First appearanceEpisode 9239
24 December 2021 (2021-12-24)
Last appearanceEpisode 9337
14 April 2022 (2022-04-14)
Introduced byJane Hudson
ClassificationFormer; guest

Carol Butler, played by Laura Pitt-Pulford, made her first appearance on 24 December 2021. Pitt-Pulford's casting was confirmed on 13 December 2021.[18] Carol was introduced as the sister of Nadine Butler, who was murdered by Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) several years prior to her arrival in the village.

Carol meets with Meena's sister, Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker), and tells her what Meena did to Nadine, which involved manipulating and isolating Nadine from her family and friends, leading to Meena murdering her. She warns Manpreet that Meena is dangerous. She later attends Meena's trial once she is arrested, but walks out after an outburst regarding the court not prosecuting Meena for Nadine's murder due to lack of evidence. Carol ends up smashing a mirror in a fit of rage, injuring her hand. When Meena is found guilty for her crimes, she throws a huge tantrum and Carol angrily confronts her in the courtroom. Meena mocks Nadine and says that Nadine was so irrelevant that she was not even charged for her death. Carol then furiously stabs Meena with a piece of glass from the broken mirror, but she survives, and Carol is arrested.[19]

Other characters

Character Episode date(s) Actor Circumstances
Mason 7 January Noah Valentine[20] A drug dealer that Danny Harrington (Louis Healy) helps to sell drugs.
Fake Greg 3 February Paul Hawkyard[21] A man that Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb) pays to pretend to be Greg (Frank Laverty), a business contact seeing Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln).
Greg 4 February Frank Laverty[22] A business contact that Kim Tate (Claire King) meets with. He makes Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) feel uncomfortable by flirting with her at the meeting. When Moira Dingle (Natalie J. Robb) storms into the meeting with a shotgun, he pulls out of the investment deal.
Kenny Cheadle 25 February Ronnie Leek[23] The ex-boyfriend of Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter). When she discovers that he has been cheating on her, Faith steals a hearse from his undertaking business as revenge.
Frankie 25 February–present Uncredited The daughter of Nate Robinson and Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh).
Private Investigator 9–25 March Tom Colley[24] A private investigator that spies on Jimmy (Nick Miles) and Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) after being hired by Juliette Holliday (Amelia Curtis).
Hot Dog 24–26 March Dean Williamson[25] An affiliate of Connor Cooper's (Danny Cunningham) who works with Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) and Mackenzie Boyd (Robb) to sell stolen televisions.
Max 17 May Will Barnett[26] A man that buys alcohol and condoms for himself and Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele). Aaron Dingle (Miller) arrives and interrupts the pair.
Airport Security 21 May Vincent Davies[27] A security guard at an airport that notices Liv Flaherty's (Steele) drunken state. He tells Liv that she cannot board the plane to Dublin due to her drunkenness.
Tyson 24 May, 14 June Jamie Redford[28] A friend of Sandra Flaherty's (Joanne Mitchell) who greets Liv Flaherty (Steele) when she arrives on their campsite.
Warren Tucker[lower-alpha 1] 30 June, 23 July Steve Marsh[29] A drunk man who argues with Aaron Dingle (Miller) in the Woolpack. Liv Flaherty (Steele) later sees Aaron's boyfriend Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon) into a taxi. Liv informs Aaron of the two interacting and he demands to know who Warren is; Ben reveals that he is his alcoholic father.
Eddy 3 August – 3 September George Martin[30] A man that Ethan Anderson (Emile John) arranges a date with. The pair agree that they cannot see a relationship between them in the future, but agree to have sex. Eddy later interrupts Ethan's date with JJ (James McDowall) to inform him that his ex-boyfriend has HIV and that he may have transmitted it to Ethan. Eddy later informs Ethan that he is HIV-positive.
George 25–26 August Callum McArthur Two customers at the Hop who unknowingly test Liv Flaherty's (Steele) alcoholism by ordering alcoholic drinks from her. They later see her in the village and persuade Liv to get drunk with them.
Hannah Joelle Rae
JJ 25 August James McDowall A man who arranges a date with Ethan Anderson (John), which is interrupted by Eddy (George Martin).
DS Rogers 24 September – 8 March 2022 Matthew Flynn[31] A detective sergeant who investigates the disappearance of Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) and the following month, investigates the death of Andrea Tate (Anna Nightingale). After Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) leads him to believe that Kim Tate (King) is responsible for the murder, he arrests her. After Kim is released due to no evidence being found, DS Rogers and the police decide that there is not enough evidence to suggest Andrea was murdered. In November, he investigates the murder of Ben Tucker (Lennon). After discovering footage of Liv Flaherty (Steele) attacking Ben, he assumes that it was her who murdered Ben, and charges her for it. After Meena was finally caught out, Liv is released. Meena later frames Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker) for Andrea’s murder. DS Rogers questions Manpreet under caution, although she is later released,
Esme 7–11 October Eva Fontaine[32] Ethan Anderson's (John) mother who he believes abandoned him when he was young. She meets with him to inform Ethan that she had depression in his childhood and left to help her heal.
Thomas Tate 28 October–present Bertie Thomas Brotherton [33] The son of Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) and Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln).
Hazel 3–4 November 2021,
6–7 April 2022
Kate Anthony[34] Andrea Tate's (Anna Nightingale) mother who helps Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) fake his own death. Once people believe that he is dead, the pair take custody of Millie Tate (Willow Bell).
Fiona Murphy 11 November – 31 December Yemisi Oyinloye[35] A woman who meets Nate Robinson (Carter Jurell) at a bar in Hotten and takes him back to her house. She tells him that she is on a break from her partner and the pair have sex. Fiona is later revealed to be the girlfriend of Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick), who is the sister of Tracy Shankley (Amy Walsh), Nate's partner. Fiona reveals that she had sex with Nate to Vanessa and Tracy.
Justine Norris 11 November Ceri Bostock[36] A journalist that interviews Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) on the Hop's ongoing case of health and safety breaches. She attempts to talk to Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon) and Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) for her piece, but they both decline involvement.
Alex Moore 20 December 2021 – 16 March 2022 Liam Boyle[37] The ex-boyfriend of Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) and the estranged father of their son, Lucas Taylor (Noah Ryan Aspinall). He reveals to Lucas that he is his father, and after initially showing anger, Dawn allows him to spend time with Lucas. As revenge on Dawn for taking her boyfriend, Meena (Sandhu) wrongly informs Alex that Lucas lives in a dangerous household and to take action to protect him.


  1. Warren is initially credited as "Drunk Man".


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