Updated 27th May 2004
Emily Kirk (previouslyDingle)
First Appearance: 5 May 1999
FAMILY: The daughter of JOHN WYLIE. Her mother died when Emily was two years old.
Maried Butch Dingle on his death-bed in 24 March 2000.
Best friend: Nicola Blackstock (who everyone else hates).
Paddy and Emily began fostering in late 2002, first a boy called Jacob, then sisters Chantelle and Carly and finally Debbie Jones (who they became very attached to).
A Huge Big Thank you to Paul Berridge who has made various profiles and photos availabe to me. They were previously on his Beckindale site (that is no more). This paged is based on some of his original material upto 2001
See also IMDB entry for Kate McGregor
Kate first joined Emmerdale as simpleton Emily, her character was a
source of gentle comedy but her recent traumatic scenes have been more
demanding as Emily became strong in the face of adversity.
|'I've found it challenging, but emotionally draining,' admits Kate. 'When I finish work, I have a laugh with my mates and boyfriend to get it out of my system.'|
|Kate often finds people that recognise her away from the set of Emmerdale and laughs at their surprise when she speaks - 'I always leave Emily's little voice behind at the studios!' she says.|
Profile of Emily from former Official Site
ACTRESS: KATE McGREGOR
CHARITY begins at Home Farm this week when Mrs Tate takes the surprising decision to give her daughter Debbie a home.
Foster mum Emily says she can’t look after Debbie any more, and the youngster is devastated. Her birth mother, Charity, has preferred a more distant relationship with the child she gave away as a baby, but she can’t bear the thought of Debbie in a children’s home.
“Charity can’t believe that Emily has sent her daughter Debbie packing,” says
Emma Atkins, who plays Charity.
Emily insists she can’t look after Debbie properly
“Charity just blurts out that Debbie should stay with her,” says Emma. “I think she’s surprised to hear herself saying it.
“Fortunately, Chris really likes Debbie and he’s delighted. It makes
them more of a family and Charity is pleased
Emily tries to put a brave face on Debbie’s departure, but she is very hurt and upset at the prospect of bumping in to her former foster child around the village.
“Charity is delighted when Debbie moves in,” says Emma. “She goes to great lengths to make her daughter feel happy.
“And Charity encourages Debbie to make up with Emily.
“Debbie thanks Emily and Paddy for having her and promises to visit in the future.”
But Emily knows that Debbie is only saying what Charity told her to say and feels all the more desolate.
Foster parents Paddy and Emily Kirk have decided they can no longer cope with the heartbreak and jealousy caused by the renewed relationship between the pair. When Charity discovers their decision she goes ballistic and has a furious row with the couple.
However, only Charity herself can mend the situation – but will she decide that it is time to welcome Debbie into Home Farm?
Emma Atkins – who plays Charity – is convinced she will do the right thing.
She says, “At first Charity found the prospect of being a mother very daunting. She just wanted Debbie out of her life. But now there is a bond growing between them, and Charity is taking responsibility for her actions at last.”
Charity was furious when she found out that Paddy and Emily put Debbie back into care. And she decided to take matters into her own hands.
However, her decision to offer her daughter a home could cause shock waves through the village.
Emma Atkins, who plays the feisty Tate, says, "It's an impulsive response. She's not actually weighed up the pros and cons. But that's Charity all over.
"She thinks husband Chris may be angry with her for making a decision without consulting him first. But Charity is adamant that her husband will be fine with it.
"And her sister-in-law Zoe, wonders if it really is the best thing for everybody."
Will the duo – separated for so long - now be able to play happy families?
from The Sun's Weekly Guide to the Soaps 11th April 2004
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