Updated 24th June 2005

Diane Sugden - previously Blackstock
(nee Lambert)

Appeared: 23 November 1999 -

Played by: Elizabeth Estensen

Diane was Born 21 June 1947

On 19th August 2004 Diane revealed she had colon cancer. This was a major story for Emmerdale in the coming months. Emmerdale worked closely with Colon Cancer Concern to ensure the story was accurately portrayed and the true facts of the illness were represented.


Diane's relatives :-

Baby Gabby's Christening - from L to R Nicola, Ashley, Bernice, Gabby, Rodney and Diane

Married 1st: Rodney Blackstock,
Divorced: circa 1974

Married 2nd: Jack Sugden Tuesday 21st September 2004

Only child: Bernice Marie Thomas (nee Blackstock)

2 Granddaughters:
Gabrielle ("Gabby") Bernice Thomas
(b. 25 Dec 2001)
Diane (surname not revealed in programme) - known as "Little Diane" (b. offscreen 21 Sep 2004)

3 stepchildren: Robert Sugden, Andy Sugden & Victoria Sugden.

Step-granddaughter: Sarah (daughter of Andy)

Sister: Val Lambert (some scripts suggest 10 years Diane's junior. However it is more likely that Val is 7 years younger)

Diane has said she was 12 when her childhood ended because her mother died and she had to take the place of her baby sister's mother.

One nephew Paul Lambert and one niece Sharon (children of Val)

According to "30 Years of Emmerdale" Diane has a nephew called Paul who had previously been briefly mentioned in the series around 2000. He lived in Italy. A storyline even involved Bernice going to visit him on holiday. Recently Paul has been mentioned quite a lot since his mother Val arrived in the series in February 2004.

Paul Lambert finally arrived in Emmerdale on the 10th September 2004 and on the 20th September 2004 Val revealed to Diane that Rodney was his father.

So Diane's nephew turns out to be the son of Diane's ex-husband and half-brother to her own daughter Bernice.

Click on one of the below for more info

Diane Blackstock's Character Fact File

Profile of Elizabeth Estensen

Click here for any concerns or just information on Colon Cancer.  Also  read how Colon Cancer Concern are helping with Diane's story so it is portrayed accurately.
Emmerdale Rasies Awareness of Colon Cancer NEW

Links To Extenal Sites

IMDB Entry for: Elizabeth Estensen