Created 18th January 2003
Updated 11th October 2003
The McAllister Family
The following is based on a profile in the book "The Emmerdale Family Album" (by Michael Heatly and Published by Boxtree Paperback - 30 June, 1995 ):-
The year of 1993 saw not one but two new family arrivals - and in both cases they were to supply much-needed community services in the shape of the post office and Doctor's Sugery
Yet beneath their placid public faces, the Windsors and the McAIlistcrs were as turbulent as any family with growing children
In December 1993, leading the 'brat pack' of new Emmerda/e stars were Noah Huntley and Camilla Power; who arrived as brother and sister Luke and Jessica McAllister. The pair had already appeared together in the children's television serial Moonacre. . . .
In all, Old Hall became home to four people: the doctor, his wife- Angharad. plus teenage children l.uke and Jessica. The position (of teacher at local Hotten Comprehensive School initially gave Angharad McAIlister tle opportunity of keeping a motherly eye on her offspring - but the aflemmth of the plane crash saw her lending a hand in nonacademic ways as the school was commandeered for humanitarian purposes.
Once order was finally restored, the only thing rending the peaceful country air was the noise from Luke's motobike,, which he employed to take him to his final years at school. He fell in with some dubious company, and his naivety seemed set to land him in some scrapes...
Jcssica, though two years younger than her brother, is rather more strcctwise and can quite often prove more mature - though not in matters of the heart. Her parents had hoped a move to the Dales would put distance between her and finace, Danny, a long-haired youth some years older than her, who they regarded as undesirable. Like so many teenagers, however, Jcssica proved less than willing to conform to her parents' wishes, and their disapproval probably prolonged the relationship beyond its natural end.
As may be expected given their positions in the comnmnity, Bernard and Angharad McAIlister were soon well known and respected by all. They both played a part in the` Turners' wedding preparations, and Bernard was a leading light in the administration of the Disaster Fund. Meanwhile. Angbarad proved herself snrprisingly uninhibited beneath a conventional exterior, most notably when persuaded on stage at Lynn Whiteley:s benefit night to cavort with the semi-clad 'Nobbies'.
It was all a long way from their comfortable Surrey life, but for the McAIlistcrs life in the Dales at first seemed just the prescription . . . "
30 Years of Emmerdale -- Lance Parkin
(Hardcover - Granada Media - 7 October, 2002)
From the year 1995 page 94
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Played by Brendan Price
|Angharad's husband, GP Bernard, was acted by Brendan Price, best known as Det. Sgt Frank Bonney, Patrick Mower's sidekick, in Target.|
Played by Amanda Wenban
Amanda Wenban played the McAllister children's mother, teacher Angharad, following her role as 'tart with a heart' Jackie Williams in the serial Families. Trained at the Royal Ballet School, she had danced with the London Festival Ballet before turning to acting.
The following taken from :-25 Yeas of Emmerdale (1997) repubublsihed as "The Emmerdale Companion" (1998) by Anthony Hayward
Amanda Wenban, who left her role as Angharad McAllister in 1995, went on to appear in other serials in both Britain and Australia. Australian-born, she returned to her homeland and took roles in both Home and Away and Echo Point but flew back to Britain the following year to play bitchy Ruth Tyler in the second series of the steamy Granada Television serial Revelations.