Emmerdale youngster Andy Sugden is troubled by his pal Stephen.
The two friends have been working together on the farm but now people are starting
to question shy Stephen's sexuality, enraging Andy.
Ever since Stephen failed to hit it off with lovestruck teen Donna Windsor,
those around him have wondered what his problem is. Unable to find any good
reason why he didn't make a move on his pretty belle, Robert and Ali have suggested
that it isn't girls that he is really interested in.
Although there is no proof that Stephen is gay, the teasing is eliciting a
furious reaction from Andy. His attitude is coming as quite a surprise to those
around him, especially his girlfriend Katie. When she tries to talk to him
about how to make the situation easier on their confused mate, Andy is unwilling
But it is on Sunday that he really shocks his nearest and dearest. After Robert
and Ali crack some more jokes, Andy stops defending Stephen and joins in with
Why is Andy so homophobic?
Emmerdale youngster Stephen Butler is finding it hard to cope.
The confused lad is sick of all the taunts over his sexuality, especially as
his closest friend Andy has now joined in.
And things go from bad to worse tonight as Donna Windsor, who
had a disastrous date with him, discovers that he might be gay.
Instead of keeping the information to herself, Donna decides to
confront the object of her affections.
William Snape, who plays Stephen, explains, "News gets back
to Donna and she's livid. She lays into Stephen about wasting her
time when he was gay all along.
"Stephen knows Andy was behind this latest lie, and so he
feels very betrayed."
And William reveals that Stephen is not going to put up with the
nastiness much longer.
"I won't say how he solves the problem," he says, "but
it is drastic and it certainly shuts everyone up."
Emmerdale youngster Ollie Reynolds is getting no peace to study.
The troubled schoolgirl is desperate to do well in her exams but
those around her are being insensitive to her work needs.
At first, when she was having to cope with her boyfriend Danny
and granddad Len’s messiness, Ollie felt it was all getting
a bit too much. But she soldiered on figuring things could only
However, since the furore over Stephen Butler’s sexuality,
Ollie has kindly offered furious Katie a place to stay to get space
from homophobic boyfriend Andy.
But now things at the house are getting ridiculous. Having made
up with Andy, Katie is now letting him share her room and there
is no room for Ollie to revise.
Tonight Ollie thinks there is light at the end of the tunnel when
the pair decide to move on. But there plan to find a room of their
own serves to infuriate Andy’s adopted dad Jack Sugden – who
makes it clear that they are no longer welcome at his farm.
Will Ollie be called upon to help out her friends once again?
Emmerdale’s Jack Sugden is torn between work and family tonight.
Ever since his adopted son Andy fell in
love with Katie Addyman, the single dad has been caused no end
Now the young tearaways have set up a squat
on one of Chris Tate’s deserted properties and Jack knows
it is more than his job is worth to ignore the problem.
And true to form, businessman Chris has
been keeping an eye on the comings and goings on Butler Farm.
He has already confronted Jack and told him in no uncertain terms
to evict his troubled son.
But Jack has tried the strict approach with
Andy and Katie and knows it won't work. So he tackles the situation
with a fresh plan. The kindly land manager gently explains to
the teenage lovers that they can no longer stay in the farm and
begs them to return home with him.
Stubbornly they refuse, so Jack is forced
to reveal the true extent of their problems. When he informs
them that Chris has started legal proceedings to get them out,
Katie goes mad – blaming Jack for all their troubles!
Can Jack put his family back together again?
Emmerdale youngster Andy Sudgen is planning for his immediate future.
The farm worker has been squatting at Butler’s Farm with girlfriend
Katie Addyman but the situation has been getting out of hand.
With the threat of legal action being levelled against them by the fearsome
Chris Tate, the young squatters have to make a decision about what to do – and
Having fended off a couple of interested parties in the farm, Andy is becoming
increasingly worried that he will be unable to provide his longterm love a
place to live. However, he has a brave and bold plan of how to change their
The problem is that his idea needs the backing of Chris – who is not
known for his helpfulness to those in trouble. In an effort to make the best
attempt to get Chris’ support Katie and Andy begin rehearsing what to
say to him.
Now all they have to do is convince the hard-nosed businessman that they are
the best choice to run Butler’s Farm.
The farm hand has shown his true colours in the dispute over Stephen’s
sexuality and his fiancée Katie is less than impressed.
And now that Stephen has fled the village in anguish over the
way Andy and the others treated him, Katie is unsure that she wants
anything to do with her boyfriend. In an attempt to clear her head
she leaves the Sugden house and stays with Ollie.
Meantime, Andy is distraught. He knows that he handled the situation
with Stephen badly and feels very guilty that he betrayed their
close friendship. He may have lost his pal but there is no way
Andy is going to let go of Katie.
The young couple have been through hell together.
Initially their families refused to accept their relationship – forcing
them to take drastic measures to remain an item. Katie deliberately
got pregnant but lost the baby – leaving all concerned heartbroken.
But now, as the gulf between them is getting wider, can the teenage
lovers put the past behind them?
Emmerdale, ITV1, Sun-Fri
There’s a lot of arson about in Soapland this year. First,
Billy No-Mates torched Angie’s Den in ’Enders and almost
turned Vicki into crispy pork scratchings. And now juvenile delinquent
Daz takes a match to Scott’s garage in Tateville.
With 2004 barely a month old, the village is one of the most life-threatening
places on Earth after the storm that seriously injured Ashley and
killed Tricia. And, even though Cain is behind bars for contempt
of court, and ‘the prossie poisoner’ Charity is doing
life after being convicted for Lord Tate’s ‘murder’,
Dangerous Daz is still on the loose and a terrible threat to public
For when scumbag Scott refuses him a job as part of his community
service, the tearaway decides to burn his business down.
But if he’s too hot to handle, imagine how Randy Robert
and cheating Katie feel as they secretly stoke their flames of
desire inside the garage when it goes up in smoke. And, as Daz
rushes to the rescue with a bucket of cold water and discovers
them in an embrace, he doesn’t know whether to douse the
fire or dampen their ardour.
Ignoring Robert’s threats not to tell brother Andy, a remorseful
Daz reveals all. And it’s then that a cold-hearted Katie
deceives her fiance yet again and seals the young offender’s
‘Look how he thanks me, sayin’ those horrible things,’ she
simpers to Andy. ‘I love you and I want to be with you more
than anything. But Daz has got to go. If he stays, he’ll
destroy us.’ Or Robert will…
Shell-shocked dad Jack Sugden begins to build bridges with family.
The father-of-three has been struggling to cope in the aftermath of daughter
Victoria's health scare and wants to make things right again.
In order to create an atmosphere of harmony
in their household, Jack knows he has to make his peace with
adopted son Andy. The pair have been at loggerheads ever since
Andy took over Butler's Farm – with Jack as his guarantor.
The kindly estate manager was worried of
his son when he moved in to the farm with young lover Katie Addyman
because he knows how difficult running a farm can be.
But the terror of Victoria's appendicitis
scare has made both men put the quarrels in perspective – much
to the relief of those around them.
Clive Hornby, who plays the stressed out
Jack, explains, "Jack is interfering on the farm because
he sees Andy getting everything wrong.
"Although Jack blanks Andy for a while
at the hospital, they eventually sit down and have a good chat.
I think Jack is really missing farming."
Just one month into the year and this superb soap has done it
all. There's been disaster, death and destruction, grief and sorrow,
a funeral, and then a compelling and explosive murder trial.
Having so surely established its dramatic credentials, Emmerdale
now indulges viewers in some wickedly funny slapstick comedy.
And for all Andy's rippling muscles, there's something hilariously
camp - not to mention suspect - about a strapping lad wearing Viv
Hope's big knickers for a stag week dare, then punching brother
Robert. Never mind the Sugdens, these are the Slug-den Boys.
With Andy and Katie's wedding just two weeks' away, the real question
is whether they'll make it down aisle.
For his part, Andy has to face a run of challenges, the first
being to profess his love for Viv, ending up with him flat on his
back as she stands over him. 'Are they yer knickers?' he asks nervously.
'Or do you keep a leopard up your skirt for emergencies?'
Next, he is dared to steal her precious pants and, after his pals
take his clothes, he has no option but to wear them into the Woolpack.
What kind of twisted pervert steals knickers from a washing line,
then wears them to the pub?' Viv demands. 'They're my favourite
knickers! I wear them all the time.' Oh, dear. That's far too
Meanwhile, Katie is either hopping in and out of bed with Randy
Rob like a frisky kangaroo, or feels so guilty she confesses her
affair. Luckily, she reveals all to the inappropriately-named Chastity,
and she recommends one last fling before marrying.
At least Andy and Katie don't have to worry about who'll wear
the trousers in their relationship. Just who wears the knickers...
BROTHERLY love goes out of the window when Andy and Robert lurch
into a booze-fuelled fight over Katie.
Robert sparks the aggro after he is dumped by Katie. She has been
having an affair with him even though she’s about to marry
Andy, but now says she is going to stay faithful to her fiancé after
The rejection proves unbearable. Robert has too much to drink and
starts a full-on fight with his stepbrother in the pub.
"Emotions are running pretty high and it gets out of control," says
Karl Davies, who plays rampant mechanic Robert.
At the start of the week, Robert turns Pear Tree Cottage into a
real love nest with candles and romantic music, and he and Katie
"Their affair may have started as a fling, but Robert is really
close to being in love with Katie," reveals Karl.
The cheating couple begin to take risks and are almost caught canoodling
in the barn when Andy drives up.
"Robert has to hide behind a haystack when he walks in," says
Katie’s guilt grows as she gets caught up in preparing for
the wedding, and she confides in Chas at the pub that she has a lover.
While Andy performs a string of racy dares as part of his stag week,
Katie takes time to think about what she is doing and she decides
to end the affair.
"Robert is gobsmacked when she says it’s over," says
Karl. "He tries to convince her she’ll be back, but Katie
rings Andy to come and fetch her.
"When he sees Andy and Katie kissing, Robert takes out his
fury on Charity’s car at the garage."
To make things worse, Katie stuns Robert the next day when she confesses
that even though she had to end it, she does love him.
That’s the final straw for Robert, who goes to drown his sorrows.
"He gets plastered in The Woolpack and turns really nasty when
one of Andy’s dares ends up with him kissing Viv," says
"Robert cruelly taunts his brother that Katie is popular with
all of the Windsors, particularly Scott. That makes Andy lose his
temper and lash out.
"Next thing, they are on the floor punching away at each other
and have to be pulled apart by Danny, Syd and Paul."
RESTAURANTS: DINNER DATE: Emmerdale
star serves Brad pie, peasand gravy.(Features)
Daily Post (Liverpool, England); 2/6/2004
KELVIN Fletcher, 20, was born in Oldham, Lancashire and started
acting at the age of seven.
After making several adverts,he appeared in Cracker,In Suspicious
Circumstances and Heartbeat.
He is based in Leeds and plays Andy Sugden in Emmerdale,on ITV1.
You'rehosting an imaginary dinner party and can invite anyone
in the world, living or dead, to your house for one night only...
Q.Who would be on your invitation list -and why?
``I'dhave Martin Luther King. I was always into history at school
and I liked learning ab out him.
Mohammed Ali,just because he's so inspirational. I love watching
old clips of him. I'ma big fan of Robert De Niro and I thought
Leonardo Di Caprio was brilliant in Catch Me If You Can.
``Brad Pitt I like as well. He's great in Fight Club.
JoaquinPhoenix from Gladiator could come along and I think Peter
Kay is great. I suppose I better get some females there as well
so let's invite Beyonce.''
Q.What fo od would you serve?
``My first answer would be chips,peas and gravy. I'measy with
food.I'll have anything. For a starter we could have garlic bread.
``To make it a little bit posh I suppose the main course could
be a nice Italian. Spaghetti bolo gnaise is my favourite.
``To drink: I can't name a red wine but that would be good but
as far as alcoholic beverages go, a pint of lager or Guinness
would do me. And I wouldn't bother with dessert as I never eat
Which music would you play?
``I'ma big music fan but I never limit myself to a certain genre
because I'm into a lot of things. I love northern soul,because
of my dad. Growing up with him, a lot of his music rubb ed off
on me. People like Stevie Wonder would be good and I like Earth
Wind and Fire.I'mgoing to see them in March.I'malso into Eighties
and Nineties stuff,but more hip hop music such as MC Hammer.''
Who would you have as the lackey in the kitchen?
``We call it doing the pots. I'dproba bly get Beyonce to do
the washing up while Muhammed Ali is teaching me how to knock
somebody out and De Niro can tell me his favourite movie scene.''
Which after-dinner joke would you tell?
``I'mnot good with jokes. I like listening to them so Peter
Kay can tell us a few.''
How would this unlikely event compare to the way you normally
``I don't usually have parties because I'mnot a very good cook.I'mnot
very big on the party thing. I can imagine the scenario and it
seems very false.''
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Tuesday | 03.02.04
Emmerdale lovebirds Andy Sugden and Katie
Addyman are feeling nervous.
The happy couple are getting married in a
week and the stress of organising the ceremony
is taking its toll on both.
As the romantic occasion draws ever nearer,
the teenage twosome are both wondering if they
are making the right decision.
Worried about money and still reeling from
having to send his step-brother Daz away, Andy
is finding his mature status hardgoing.
Little does he know that his beautiful fiancée
has chosen a very different route to cope with
her nerves - sleeping with his adopted brother
With all the problems surrounding them, Andy's
kindly dad Jack Sugden offers to pay for Victoria's
bridesmaids dress to ease the financial woes.
But according to actress Sammy Winward - who
plays unfaithful Katie - it's going to take
more than that to ensure the wedding goes off
without a hitch.
She says, "I think what Katie is doing is
scandalous really - I would never do what she's
doing. If you want to cheat on someone you
should just be with the other person - there's
no point being with two people.
"As for marrying the wrong man, I could never
The question is - could Katie?
Emmerdale love rat Robert Sugden is becoming a desperate man.
The hunky teenager has fallen deeply in love with
secret belle Katie but has to watch her marry his
unsuspecting brother Andy.
So with time running out for the illicit duo, Robert
decides he has to stop the wedding - and win Katie
from his duped sibling.
But Robert hasn't banked on Katie's determination
to become a married woman. Although she is deeply
attached to the local bad boy, Katie hasn't seriously
thought about leaving Andy because she plans to end
the affair instead.
Actress Sammy Winward - who plays the flighty bride
- explains, "Katie has always intended to go
ahead with the wedding. Initially she thought that
the affair with Robert was just a little fling.
"Andy is a safe kind of guy and although he's
not boring as such, Katie doesn't find him very exciting
either. Robert on the other hand is a risk-taker
and Katie finds that extremely attractive."
However, with Katie adamant she will marry Andy
and Robert required to take on best man duties -
will the wedding go ahead as planned
Tuesday | 17.02.04
Emmerdale residents gear up for the wedding
of the year.
The village is buzzing as local farmer Andy
Sugden prepares to marry long term love Katie
Addyman in a traditionally romantic ceremony.
But little do the assembled guests, and
Andy, know that Katie has a very good reason
for being jittery as she prepares to become
Having spent the night in bed with Andy's
brother Robert, Katie wakes up nervous and
deeply guilty on the big day. And Robert
- who has previously been the village lothario
- is desperately unhappy that he is about
to lose the only woman he has ever loved.
As a last ditch attempt to win Katie for
himself, Robert makes a heartfelt declaration
of love and reminds his secret lover that
she doesn't have to go through with the wedding.
But Katie has come too far to back out now
- and makes her way to the church.
Actress Sammy Winward, who plays the love
cheat bride, says, "Katie is more nervous
than the average bride because she knows
Robert could spoil everything.
"As soon as Katie walks into the church,
that's it - she's in a bubble of happiness
and she puts her fears behind her. But viewers
will have to see what happens next..."
Will Andy and Katie become man and wife?
It's all a bit hot in the kitchen for Emmerdale's
Andy Sugden who has revealed his ideal dinner guest would
be Muhammad Ali with singer Beyonce Knowles doing the washing
Kelvin Fletcher, who plays Andy Sugden
on ITV1, said he would definitely invite the boxing champion
to a dinner party given the chance.
He said: "I'd probably get Beyonce to clean
the pots while Muhammad Ali is teaching me how to knock somebody
out. He's so inspirational to me and I love watching old
clips of him."
Leeds-based Kelvin, who was born in Oldham,
Lancashire, said he is not fussy with food and that his favourite
meal is spaghetti bolognaise.
Kelvin started acting at the age of seven
and has appeared in Cracker, In Suspicious Circumstances
The 20-year-old actor is also a big music
fan. "I never limit myself to a certain genre because I'm
into a lot of things.
"I love northern soul, because of my dad.
Growing up with him, a lot of his music rubbed off on me.
"I like Earth Wind and Fire and I'm going
to see them in March. I'm also into Eighties and Nineties
stuff, but more hip hop music such as MC Hammer."
Emmerdale bridegroom Andy Sugden gets ready for his wedding day.
The hunky farmer can't wait to make pretty fiancée Katie
Addyman his wife and start a new life together on Butler's Farm.
But a cloud is hanging over Andy's happiness - the recent problems
his step- brother Daz Hopwood has caused him.
When Daz was unceremoniously dumped on Andy by his errant mother
Denise, the responsible young man decided to become a parent to
him. But Daz's penchant for stealing cars and causing mayhem soon
convinced Andy he had taken on more than he could handle.
However, it was only when Daz accused Katie and Andy's adopted
brother Robert of having an affair that Andy finally decided to
put him into care.
Unfortunately for both Andy and Daz, the teen tearaway was actually
telling the truth and ruthless Katie convinced Andy to send him
away when she realised he could expose her sordid secret to the
But with the wedding only a few days away, Andy wonders if he
should include Daz in the festivities - and whether his younger
sibling has forgiven him for abandoning him.
Will Daz ruin the happiest day of Andy and Katie's lives?
HITCH OR DITCH?
For a girl who saw fiance Andy apparently at ease in a pair of
Viv Hope’s leopard-skin briefs during his stag week, teenage
bride-to-be Katie has every reason to worry about her imminent
But spending an anxious night tossing and turning before her big day probably
has more to do with best man Robert being in her bed.
Never mind bridal trains, because in Soapland weddings are like
buses – and this is the second one to come along in the same
week. While the warring McDonalds slug it out in the grand setting
of a country house in Corrie, Andy and Katie make do with the village
community centre festooned with garish balloons like a down-market
lap-dancing club. And Randy Rob is determined the bride definitely
won’t get to the church on time.
‘Make the most of tonight,’ he tells her. ‘It’s
your last chance to do a runner.’
With her knickers round her ankles as he again slides under her
duvet that won’t be an easy option. What started out as a
thrilling saga of illicit lust has turned into a full-blown love
affair. But for once, Katie wants to do the right thing by dull
‘Get dressed and go,’ she tells her lover the morning
after their night of passion. ‘It’s my wedding day.
It’s going to be the happiest day of my life.’
Hitch or ditch? Now that’s the real question.
Extract from The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps
15th February 2004
Sun to Fri - ITV1
HER wedding to Andy should be the happiest day of her young life,
but Katie Addyman is a mass of nerves and mixed feelings as it approaches.
She loves Andy. Unfortunately, she also loves his best man - and
brother - Robert. And she can’t resist sleeping with him on
her last night as a single woman!
As the ceremony looms, Katie is worried about Robert’s increasingly
angry behaviour and fears he is going to wreck the big day.
"It’s all her fault and she knows it," says Sammy
Winward, who plays pretty Katie. "The fling with Robert started
out as a bit of fun, but now it has got way out of hand. The trouble
is, she loves both brothers."
Robert and Katie are almost caught out when Andy finds flowers Robert
sends her, but Katie convinces him they are a gift from her to him.
Later, an out-of-control Robert appeals to Katie not to go through
with the wedding, shouting at her in the street not to marry Andy.
"Katie is hurt and embarrassed," says Sammy. "She
sees how much Robert cares for her. She feels totally torn but is
determined to go through with the wedding, no matter what. She just
can’t let Andy down."
The night before the wedding, Andy follows tradition and packs a
bag, leaving Katie to spend the evening with bridesmaid Donna.
Robert turns up after Donna goes to bed, pointing out this is Katie’s
last chance to do a runner with him, but she resists.
When he leaves, Katie opens a present Andy has left her. It’s
a necklace with a heart-shaped locket inscribed, ‘I love you,
"Katie is terribly moved by Andy’s love," says Sammy. "She
goes off to sleep on the sofa all mixed-up and unsure of what to
do. But when Robert returns, she can’t resist him and leads
him to the bedroom.
"In the morning, Donna almost catches her with Robert. He pleads
with her to change her mind but Katie tries to be decisive - she
is going ahead with the wedding.
"Even when Donna admits red wine has been spilled over her
wedding dress, Katie stays cool," adds Sammy. "She finds
the strength to carry on. But as the big moment approaches, Katie
is on tenterhooks in case Robert wrecks everything.
"It’s unbelievably tense at the church as Katie desperately
hopes Robert lets the wedding go ahead."
The Journal (Newcastle, England); 2/13/2004
You're hosting an imaginary dinner party and can invite anyone
in the world, living or dead. This week, Emmerdale actor Kelvin
Fletcher answers the questions.
WHO WOULD YOU INVITE
"I'd have Martin Luther King. I was always into history at
school. Muhammad Ali, just because he's so inspirational.
I'm a big fan of Robert De Niro and I thought Leonardo Di Caprio
was brilliant in Catch Me If You Can. Brad Pitt I like as well.
He's great in Fight Club. Joaquin Phoenix from Gladiator could
come along and I think Peter Kay is great. I suppose I better get
some females there as well so let's invite Beyonce."
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE?
"My first answer would be chips, peas and gravy. I'm easy
with food. I'll have anything. For a starter we could have garlic
To make it a little bit posh I suppose the main course could be
a nice Italian. Spaghetti bolognese is my favourite.
"To drink: I can't name a red wine but that would be good
but as far as alcoholic beverages go, a pint of lager or Guinness
would do me. And
I wouldn't bother with dessert as I never eat puddings."
WHICH MUSIC WOULD YOU PLAY?
"I'm a big music fan but I never limit myself to a certain
genre because I'm into a lot of things. I love northern soul, because
of my dad.
Growing up with him, a lot of his music rubbed off on me. People
like Stevie Wonder would be good and I like Earth Wind and Fire.
I'm going to see them in March. I'm also into Eighties and Nineties
stuff, but more hip hop music such as MC Hammer."
WHO WOULD YOU HAVE AS THE LACKEY IN THE KITCHEN?
"We call it doing the pots. I'd probably get Beyonce to do
the washing up while Muhammad Ali is teaching me how to knock somebody
out and De Niro can tell me his favourite movie scene."
WHICH AFTER-DINNER JOKE WOULD YOU TELL?
"I'm not good with jokes. I like listening to them so Peter
Kay can tell us a few."
HOW WOULD THIS UNLIKELY EVENT COMPARE TO THE WAY YOU NORMALLY
"I don't usually have parties because I'm not a very good
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Real-life Andy's not ready
to settle down.(News)
Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales); 2/15/2004
Byline: By Wales on Sunday
Marriages rarely run smoothly in soapland so if Emmerdale's Andy Sugden and Katie Addyman finally
tie the knot on Tuesday as planned, it should generate more sparks
than bonfire night.
While Andy has been looking forward to the big day, Katie has
been more interested in seeing his brother Robert behind his
Andy may be keen to rush into marriage in the ITV1 soap, but
real-life alter ego Kelvin Fletcher, 20, is not desperate to
settle down just yet, despite enjoying a strong relationship
with girlfriend Tanya.
'I'm happy as I am at the moment,' he says after another hard
day's filming in Leeds. 'With some weddings and engagements,
I think people forget the actual meaning of it. I know it's taking
the relationship to the next level but I think you can be quite
ignorant about it. I would never marry just for the sake of it.'
Fletcher is happy concentrating on his career. Although he only
turned 20 in January, the Oldham-born actor has had the sort
of experience many aspiring stars would give their eye teeth
He started acting at seven in a local theatre company and was
soon snapped up for a handful of TV roles.
'I did a really funny advert for Comet or Dixons,' he recalls.
'I wanted to buy a washing machine for my mum and I had no money.
I was about 10 at the time.
'So this cheeky lad went up to the salesman who said, 'How are
you going to get it if you've got no money?' I said, 'Well I've
got a 4ft 11in blonde-haired blue-eyed sister. I can trade her
in if you want'.
'I was on the poster as well which sometimes comes back to haunt
me,' he laughs.
With a few adverts under his belt, and the odd episodes of Heartbeat
and Cracker, he became a familiar face with casting directors.
Emmerdale's producers started looking for someone to
play Andy Hopwood in 1996, and he was over the moon when he landed
Fletcher made his debut in July of that year, expecting to stay
for a few episodes. Nearly eight years later and he's still going
'Originally the part was for three episodes,' he explains. 'They
gave me a script and a little insight into the character and
just left me to it.'
Fletcher made the part his own and soon won critical acclaim
for his interpretation of one of TV's most troubled characters.
Five years ago he was given the first of two British Soap Awards
for Best Dramatic Performance, his happiest moment as an actor.
'That was the most amazing thing,' he enthuses. 'The second
one was for scenes and the storyline but winning the first award
His character has certainly had a hard life since making his
Andy's father was a career criminal, his grandmother was an
alcoholic and when she died, series regular Jack Sugden took
the lad under his wing and adopted him.
'When Andy first came into it he was horrible,' Fletcher explains.
'Nobody liked him but as he's grown up he's become a lot more
mature. I think he's very sensitive now. He's got what he always
wanted which is a family so he's less insecure.'
Fletcher empathised with Andy from the minute he picked up the
'I've grown up in a run-down area so I've met people like that.
It sounds strange but making the show gives you an insight into
what it was like to steal cars or not think twice before cracking
somebody on the head.
'Andy as a person is very different to me. It's nice how he
is. He might not be very ambitious but he's quite happy with
a settled life. If he wants that then brilliant. I don't think
he's naive at all.'
Fletcher's success in the role seems to have given the writers
a green light to unleash all manner of misfortune on the character.
Andy was twice suspended from school for vandalism, his dad
accidentally killed Vic Windsor while robbing the post office
and in an attempt to ease Jack's money troubles, the teenager
burnt down the barn for the insurance money - little realising
that stepmother Sarah was inside.
Thankfully, the powers that be decided to introduce some light
into Andy's life. Along came Katie, played by Sammy Winward.
They met in detention and friendship turned to love, both on
and off screen.
Winward shared her first on-screen kiss with Fletcher, although
by the time Andy and Katie were engaged in September 2002, their
real-life relationship had hit the rocks. Fletcher is now happy
with aspiring airline stewardess girlfriend, 19-year-old Tanya
Although he is putting his job first, Fletcher doesn't rule
out the possibility of having a family eventually.
'I always feel happy when I'm with my family and I'd love to
have one of my own, maybe in the next five years. I've often
thought about that but first and foremost is my career.'
While the job may have turned the Emmerdale cast into
familiar faces, fame can take its toll.
'You do appreciate it when people recognise you but I've had
it for so long,' Fletcher explains. 'Sometimes I do want peace
and quiet. Like last night I went to the local pub and these
two women came up and were talking.
'I thought if I was Joe Bloggs you wouldn't come over to me.
'Some people have this idea of what they think of you and what
you're going to be like. If you don't match it then they can't
Although he's happy in Emmerdale for the moment, Fletcher
would like to take on new challenges eventually.
'I would like to do films. That would be my biggest ambition.
Just to play various different types of character.'
And even if he doesn't make it to the big screen, he would be
happy in a different field.
'I'd also love to be a rally driver,' he enthuses. 'The day
I make enough money to stop acting I'm going to do that.'
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Byline: Jim Shelley
IN Emmerdale (ITV), cuteness-as-an-artform
herself, Katie Addyman, was marrying gormless Andy Sugden.
Maintaining the tradition that the bride and bridegroom should
not see one another on the morning of the ceremony (and taking
it a stage further), Katie started her wedding day in bed without
him - and with Andy's brother Robert instead.
They have been having an affair for months now and all the indications
were that the wedding might be the type of tinderbox they invariably
are in soaps - most recently for Steve and Karen McDonald in
Robert and Andy had already had a spot of fisticuffs at Andy's
stag do - though not about Katie, or the fact Robert's sleeping
with her. No, Andy remained, as he so often does, blissfully
Robert had arrived at Katie's the night before, sweet-talking
her with frankly necessary exaggeration ("I needed to see you,
be with you, wake up with you"). As usual, Katie chastised him,
rebuffed him (whay-hay!) and then snogged the face off him -
and not just his face.
"Marrying Andy is what I want more than anything," she insisted
without conviction. Where sleeping with Robert fitted in is anyone's
guess. Any hopes that Robert might sabotage the happy day by
losing the rings or saying that he did indeed know of one very
good reason why they should not be wed, fizzled into nothing
as soon as Daniel Bedingfield's If You're Not The One drifted
over footage of Andy and Katie completing the ceremony (in slow
This was a case of Emmerdale having its wedding cake
and eating it. This was hardly the soppy scene they were making
it out to be.
"May I kiss the bride?" Robert asked afterwards, and he's obviously
going to be kissing her for some time to come.
After Corrie's recent classic, this was somewhat thin fare.
"It's going to be a day to remember," they all said. But it
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Emmerdale’s Robert Sugden discovers the truth about girlfriend Donna
All week anxious Donna’s strange behaviour has worried Robert,
who fears she may be pregnant, but the reality far more serious
As viewers know, poor Donna has discovered she has contracted
sexual disease chlamydia and is struggling to confess her problem
So when she finally plucks up the courage to tell him, Robert
is horrified to think that he may also have chlamydia - and could
have passed it on to secret lover Katie.
Robert knows that if his worst fears are true, the whole of Emmerdale
will soon find out that the pair have duped unsuspecting Andy and
have been enjoying a passionate romance.
And actor Karl Davies, who plays the love rat local, hopes the
secret remains under wraps as he doesn’t want Robert settling
down with the blonde beauty.
He explains, "I’m not sure that I’d want Andy
getting all the girls, while Robert is playing happy families with
"But if Andy ever finds out, it’ll be great to film
- it’s got such huge potential that it makes me feel a bit
nervous. I want to do the story justice."
Sun Online 31st March 2004
By EMILY SMITH
EMMERDALE lovers Katie and Robert Sugden are to have their affair exposed in
one of soap’s barmiest-ever plots — involving a ventriloquist’s dummy.
New bride Katie will be caught in bed with her brother-in-law by his little sister.
Vile Robert threatens to kill ten-year-old Victoria if she utters a word — and
the youngster is left so traumatised she can speak only through her dummy Alfie.
The script reaches a climax of pottiness when the puppet reveals all to Woolpack
landlady Diane Blackstock — illustrated above.
A show insider said: “The affair has been building for months and viewers know
it’s only a matter of time before their secret comes out.
Shock ... Victoria catches lovers
“But nobody would have guessed it would be blurted out with the help of a ventriloquist’s
dummy. It will cause huge shockwaves.”
Viewers will see Robert, played by Karl Davies, caught with brother Andy’s
wife Katie — Sammy Winward — on April 9.
When Victoria is struck dumb, a doctor suggests she gets the dummy to help
her speech return.
And she drops the bombshell while showing him off to Diane — who is engaged
to the boys’ dad Jack. It is the latest in a string of dramatic plots that
has sent Emmerdale ratings soaring.
A spokeswoman for the ITV1 soap said: “All our storylines are well-researched
and this is based on medical fact.”
Party star held
Quiz ... Kelvin
EMMERDALE’S Kelvin Fletcher has been arrested over claims he trashed a girl
The actor — love-tangle farmer Andy Sugden — was quizzed on suspicion of criminal
damage before being bailed.
The 20-year-old was held with a pal after a party in Longsight, Manchester.
Fletcher, who earns £70,000 a year, denies any wrongdoing.
And last night Yorkshire TV said: “It is our understanding that bail is a formality
and the case is being dropped.”
Sun to Fri - ITV1
FIDELITY has never been Katie’s strong point, as she proves just six
weeks after her wedding.
Although keen for her marriage to work, she can’t resist climbing into bed
once again with her husband’s brother Robert and is forced to accept
that her marriage to Andy is over.
Katie tells Robert she’ll leave Andy for him. But before they can put their
plan into action, Victoria sees them in bed together.
Robert orders his sister to keep quiet about what she saw. But is it only a
matter of time before their secret gets out?
"Katie finally admits to Robert their passionate affair was not just a fling
after all," says Sammy Winward, who plays her. "She really loves Robert and agrees
to leave Andy so they can be together."
The week opens with Andy confiding in Robert that he would like to buy the
"Katie is upset that Andy hasn’t talked to her first and they argue," says Sammy. "She
is already feeling down as she is worried about getting her test results to see
if she has a sexually transmitted disease."
She and Robert travel to the clinic together and are relieved to find that
they are in the clear.
"Katie still wants to make her marriage work and she and Andy take a shower together
to forget their quarrel," says Sammy.
But Robert walks in as they reappear in their towels and Katie feels guilty
that he has seen them. Later on, Robert kisses her and tells her that he wants
to be with her for good!
"Katie is torn," says Sammy, "but when she sees Robert packing to go back to
live with his dad, she realises she can’t bear to lose him. She agrees to leave
Andy so she can be with Robert.
"Katie loves Robert in a way that she doesn’t feel about his brother."
Katie snaps at Andy when he suggests they go on holiday with Robert and Donna in
"She resents Andy being nice to her," says Sammy. "Later, she and Robert kiss
passionately and finish up in bed together. They don’t hear Victoria come into
the room and she sees them together.
"Afterwards, Robert overhears her about to tell Jack what she’s seen and just
manages to stop her. He frightens her into keeping quiet."
||Friday | 21.05.04
Emmerdale's Andy Sugden is unable to hold his story
The troubled teenager shot his father Jack by mistake
and his original target - scheming brother Robert
- is helping him cover his tracks.
Ever since his beautiful wife Katie left him for
Robert, Andy hasn't been in his right mind. And despite
his father's strong support, the combination of heartache
and alcohol led Andy to make a huge error of judgement.
And now it's Jack laying in hospital seriously injured
instead of Robert - and the ailing patriarch's fiancée
Diane Blackstock wants answers.
Poor Diane was on holiday when the tragedy occurred
and has flown home to sit by her love's bedside.
And as soon as she lays eyes on the lying brothers,
she knows there's more to the accident than meets
So if Diane smells a rat, has Andy got any chance
of fooling the police over the incident?
||Friday | 21.05.04
Emmerdale emphatically trounced EastEnders in
the ratings on Tuesday night as viewers enjoyed
the special hour-long episode.
Viewers have been gripped over recent weeks wondering
how Andy (Kelvin Fletcher) would exact revenge
on cheating brother Robert (Karl Davies). Both
boys have both been sleeping with Andy’s wife,
Katie, played by Sammy Winward. She’d chosen life
with Robert, but Andy had been spoiling for a fight
ever since they revealed their adulterous affair.
With murder in mind, Andy’s moment of blind fury
ended in catastrophe when he accidentally shot
his father Jack, played by Emmerdale stalwart Clive
Hornby, instead of Robert, leaving him bleeding
and close to death.
“We’re thrilled with Emmerdale’s performance last
night, " said John Whiston, Director of Drama,
Arts and Kids at Granada. "It’s the culmination
of months of hard work for Steve Frost, the writers
and production team and they’ve been rewarded with
“Emmerdale consistently delivers in terms of performance
and quality of production. It’s a real success
story and a jewel in the ITV1 schedule,” he added.
from The Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 23rd May 2004
Sun to Fri (1hr special Tuesday) - ITV1
THERE'S supposed to be a strong bond between father and son, but when Andy accidentally
shot adopted dad Jack in the chest he gave up his rights to family loyalty.
Andy breathes a sigh of relief when Jack comes round. But relief soon turns to
dread when he tells Jack that he intended to murder Robert and Katie -
and his furious dad threatens to grass him up.
"Jack’s so angry, his first reaction is to tell the police," says Clive Hornby,
who plays him.
When Jack wakes up he’s determined to find out the truth. He’s worked out who’s
responsible and insists on talking to Andy alone.
"He says he knows Andy did not pull the trigger by accident," says Clive, "and
demands to know what is going on."
Andy blurts out the details of how he planned to kill Robert and Katie.
"Jack just can’t believe what he’s hearing. He tells Andy he could have killed Victoria," says
Andy pleads with his father not to report him to the police, but Jack is not
"But when the police quiz him, Jack can’t grass on his son and says his mind
has gone blank," says Clive.
"The police put the pressure on, but Jack calls for a nurse and claims he is
The police interview Viv and Donna and discover more about Andy’s
motives, and they return to the hospital to grill Jack again, but he refuses
to help them.
Next, they try to pressure Andy into admitting he meant to shoot Robert and Katie,
but he denies it.
"Jack believes he has done the right thing," says Clive. "He knows Andy’s guilty,
but can’t bring himself to send him to prison. Blood’s thicker than water and
Jack will always stand by his family."
Tell The Truth
||Monday | 24.05.04
Emmerdale's Jack Sugden orders son Andy to tell
The wounded patriarch knows heartbroken Andy deliberately
pulled the trigger to fatally wound adoptive brother
Robert, who recently stole his wife Katie.
Although Jack has always sided with Andy over
Robert and Katie's affair, the horrified father
never thought he would take his revenge so violently.
Nearly killing Jack has served as a wake-up call
to Andy, but Jack feels he must face up to his
Actor Clive Hornby - who plays wise Jack - explains, "Jack
knows Andy was intending to kill Robert, and at
the end of the day, Robert's his son.
"He's livid because it could have been anyone
behind that door - even Jack's daughter Victoria.
Jack has got it all straight in his head, he knows
what he's doing.
"But whether he drops Andy in it, you'll have
to wait and see - I can't give too much away!"