Created 10th April 2004
Updated 22nd May 2004
About Donna Windsor
Appeared: 25 February 1998 -
Currently Played by: Verity
(Sophie Jeffrey Played the original Donna from 10th August 1993 - Autumn 1997)
Profile From The former Official Site
Played by Sophie Jeffrey then Verity Rushworth
1994 [this event didn't happen until at
She helps her mum when she marries Bob but Donna is livid when Viv tries to change her name on the school records to Hope. She asks Marc to sleep with her again and they sleep together at her house. Is caught by Viv and Bob in an intimate situation with Marc and ordered home. Marc soon gets bored and concentrates all his attention on the new girl in the village, Eve. Donna decides she wants to join the army. But the teenagers in the village are involved in a terrible accident; they have killed their teacher in a hit and run accident. Lies and deceit come easily to Eve and Donna doesn’t trust her one bit. Will this jepordise her chances of joining the army?
CHEATING Viv Hope wants nothing more than for her husband, Bob, to forgive and forget her fling with a limo driver. Bob, however, is not in the mood to show mercy.
He’s determined to give Viv a hard time and wreak revenge.
“Bob really loves Viv,” says Tony Audenshaw, who plays the cheated husband. “That’s
why he was so devastated when he learned she’d been unfaithful.”
Bob then demands the Lothario tells him about his session with Viv.
“Matti the driver is scared he is going to get thumped by Bob again,” says Tony. “He admits Viv said it was just a one-off because she loved her husband. The fling didn’t count.
“Bob decides if flings don’t count then he’ll have one himself, and he bursts into the pub searching for a willing partner. But, he can’t bring himself to be unfaithful to Viv.”
Viv begs Bob for a second chance but he insists their marriage is over.
The next day, they receive the news that Donna, Viv’s daughter, has collapsed
- and her friends
“That puts the row in perspective,” says Tony. “Viv sobs that Donna has tried to kill herself and, naturally, Bob comforts her.
“It’s soon clear that Donna hasn’t taken an overdose - it was a cry for help and attention.”
One good thing does emerge from Donna’s collapse, though. “The scare brings Bob and Viv closer,” explains Tony. “But when Viv’s hopes rise, Bob insists that they’re not back together; they’ve got to take the future very slowly.”
Drink hell of Emmerdale wild child
Thursday | 03.04.03
Emmerdale's Donna Windsor is set to shock the village tonight.
In an effort to blot out the whole sorry affair, Donna decides to get drunk and enjoy herself with her friends. But the evening soon turns into a nightmare.
An Emmerdale insider explains, "Viv hasn't noticed the effect that her strife is having on those around her and fails to spot Donna sneaking out a load of alcohol from the shop.
"As the youngsters gather down by the pavilion to play spin the bottle, Donna has decided to escape the marital problems at home and is determined to drown her sorrows.
"The game continues and she consumes more and more alcohol - despite Katie's warning to slow down. Unconcerned by Katie's words, Donna sinks her drink at a pace before passing out - claiming to have taken some pills."
As the ambulance comes to her rescue, mum Viv is forced to drag herself out of her own misery to face up to what has happened. And the enormity of the event brings her and Bob together as they worry about whether Donna will survive.
Will it be enough to make them reconsider?
SUN 26th July 2003
The teenage twosome split up last week when Donna discovered roguish Robert had been wooing local lovely Elaine Marsden behind her back.
Determined to preserve her self-respect Donna has held her head high after discovering the heartbreaking truth about her boyfriend. Robert, who has little respect for either girl, was unrepentant about his cheating behaviour, leaving Donna to vow never to get involved with him again.
But Robert's new romance hasn't panned out in the way he had hoped. Sensible Elaine has refused to give in to his pressure for them to sleep together and it seems that Robert will be taking cold showers for some time.
However, when Donna marches round to the farm to collect some belongings from him, Robert finds himself drawn to her again. Dressed up to the nines and with an attitude to match, Donna is every teenage boy's dream. And soon the pair find themselves in bed together again.
But is Robert interested in Donna for her mind....
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, Mrs Sugden’.
"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."
Sun to Fri - ITV1
NEWLYWED Katie is determined to put her fling with Robert behind her and make her marriage to Andy work.
But she’s horrified when Robert starts working on the farm, and then moves in to the spare room with Donna - all in a bid to make her jealous.
"It’s a nightmare," says Sammy Winward, who plays the teenage bride. "She wants to forget about Robert, but how can she when he’s living under the same roof?"
Jack ignites Katie’s problems when he suggests that Robert helps Andy with the lambing.
"Katie has a go at Robert and asks him what on Earth he’s playing at," says Sammy.
"She insists that it’s over between them but Robert seems determined to revive the affair."
Donna is upset that Robert has been spending all his time at the farm and asks Katie how she can get him back.
"Katie warns Donna to steer well clear," says Sammy. "And she suggests to Andy that they take in a lodger to help out, in the hope that whoever it is will do so much work that there won’t be any extra chores for Robert."
But next day, Robert and Donna call round to announce they are back together and, after staying for a while, they ask if they can sleep over to avoid drink-driving.
"Katie is furious," says Sammy. "She makes a scene but Andy can’t see what the fuss is about.
"It’s even worse for Katie when Robert and Donna keep her awake with their antics in the bedroom. Katie gets so angry when Robert has a dig that she worries Donna will start to suspect something."
The next night, when Katie and Andy’s car breaks down, Katie goes to get Robert, because he sold it to them. But she sees him sneaking Donna into the Sugdens.
She flips and tells Viv what her daughter is up to. Viv tells Robert’s dad, Jack - who has banned Donna from the house as it sets a bad example to Victoria - and he’s furious.
Donna and Robert both find themselves in trouble at home, so they decide to move in at the farm with Andy. Robert calls Andy and gets the all-clear.
"Katie returns home later to find she is now part of a cosy foursome," says Sammy. "Robert and Donna are making themselves at home and he’s pleased with himself.
"Katie is shattered. How can she put the past behind her if he’s right under her nose? Andy is puzzled and asks why she’s so upset, but he’s the last person she can tell.
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WHAT'S BUGGING DONNA?
Robert's affair with his brother's wife Katie is dangerously close to being exposed after his other lover, Donna, is told she has a sexually-transmitted disease.
Poor, deceived Donna has no idea of the possible implications when she reveals to Robert that she is suffering from chlamydia.
Robert is outraged at the possibility that Donna might have given him the disease - but then is horrified when he realises that if he has it too, he could have passed it on to Katie. And if she goes on to infect husband Andy, it’s almost certain to lead to their affair being discovered.
When Donna first gets her diagnosis she tries to confide her fears to Katie, but she says she is too busy with an essay and tells Donna to go and talk to her mum instead. All this leaves Donna feeling miserable, isolated and abandoned.
"She tries to talk to Robert," says Karl Davies, who plays the rural Romeo, "but the only response he can manage is to try to take her to bed again. When he finally notices that Donna is behaving differently, he starts to worry, and Andy suggests that she might be pregnant."
Eventually, Donna does tell her mum, Viv, who is completely mortified. She makes such a fuss that Donna is terrified she will confront Robert. Donna only manages to talk her mother out of it by insisting she should be the one to break the bad news to him.
"When she finally comes out with it, he is really angry," says Karl.
"Robert has never treated Donna very well, and this week he is pretty appalling to her. But when he considers the possibility that the disease could well expose his affair with Katie, his heart sinks. That could smash the whole family to pieces.
"It sparks an angry row between Robert and Katie when he tells her, and they realise they both have to get tested straightaway and pray the infection hasn't spread."
All week anxious Donna’s strange behaviour has worried Robert, who fears she may be pregnant, but the reality far more serious implications.
As viewers know, poor Donna has discovered she has contracted sexual disease chlamydia and is struggling to confess her problem to Robert.
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 Katie!
"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.
6th April 2004 - From this is Grimsby