Updated 24th April 2003
(2 December 1999 - 31 January 2002
Featured 16 - 20 December 2002)
1st Cousin of Paddy Kirk
See also IMDB entry for James
Profile from Former Official Site
Played by James Carlton
First appearance on 2nd December 1999
Jason arrived on his cousin Paddy’s doorstep on 2 December
1999, saying his parents had thrown him out because he
was gay. Paddy agrees to let him stay. Paddy asks him
to keep the fact that he is gay secret for the time being.
Tricia and Lyn are both quite taken with Jason although
neither of them know about his sexuality.
Jason’s first meeting with the Dingles goes well and
he is a big hit with Zak who thinks that his job as a
roofer is a proper man’s job, unlike Paddy’s. Paddy pleads
with Jason not to tell the Dingles that he’s gay. Jason
just thinks he’s embarrassed by him. Zak asks Jason to
fix his roof. Jason says he will as Zak is family.
It’s Aladdin night in the Woolpack. Viv throws a drink
over Jason by mistake and Gavin takes him upstairs to
change. Bernice and Tricia are downstairs wondering what
is taking them so long. They walk in on Jason and Gavin
kissing. Jason spends Christmas Day with the Dingles
and later he leaves the village.
Jason makes his re-appearance in the Woolpack with Frankie
and Zak. Bernice is not pleased about Jason being back
but decides to let bygones be bygones and put on a brave
face about it. Zak suggests Lisa and Jason go into business
together doing roofing and general building work.
Jason offers to be a stand in bar man at the Woolpack
while Tricia and Marlon go on holiday. Jason receives
a frosty reception when he arrives for his first day
at work. Bernice soon warms to Jason. He’s a crowd pleaser
and makes great cocktails.
He meets an Australian guy called Joe at a club and brought
him back to stay over. Jason and Joe are in love but
Joe has to go back to Australia. They conspire to get
him married so he can stay in the UK. Tricia offers to
be his bride, much to Marlon’s disaproval. They are married
and soon after Joe leaves the village. Jason is devastated
and so is Tricia. Jason turns to Paddy for comfort
and surprisingly Edna is also a source of comfort.
Jason stops the van on the edge of the village to help
a young woman who has gone into labour. There is no time
for an ambulance and he helps to deliver the baby in
his van. She is greatful and names him Kirk after Jason’s
surname. Jason, Latisha and Kirk become close and
Latisha wants more than friendship, but can Jason ever
be attracted to a woman?
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). The following is one of those
profiles - although the coloured boxes and additional information from
2001 onwards on this page have been added.
|For a straight man, actor is James Carlton very
convincing as Emmerdale's Jason Kirk. He plays the first gay male
to be seen in the show and James knew that he would be judged for his
|'He's a very complex character,' explains Jason, 'but from the
feedback I've had so far, everyone's been very supportive.' As Jason, he
quickly bonded with lesbian Frankie Smith but the homophobic Zak Dingle
was hilarious in his efforts to accept Jason as a drinking partner.
|James is still only 22 but, since studying theatre, drama and media
studies in Blackburn, he's already been round the block a few times. He's
worked in television production, journalism and even spent four years as a
tour guide at the Granada Studios where he took groups of 50 people around
the site. |
|Jason's first storyline in Emmerdale at the end of 1999
involved smooching with Bernice's former fiancé Gavin. |
Jason didn't mean to cause trouble and wants to make
Jason's boyfriend (until recently) was Joe Fisher played
by Edward Baker-Duly.