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Bettina ("Betty") Eagleton
Married: Wally Eagleton (now deceased)
First Appearance: 12th April 1994
Born: Possibly 22 January 1934
Played by: Paula Tilbrook
Betty was Seth Armstrong’s childhood sweetheart
who appeared in the village after the plane crash of 1993. She and
during the Second World War. But after the war Betty married Wally and
Seth married Meg. They were reunited in 1994 and Seth proposed. As
wedding drew closer they decided just to live together, rather than get
married. In 1995 Betty and Seth moved into the cottage in the centre
the village. Along with Viv Windsor, Betty tried as hard as she could
to get the gay wedding of Zoe and Emma called off. But the wedding
into a mess, with Betty spreading all the details around the village.
Betty had a very close relationship with the Glover family, and helped
to get Biff and Linda back together in 1996. She was very upset to hear
about the death of Dave Glover in the Home Farm fire. One of her best
moments since her arrival in the village when she took part in the Spice
Girls dance routine in 1997. Another sad moment in Betty’s life was
when Linda Glover died.
Another couple that Betty did a little matchmaking
between were Butch and Emily. In March 2000 Betty was saddened by the
death of Butch, after he had married Emily. Betty comforted Seth after
he got mugged by two girls in Hotten after winning on the horses. She
helped Zak and Lisa through a time when their marriage was in trouble.
She persuaded Zak to tell Lisa the truth about his cancer and helped him
to see a GP.
In 2002 Betty was shocked when she discovered that
Seth had been letting people watch her on the web cam. She was upset
moved into Edna’s house, leaving Seth alone. After a web poll
back into the cottage, although Seth had already told her that he loved
her on the Internet.
In September 2002 Betty took in Laurel
Potts, an entertainer who fell
ill at Tricia and Marlon’s engagement.
At first Betty was put out by Laurel, who knew much better cleaning techniques
than she did.
In December, Alan Turner paid for Betty to visit Kathy in Australia,
who had recently become a mother. Betty returned in 2003 and worried Seth,
with her love of Australia.
Betty was soon back to her usual lifestyle of gossip, a trip to the pub
and shouting at to Seth. But soon she discovered that she had a serious
medical condition – a boil on her backside.
Seth ended up revealing to the village that Betty was antibiotics, but
Betty thought it was
new district nurse Siobhan Marsden who had revealed everything.
About Paula Tilbrook: Paula
has appeared in many shows. She has had a minor role in The Lenny Henry
many other shows. Other credits include Walter and June (1986), Yanks
(1979), Hard Labour (1973) and Butterfly Kiss (1995). Paula started acting
in the 1970’s and has had a career spanning four decades. She has also
had herself featured on This is your Life in 2001.
Profile from official Emmerdale Site that is no more
Played by Paula Tilbrook
First Appearance on 12 April 1994
Marital Status; First husband Wally died in 1993, currently lives with
Seth Armstrong (childhood sweetheart).
Betty offered Seth a home and started cleaning in the village. Eric Pollard,
conned her into agreeing to stage a concert. Seth proposed. They eventually
decided to postpone the wedding indefinitely, but had a 1940’s-style
She was kidnapped by the Dingle’s whilst sleeping in a caravan
with Seth. Was cautioned after hitting a policeman with a frying pan.
She rented a cottage in the village and persuaded Seth to move in with
her. She hosed Seth down after he watched a stripper.
Betty took Linda Glover in. She disapproved of Zoe and Emma’s gay
relationship. She took Tom the teacher in as a lodger and was knocked
unconscious at the quarry meeting. was upset to hear about Dave Glover’s
Betty threw Tom out after catching him with Kelly Windsor. She took part
in Spice Girls routine and was devastated when Linda died.
Betty was pleased when Biff came back to the village and made a fuss
of him. She won a holiday for two to a health farm, but ended up going
on her own because Seth said he couldn’t have time off work.
She offered to let Lisa and Mandy Dingle stay when they were evicted.
She sorted Seth out with a caretakers job at the village hall and attended
Rachel’s funeral. She acted as matchmaker between Butch and Emily.
Betty’s old flame Reggie threatens to come between her and Seth.
Betty reveals she used to be a stripper in her past. She mistakenly asks
Seth to marry her and doesn’t know what to do when he accepts.
She comforts Seth when he gets mugged.
Betty gets a job in Pollard’s tat factory.
She also takes Zak in when he falls out with Lisa. Helps to spread
the gossip about Viv
and Bobs wedding. She tells the village about the Charity, Chris and
Zoe love triangle.
She finds out the true identity of the hit and run killers and makes
it her business to spread the word.
Betty went away to visit Kathy in Australia in December 2002
Friday | 07.03.03
Betty's return from Australia provokes insecurity in paranoid partner Seth.
The gossipy pensioner has been down under visiting friend Kathy Glover and
has come back a changed woman causing him to panic.
He may have been propping up the Woolpack bar ever since she left, but
Seth really wants to make a good impression of his lady now she is back
in his arms. But she has other ideas.
As Seth lovingly prepares a special welcome home dinner for Betty, she
is busy trying to catch up on all the village gossip.
Hurt by her disinterest, Seth begins to fear that he has lost the love
of his life for a second time. And his worries are confirmed when his
long-term partner starts dropping heavy hints about moving away from
Emmerdale - to Australia.
Can he persuade her to stay?