Created 31st January 2004
Updated 27th May 2004

About Karl Davies who plays Robert Sugden in Emmerdale

Karl Davies


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 - written around 2001.

Click to read Christopher Smith's Profile19 year old Karl Davies first appeared as Robert Sugden in August 2001, taking over the role from Christopher Smith.
In the storyline Robert had left Emmerdale on May 31st 2001 to stay with his Grandmother Annie and her husband Amos Brearly in Spain, after the shock of finding out that Andy, his adoptive brother, had been responsible for starting the fire that killed his mother Sarah.

When Robert returns he goes to great lengths to get Jack on his side by offering to help out on the farm and being charming to everyone. "He seems to do a good job fooling his dad," says Karl. "Jack think's he's making a great effort to get along with Andy, but infact, when his dad is not around, Robert is being very nasty."

So how far will Robert go to disrupt Andy's life? "At first it's all mind games, " says Karl. "but ultimately he believes he can push Andy out of the family for good.

Off-screen, Karl is fitting in nicely on the show, but he felt it daunting being a character that someone else has played.
" As Robert's character has altered so much, it has made it easier for me," says Karl. "I don't have to pick up so much where the previous actor Christopher Smith left off."
Karl is also enjoying the challenge of playing someone four years younger than him. "I feel that I can draw on the fact that I can look back and think that I've been there and done that, "But as far as going out and that sort of thing is concerned, it makes things difficult - for instance as Robert, I still can't have a drink in The Woolpack!"

Cover Story:: I've been slapped, called a pig... by myfans.(Features)

Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland); 2/15/2004

Byline: BY STEVE HENDRY

Soap star and extreme sports fan Karl Davies has a list of things he is not allowed to do.

The Emmerdale actor's contract bans him from outdoor activities such as snowboarding and skiing and they won't let him try diving and parachuting.

But none of Karl's favourite sports are as dangerous as playing love rat Robert Sugden. Robert has gone from village bad boy to out-and-out villain after sleeping with his brother Andy's (Kelvin Fletcher) fiancAe Katie Addyman (Sammy Windward).

And Karl, 21, has been getting a lot of stick from fans. He said: 'I was out shopping in the January sales when a random lady walking past stopped me, put her hand on my chest and said, 'You're Emmerdale, aren't you?'

'I said, 'Well just a little bit of it', which I thought was quite a witty answer for being so surprised.

'And then she gave me a good prod and said, 'Well, I don't normally recognise people from the TV but I recognise you because you're a pig!' And walked off. She was deadly serious.

'I was in front of a queue of people waiting for a sandwich at Marks & Spencer at the time and they were killing themselves laughing at me. Thanks very much.'

Karl is bracing himself for more flak this week when wedding bells ring for Katie and Andy. Robert is the best man but in name only, especially when he beds the bride - again - the night before the nuptials.

Next day he forgets the rings. But, as dad Jack (Clive Hornby) looks on, will he keep his mouth shut or ruin the big day?

The shocking plot is the latest twist in the Dales-set soap's plan to rival EastEnders and Coronation Street. There has been a run of explosive storylines, including the death of Chris Tate (Peter Amory) and trial of his wife Charity (Emma Atkins).

But while Robert's antics are popular with viewers they have put Karl off marriage for a while. He said: 'I've never been a fan of marriage at this age but I can see many more complications now, to say the least.

'Thankfully, I haven't got a brother who would do that to me.

'But I'm happily single and that's the way it's going to stay for a while after this.'

The storyline has put Karl centre stage but he admits he had doubts it would work.

He said: 'I had a meeting with the producers last year when they said the story was going to come up and at first I thought, 'It won't work'. Andy and Katie were deeply in love and supposed to be this perfect couple. I couldn't see it.

'But I think the way it's panned out has made sense. She is basically bored with a mundane life and I'm just a bit of excitement on the side.'

The actor comes from Stockport, near Manchester, but now stays in Leeds, sharing a house with a number of co-stars, including Tony Audenshaw, who plays Bob Hope, and best pal Vicky Binns, who used to play Ollie Reynolds.

Karl describes it somewhat ruefully as a 'spontaneous party house', since it is where the cast tend to end up after a night out.

He gets his thrills away from work in extreme sports, pushing himself as far as bosses will allow. Karl said: 'We are not allowed to do anything too extreme or to go skiing, snow boarding or anything like that while we're under contract. But I'll try anything once.

'Climbing is a big passion of mine, usually indoor because it's a bit safer.

'I used to do it in competition when I was around 14, 15, and 16. It was just local competition at junior level.

'I wouldn't say I was any great shakes but there was a climbing wall near where I lived. I used to really enjoy it but because of work I don't get to do as much.

'I've got to do scuba diving one day, that's the next on my list to tick off, and skydiving, eventually.'

Karl's taste for heights came in handy during the Emmerdale cast's annual charity fund-raising outing to Inveraray, Argyll. He went wing-walking on a bi-plane and had his tracksuit all but ripped from his legs by the wind. The poppers up the sides burst open and flapped behind him as they flew.

Karl said: 'I'm up for it but I'll probably let somebody else do the wing-walking next time because it's a great experience. But if there's any other crazy activity to do, I'll do it.'

Given his encounters with angry fans, some would say continuing with his role as Emmerdale's Mr Nasty comes into that category. But he has high hopes for screen character Robert.

In fact, Karl has his fingers crossed Robert's behaviour gets worse.

Besides, as far as he's concerned, Robert is not really all bad - just misunderstood.

He said: 'Robert and Andy have a history and are never going to be the best of friends.

'But he's not doing it because of a hatred for Andy - it's more a love for Katie and unfortunately Andy's the casualty. It started as one-upmanship on his brother but it's gone much further than that now.

'There's a lot of life in Robert, especially now he's becoming more of an out-and-out villain instead of a bit-player.

'He has been growing up, earning some money and becoming an all-round nasty character, so, hopefully, there's somewhere that can go.'

First, though, there's the wedding. Karl, Kelvin and Sammy are good friends off-set and have discussed what they think will happen.

They are not giving anything away but it is fair to say nobody's banking on a happy ending. Karl said: 'We'll have to wait and see. It has hit Robert hard that he's fallen in love with Katie. It is new territory for him and he doesn't know how to deal with it.

'He's not very good at expressing his feelings - except for his physical ones, obviously.

'All I can say is a lot happens. Robert realises he has to stand there as best man by his brother and watch him marry the woman he loves.

'It's just a question of whether he can stand there and not speak out.

'And, of course, there is that moment in the ceremony when the vicar says, 'If anybody knows a reason why this man and woman should not be joined together in holy matrimony, speak now...'

Seems we will just have to wait and see what happens. It will undoubtedly all end in tears. Karl is just worried they might be his next time he pops out for a sandwich.

Four soap weddings and a whole lot of trouble and strife A wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life - unless you live in soap land, that is, where it is more likely to turn into a disaster.

Alfie Moon and Kat Slater

EastEnders' barman Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) and tart with a heart Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) were supposed to take their vows on Christmas Day but Santa failed to bring Alfie's divorce papers in time.

He organised a fake wedding with an old pal standing in for the registrar but couldn't go through with it and confessed all to a distraught Kat and packed Queen Vic. But love found a way and he finally got his paperwork in order, talked the real registrar into abandoning his Christmas dinner and persuaded Kat - who had locked herself in the loo - to come out and become Mrs Moon.

Mel Healy and Ian Beale

The wedding of Mel Healy (Tamzin Outhwaite) and Albert Square's evil toad Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) on Hogmanay 1999 drew more than 20 million viewers and was a lesson in emotional blackmail.

Ian pressurised a reluctant Mel into going through with their ceremony by pretending his daughter Lucy (Casey Anne Rothery) had cancer.

Mel only went through with the service to be a good step-mum to Lucy. But when she found out later that day Ian had hidden the letter saying Lucy had been given the all-clear, it was their relationship which was terminal.

Mike Baldwin and Linda Sykes

In September 2000 Coronation Street saw Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and Linda Sykes (Jacqueline Pirie) walk down the aisle.

It was supposed to be the wedding of the millennium until Mike's son and best man Mark Redman (Paul Fox) revealed he was having an affair with the bride and got legless in an upstairs room of the wedding venue.

Roy Cropper (David Neilson) had to stand in as best man while the unhappy couple went through with their vows.

Hayley Patterson and Roy Cropper

In April 1999 the strangest soap wedding took place - and that's saying something - when transsexual Hayley Patterson (Julie Hesmondhalgh) and Roy Cropper tied the knot.

It wasn't legal under UK law but a friendly vicar agreed to give the couple the church wedding of their dreams - until Les Battersby (Bruce Jones) tipped off the press. Their wedding had to be called off at the last minute but Cupid couldn't be daunted and the couple had their day in Roy's Rolls cafe and Hayley changed her name by deed poll.

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