Created 3rd April 2004
|Dawn Woods (nee Hope)||
played by Julia Mallam
|16 February 2003 - present|
Eithne's Profile for Dawn ©2003
Character: Dawn Woods (nee Hope)
Married: Terry Woods
Parents: Bob and Jean Hope
Siblings: Jamie, younger brother, a younger half brother and a younger half sister
Age: 19 in February 2003
First Appearance: 16th February 2003
Played by: Julia Mallam
Biography: Dawn first appeared with Terry Woods after a holiday to Spain. They had fallen in love and gotten engaged. Bob, Dawn’s father, was shocked by the news that his daughter was getting married to Terry. Jean, Dawn’s mother soon turned up, but Dawn wouldn’t budge and was intent on marrying Terry, despite the age difference. Jean later returned to Spain.
Dawn and Terry later moved into a house in the village. Bob continued to try and break them up, but his plotting and schemeing didn't work. On March 18th 2003 Dawn married Terry. But the wedding wasn't exactly one of the quitest in Emmerdale history as Bob interupted in the middle of the ceremony. Bob had been told by Jean about Viv's fling with a chauffer on Tricia's hen night. But Dawn married Terry in the end.
TERRY has been a loser in love so often that the village is in shock when he returns from Spain with a smile on his face and a beautiful young girl on his arm.
As the couple walk into The Woolpack, Bob is mortified to realise that Terry’s new lover is his 19-year-old daughter Dawn - and she is wearing an engagement ring!
Terry tries to laugh off the embarrassment, but Bob can’t see the funny side and sets out to block any wedding.
“Terry can’t believe his good fortune,” says Billy Hartman, who plays the ageing groom-to-be. “He was bitter at being rejected by Louise as he went off on holiday, but he soon forgot about that when he met Dawn.
“He is an old romantic. He was desperate to fall in love. He doesn’t care about the age difference if Dawn doesn’t. It’s a bit awkward her being Bob’s daughter but Terry is fed up of living alone. He has a chance of happiness and is not going to let Bob or anyone else get in his way.”
Louise, newly returned from her own break in Australia, is one of the first people to see Terry and Dawn, and is clearly taken aback that he has got over her rejection so quickly.
The gossip about Terry’s fresh-faced fiancée spreads like wildfire. At first, Bob insists people should not be judgmental about someone just because she is young. But when Terry and Dawn walk into the pub, Bob is astonished it’s his daughter they’re talking about.
“Terry tries to break the ice, joking that Bob
Bob knows that Terry was head over heels in love with Louise only a very short time ago. He tells Dawn she must leave straightaway, but she flatly refuses.
Bob’s ex-wife Jean rushes over from Spain and the couple start arguing over who is responsible for their daughter’s disastrous decision to get married.
“Bob accuses Terry of using Dawn to get over Louise and insists he put an end to the relationship,” says Billy.
“Terry refuses, even though Bob clearly feels betrayed by the man he thought was his friend. The following day, Terry asks Ashley about getting married in the village and he says they can have a wedding in three weeks’ time. Terry is over the moon.”
Bob tells Dawn he will get used to the idea but he’s still bitterly opposed to the match.
“Terry tries to talk Bob into accepting the wedding,” says Billy. “But when he asks Bob to be his best man, he gets a very angry response!
“Then, Chris comes up trumps when he says Terry
and Dawn can rent a house in the village. It is definitely not going
to be easy, but Terry is convinced he and Dawn can make a go of life
The Sun 8th March 2003
Bob is so keen to stop his teenage daughter Dawn marrying Terry that he agrees to fight dirty. But the plot blows up in his face.
Bob decides to go ahead with a sneaky scheme dreamed up by his ex-wife Jean, and appeals to Louise to seduce Terry.
But she is horrified by the idea and immediately tells Terry about it. Terry confronts his old friend and tells him he can’t believe the lengths he’s going to just to stop the wedding.
And Terry insists that it wouldn’t have worked anyway because he truly does love Dawn.
“Bob is at his wits’ end with worry as the wedding preparations are stepped up,” says Tony Audenshaw, who plays the frantic father.
“He thinks Dawn is throwing her life away for a man who really loves someone else. He pleads with Dawn again to reconsider but she refuses to listen.
“Dawn asks Bob to accept the wedding and to give her away. With a heavy heart, he agrees.”
But Bob confesses to Viv that he is worried Dawn is only marrying Terry to find the father figure she missed as a child.
And Jean urges Bob to prove to their daughter that Terry is really in love with Louise.
“Bob can’t see any other solution, so he questions Louise about Terry,” says Tony.
“She denies they ever had a fling and is even more outraged when Bob suggests that she seduce Terry to show Dawn who he really wants.
“When Terry has a go at him later, Bob sees that he’s running out of friends fast. But he still can’t stand the thought of his little girl becoming Mrs Terry Woods.”
IT'S no surprise that tears are shed in the Dales on Terry and his young bride Dawn’s wedding day.
As one marriage begins, it could be the end of another. Fists fly when father-of-the-bride Bob accuses Viv of cheating on him.
“Bob doesn’t know if he’s coming or going,” says Tony Audenshaw, who plays Viv’s harassed hubby.
“He’s so wound up about Dawn and Terry he doesn’t think about his own marriage. His ex-wife Jean is out to cause trouble and she tells him Viv slept with limo driver, Matti.”
Bob thought it was Steph who had been steaming up the windows on Tricia’s hen night, but when he asks Diane, the look on her face tells him the truth. “He is absolutely shattered,” says Tony.
“He loves Viv and has been totally faithful to her. And he is also desperate to stop Dawn marrying ‘Mr Wrong’.”
But Dawn’s mind is made up. And she is thrilled when Jean books a limo for her. Jean is so keen to cause trouble between Viv and Bob she deliberately hires rent-a-car Romeo Matti.
As the service starts, Bob rushes in and demands the wedding be stopped. Dawn stands up to him and Terry tells Bob his own marriage is an example of how a couple can find happiness.
“That tips Bob right over the edge,” says Tony. “He just blurts out that his own marriage is nothing to go by because Viv slept with the limo driver.”
As Jean smirks in triumph and Viv pleads with her husband, Bob belts Matti and storms off.
Next day, Terry pleads with Bob not to leave the village.
“He might not know what is going to happen to his marriage, but he is never going back to Jean!”
Newlywed Dawn gives husband Terry a shock when she tells him he is going to be a father, but he manages to convince his bride that he is pleased.
“Dawn is over the moon,” says Julia Mallam, who plays her. “But she sees something is troubling Terry. He admits he is concerned for Louise but insists his feelings are purely platonic. It’s the last thing Dawn wants to hear, but she believes Terry when he seems delighted that they’re having a baby.”
Dawn’s dad Bob is stunned. “Bob thinks it was a shotgun wedding,” says Julia. “But Dawn tells him, very forcefully, that she and Terry only wed because they love each other. Bob’s wife Viv doesn’t take it at all well. I don’t think she sees herself as a grandma!”
Terry realises he’s got to keep himself in shape and starts jogging again. Bob joins him and the two bond as Bob sees how much Terry loves Dawn.
Viv tries her best to accept the news but she snaps when Nicola tells her she’d make a perfect grandmother.
But Dawn is blissfully happy. “She is suspicious about Terry’s feelings for his ‘friend’ Louise,” says Julia, “but she’s sure the baby will bring them closer.
Emmerdale newlywed Dawn Woods has big news for husband Terry.
And when a test confirms the news, Dawn starts to worry about how the revelation will affect her fledgling marriage. Especially since Terry has become preoccupied with his former love interest landlady Louise Appleton.
Julia Mallam, who plays the young mum-to-be, says, "When Dawn realises she may be pregnant, it's a pretty emotional moment. Dawn and Terry haven't been arguing, but there has been a little bit of friction between them because Terry is so overprotective of Louise.
"So, what should be a happy moment is marred by the fact her husband is always harping on about another woman.
"But Terry reassures her that Louise is just a friend. It does placate her - but both Terry and Dawn are worried about what the other is thinking.
"They weren't planning on starting a family yet - they've only just got married. But neither is talking about what's really bothering them in case they don't get the response they were hoping for."
Will the news make or break the troubled twosome?
The trouble starts when Dawn spends time at Home Farm with Chris Tate's young son Joseph and his friend. The pal suddenly comes down with a bout of German measles and is rushed to hospital – much to the distress of those around him.
When Dawn's husband Terry Woods finds out about the incident he is terribly worried. Aware that the illness could pose a real threat to his new family, he begs Dawn to consult her doctor.
Terrified Dawn does what he says and so begins their anxious wait to see what will happen.
Actress Julia Mallam – who plays the pregnant Dawn – is glad the soap is tackling such issues.
She says, "When people chat to me it makes me realise how much
they enjoy watching the show, and how important storylines like this
are in soap as they raise public awareness."
The heartbroken husband is trying to make sense of young wife Dawn's decision to leave him and fears losing son TJ too.
Now Dawn has called time on their marriage, the young mum is determined to get some breathing space. Unfortunately, living in such close proximity means that the couple are forced to confront each other.
And when Dawn informs her recovering stroke victim ex that she plans to take baby TJ to Spain with her as she sorts her life out, Terry is further enraged.
After seeking advice from his lawyers, devastated Terry sees a glimmer of hope when he is informed Dawn can't legally take TJ out of the country.
But when the headstrong teenager ignores the law and makes her way to the airport, Terry is forced to call the police.
Can Terry hold on to his shattered family?