Created 31st January 2004
News stories about the character of Tricia and the actress Sheree
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Emmerdale favourite Sheree Murphy was once dumped by a boyfriend at Christmas - but said it was her best festive season ever.
"This relationship I was in ended and I couldn't face staying around at Christmas when everyone else was having a good time," said Sheree, 27, who plays dizzy Tricia.
"My friend was singing on a cruise ship, so I went to the Caribbean for three weeks. I was sipping cocktails, having Christmas dinner in the blazing heat. It was great."
These days though Sheree's a homebird and is married to super-rich Leeds United striker Harry Kewell. The couple have a baby son, Taylor.
"I do like a traditional Christmas at home in Yorkshire, and that's where I'll be this year," she told TV Plus. "Harry has to leave at 4pm on Christmas Day to play a game. It's a shame but I'm used to it."
However, the actress will be surrounded by family when her husband has to go to work.
"We had Harry's family over last year from Australia so it's my family's turn this time around," she said.
"He's from Sydney but I've not been over there yet. I've always wanted to go, always, even before I met Harry. Now I'm married to an Australian and I've never even been, but I'll get there eventually."
Sheree's "thrilled" over pregnancy
TRICIA is ecstatic when the surprise Valentine’s Day wedding she’s organised for her and Marlon goes like a dream.
Marlon is over the moon to accept the sudden proposal and stunned to discover that almost everyone in the village is there for the ceremony.
But, as always in soap, the wedding has a few last-minute hitches.
“Marlon is really moved,” says Mark Charnock, who plays the gobsmacked groom. “He loves Tricia very much and he still regrets that their first ‘wedding’ went wrong. But he never had an inkling Tricia was going to get it so right second time. He’s in heaven.”
At the start of the week, Marlon hasn’t the slightest idea that Tricia is planning anything.
But it’s almost all for nothing when Rodney opens his wedding invitation in front of Marlon.
Luckily he manages to pass it off as a Valentine’s card. “Then, Marlon almost catches Paddy practising his best man’s speech,” says Mark.
“But Paddy pretends to Marlon that he’s writing a romantic message for Emily.”
Meanwhile, Bob offers to throw a stag night for Marlon, without letting him know what they’re really celebrating. Marlon is surprised when all the men in the village seem to want to buy him drinks.
“Even when a stripper arrives, Marlon doesn’t know it’s been organised for him,” says Mark.
“They pretend it’s all for Sam’s birthday. By the end of the evening he’s so drunk he doesn’t even notice when Ashley mentions the ‘big day on Friday’.
“And he still doesn’t twig when Steph asks him to try on a suit she’s ‘altering for a friend’. She’s really making sure his wedding suit fits, but he panics that she’s coming on to him again. When she goes to take his inside leg measurement, he calls a halt and gets rid of her.”
In the meantime, Tricia realises that she hasn’t got enough money to pay for all the wedding bills and is deeply upset when she is forced to sell her expensive dress.
On the day itself, the villagers try to keep Marlon and Tricia apart. Marlon is determined to tell Tricia her mother is trying to wreck their relationship again, but he never gets the chance.
Diane has him busy preparing food for a special Valentine’s party, which of course is really for his wedding.
Tricia is overjoyed when Steph buys her expensive dress back for her and, with everything finally in place, Paddy tells Marlon it’s time for Tricia’s Valentine’s surprise, puts a blindfold on him and escorts him to the church.
“Marlon is very puzzled,” says Mark. “At the church, Paddy ushers him inside and takes off his blindfold to reveal Tricia waiting, looking beautiful in her lovely wedding dress. He gives Marlon his suit to change into.
“He is astonished. Tricia asks him if he’ll give her another chance and marry her. He is overcome with emotion but happily accepts.
“Marlon is just delighted as he and Tricia tie the knot. At the reception he thanks everyone for helping make him and Tricia so happy. And Steph explains to him that she was only trying to get his suit to fit.
“He just has one surprise of his own to reveal - a hot air balloon that he had planned as his Valentine’s Day surprise for Tricia. The happy couple sail up, up and away.”
Sheree plans for new arrival
Sheree Murphy, who plays Emmerdale barmaid Tricia Stokes, is looking
forward to the arrival of her baby this summer.
Sheree and her husband, Leeds United striker Harry Kewell, already have a son, Taylor, who was born in 2001.
She told The Daily Mirror's The Look magazine: "Harry was desperate for another baby. It was a shock to discover I was pregnant again so soon, but we're thrilled."
She added: "I don't enjoy being pregnant. With Taylor I was physically sick all the time. This time I felt I was dying. I am finally starting to enjoy it, but I can't say I'm blooming. It's hard to feel sexy in support bras and maternity knickers, but Harry boosts my confidence."
Sheree doesn't feel she has much in common with the stars of the ITV1 drama Footballers' Wives.
She added: "I watch that and laugh. I admit we have the money
to be able to buy lovely things, but life just isn't that glamorous.
I have very little to do with the football side of things and don't
really socialise with the other wives because I'm always at work.
As for the affairs with the chairman...I've only said hello to
Tricia is convinced that there’s another little Dingle on the way when she suspects she may be pregnant.
But the test shows up negative. When she tells her husband, Marlon, the newlyweds are disappointed but try to assure each other that it’s for the best.
“Tricia discovers she is not expecting a baby on April Fool’s Day, but it’s definitely no joke,” says Sheree Murphy, who plays the Dingle lass.
“When she first suspects she’s pregnant, Tricia confides her feelings in Dawn, who insists that she must take a test straightaway. And Tricia decides to find out the truth before she tells Marlon.
“But accident-prone Tricia drops the test down the lavatory! Dawn calms her down and they get another one, but they leave the packaging behind - only for Marlon to find it.”
Marlon thinks it’s an April Fool’s joke played by Terry. But when Terry denies all knowledge, he realises he may be a father. “He asks Tricia if they are going to have a baby but she tells him the test was negative,” says Sheree.
“They laugh and try to convince each other that it’s a relief as they couldn’t afford to bring up a child right now.
“But deep down they are both pretty upset because they both love kids and would love to have a baby of their own.”
Terry tells Marlon he should be honest with his wife. When Marlon reveals he would like to start a family, Tricia surprises him by saying that she feels the same way.
Marlon is worried about money and asks Diane for a pay rise. Diane says she’ll think about it but reckons Louise won’t agree.
So Marlon considers applying for the vacant job of village postman, thinking it will fit in with his chef hours and will bring a welcome boost in income.
Bollywood calling for Tricia
an Emmer-veil bride
The Woolpack barmaid, played by Sheree Murphy, 27, dons Eastern dress before flying to India for six months to star in a romantic movie.
A film crew visits the village and she gets the part of an extra after learning the Hindu lingo. Then the star falls ill and she lands the lead role.
Sheree is taking a break from the soap to have her second child with Leeds soccer star Harry Kewell.
ITV1 will show her scenes next week.
EMMERDALE barmaid Tricia Dingle swaps pints for saris when a Bollywood film crew turns up in the Yorkshire Dales.
The Woolpack worker lands a role as an extra before she steps in to play an Indian bride when the leading lady falls ill.
And the newlywed soon forgets about husband Marlon when she grasps the chance to finish shooting the film in India.
Sheree Murphy, who plays Tricia, said: "Filming the scenes was fantastic, so authentic and a lot of fun.
"It's not every day that Bollywood comes to town and Tricia isn't the sort of girl to let an opportunity like this slip through her fingers."
Hard-up Tricia’s idea of Eastern promise is a trip to Scarborough, but this week she gets the chance of a lifetime to fly to India after a Bollywood movie crew start filming in the village.
Dawn and Tricia win roles as extras and when one of the actresses falls ill, Tricia is asked to take over the part.
“Tricia can’t believe it,” says Sheree Murphy, who plays her. “Marlon is always saying she’s a bit of a dreamer, but it’s really happening. Then the director says it means going to India for six months.
“Marlon is furious,” adds Sheree, who is taking maternity leave from the soap. “He says she doesn’t know a thing about these people but she reminds her husband that he said people have to seize their opportunities in life.”
Out with the old and in with the new takes on an ominous
meaning for the big three soaps with their sensational New Year episodes.
There are two weddings, two crashes and a thundering storm that bring
danger and devastation, with one star dying, three others seriously
injured and so many walking wounded that you’ll probably be
glad you saw it all from the safety of your armchair.
Absolutely fantastic. Exactly on the 10th anniversary of that plane coming down on the village, a natural disaster hits the Dales. And the raging storm that uproots trees, cuts off the electricity and sends the roof of the Woolpack crashing down on dopey Donna’s 18th birthday party, is responsible for the human carnage. But the howling wind, thunderclaps and torrential rain are also the backdrop to some serious emotional devastation and desolation. And you will cry.
In some incredibly moving scenes, Marlon tries to persuade her to stay and even buys her a puppy and writes her a letter with 101 reasons why he loves her. But, over New Year’s Eve and Day, the full force of the storm hits Tateville. Ashley and Louise crash and the vicar is in danger of losing a leg. Then Trish is buried in masonry as the Woolie is struck by lightning – and Marlon’s bricking it, too.
The effects are spectacular and the acting superb as Emmerdale proves it will maintain its standards of excellence into 2004. And, best of all, there is also the usual humour to counterpoint the poignancy of Marlon cradling his beloved wife.
“I’m never going away anymore,” she promises, grimacing from her injuries. “Look what happens.”
But Marlon should remember that a dog is for life and, sadly, one person is about to lose theirs.
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