August 2001 -
IMDB entry for: Karl
Son of Jack & Pat
b. 22 Apr 1986
Merrick, Andy Sugden (adopted),
half-siblings, Sandie Merrick, Victoria
Profile from former
Played by Christopher
Smith then Karl Davies
First Appearance 22 April 1986 (Originally played by Robert Smith)
Family; Dad Jack; Mum Pat; adopted brother; Andy
Robert takes Andy to Demdyke Quarry and is unable to stop him getting
trapped. He gets help for him. Sets the tone for the rest of the
relationship, with Robert continually trying to rescue his friend
from all kinds of trouble
Andy starts to bully him, and Robert gradually starts to fight back.
left in charge of his sister, Victoria, while Jack continues his affair
with Rachel, and senses that something is wrong between his parents.
Mum Sarah tells him about his dad's affair and he catches Jack kissing
He teases Andy about fancying Emma and writing a poem. He is embarrassed
when Emma gives him a goodbye kiss. He asks Ned for boxing tips to scare
off bullies, then punches Donna Windsor in the face. Robert overhears
Sarah telling Jack that she does not love him anymore.
Discovers that his mum has left to be with Richie. He skives from school
and then goes to see Sarah and blames himself for the split up of
He is told that Sarah has died. He tells the police what he saw the night
of the barn fire and is overjoyed when Jack is allowed home.
He sees Richie in the village and attacks him, blames him for killing
Robert has to go to court as a witness. Admits to Andy that he sometimes
thinks that Jack may have killed Sarah. He asks Diane if she thinks Jack
Attends Sarah’s funeral. Is emotional when Jack has to go back
to prison, and waits for the verdict on his dads trial.
The trial opens with Richie testifying that he saw Jack light the barn
fire. Robert is called to give evidence, and claims he saw Jack try
to save Sarah. Under examination, Robert begins to falter, but miraculously
Richie changes his statement and Jack is found not guilty.
Jack and the kids try to rebuild their lives and go on holiday to Spain.
Andy confesses to Andy that it was him who lit the fire. Robert cannot
forgive him, and starts his vengeance by flirting with Andys new girlfriend
Robert is involved in a hit and run with the other teenagers in the village,
and spins a web of lies to try and get away with murder.
Donna is delighted to help new driver Robert turn his car into a
passion wagon. But when Robert starts getting distracted by another
woman, Donna is instantly jealous.
While Robert insists he and Elaine are just mates and he’s
helping her learn to drive, Donna is not so sure.
“Donna really fancies Robert,” says Verity Rushworth,
who plays the teenage temptress. “The trouble is, living in
a tiny village means that there’s nowhere for them to go to
“When Robert passes his test and gets a car, Donna is delighted!
They head off to a quiet country lane where nature takes its course.
“Donna is thrilled, until Robert remembers he is supposed
to be taking Elaine out for a driving lesson.
“Furious, Donna insists on going too and makes such a nuisance
of herself chattering from the back seat that Elaine reverses into
Later, Elaine tells Donna she doesn’t fancy Robert, but Donna
isn’t convinced. And when Robert and Elaine are alone in the
car when it runs out of petrol in a country lane, he starts flirting
She reminds him he already has a girlfriend, but will temptation
get the better of them?
The Sugden schoolboy has already captured the heart of Donna Windsor
but has set his sights another village lovely - newcomer Elaine Marsden.
And Robert is finding his new set of wheels is the perfect excuse
to lure unwitting Elaine to got out with him - even if she has no
idea of his romantic intentions.
The pair embark on a second driving lesson tonight, free from Donna's
watchful eyes. And Robert ensures that the car runs out of petrol
miles from home so they are forced to spend some quality time together.
But Elaine has no intention of becoming another notch on his bedpost.
And luckily for her, dad Ronnie, has also sussed Robert's game.
Ronnie is furious to discover that Elaine has not turned up for
work, and that she is with Robert. He hunts for the pair and when
he finds them, Elaine is dragged home with clear instructions not
to go near Robert again.
Donna is delighted that Elaine is out of the picture but will Robert
give up so easily?
STRIFE OF THE PARTY
RONNIE and Frances throw
a Seventies party and as the drinks flow it seems that
romance is in the air for some of the revellers.
Laurel takes a drunken Ashley back
home and tells him she loves him - but
by then he is asleep on the sofa. And
with Donna away, Elaine and Robert share
But there is no happy ending for either couple.
" Laurel is besotted by Ashley," says Charlotte Bellamy, who plays the lovelorn
Miss Potts. "Nicola tries to warn Laurel not to make a fool
of herself but Laurel thinks she can make Ashley happy."
Louise mentions she is going to try her luck
at speed-dating, a night of five-minute mini-dates, in the hope
of finding a new man. Lonely Ashley takes an interest, so Laurel
instantly wants to come too. The evening goes slowly until Ashley
and Laurel finally have their mini-date.
" They have a great time," says Charlotte. "But I don’t think he thinks of her
as a possible partner. They go back to the Marsdens’ party afterwards and by
then Ashley has really had too much to drink. Laurel takes him home and, as she
settles him onto the sofa, she whispers to him that she loves him. But by then
Ashley is fast asleep!"
Meanwhile, Robert and Elaine share a tender kiss but Elaine is
instantly wracked with guilt over Robert’s regular girlfriend,
Robert coolly says that no-one need know, which only upsets Elaine
further and she rushes off in tears.
Emmerdale's Robert Sugden and Donna Windsor are playing romantic
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....
Emmerdale's Robert Sugden has had
a tricky time recently trying to choose between the
two women in his life - but things are about to get
The two-timer, who has been romancing
Donna Windsor and Elaine Marsden, puts one of the
girls in grave danger after crashing his car.
The drama happens when Robert,
played by Karl Davies, decides Elaine is the girl
for him and takes her on a romantic picnic in the
hope of a little passion.
But they end up rowing when Elaine
rejects his advances and he says he might get further
if he was a woman!
Elaine storms off and Robert follows
her in the car. He persuades her to get in but disaster
strikes when they continue to argue and Robert is
so distracted they end up crashing.
Amazingly Robert staggers away
from the wreckage, leaving Elaine in the car covered
He has no idea if she is dead or
alive but panics at the thought of getting into trouble.
The episode is shown on September
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A BUM STEER
RANDY Robert’s attempts to get Elaine to
sleep with him lead to a car crash in which she
gets badly hurt - and her shameless suitor blames
her for the accident!
"When Elaine agrees to go for a picnic, Robert
is convinced this is his big chance," says
Karl Davies, who plays him. "But Elaine wants
to take things slowly and storms off when he tries
to make a move."
Robert jumps into Elaine’s car and hurtles
after her. He manages to persuade her to get in
but, while talking to her, he loses control of
the vehicle, which crashes in to a ditch and hits
a tree, dazing Robert momentarily and knocking
Elaine out cold.
"Robert panics," says Karl. "He
could lose his licence and his job, so he drags
Elaine over to the driving seat to make it look
as if she was driving!"
While Robert has only minor injuries, Elaine is
rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured skull.
"When Elaine comes round, she can’t
remember anything," adds Karl. "She accepts
Robert’s story and he starts to think he
is off the hook."
Monday | 26.01.04
Emmerdale's illicit lovers Robert and Katie have been
The cheating twosome were rumbled by Daz Hopwood
- and it looks like only a skilled bit of blackmailing
will conceal the truth.
When Daz set fire to Scott Windsor's garage, he
had no idea that he was about to stumble on a terrible
secret. He has been under the care of kindly step-brother
Andy and feels that his older sibling and fiancée
Katie are his closest friends.
The realisation that Katie is sleeping with Andy's
adopted brother is a huge shock, as is Robert's
plan to keep him quiet.
Actress Sammy Winward - who plays adulterous Katie
- says, "Robert warns Daz to keep quiet and
- to ensure his silence - Robert takes the blame
for starting the fire.
"They hope that will be the end of it, but
they are still nervous. Daz is quite unreliable
and Katie is terrified that he will tell Andy the
truth. She is worried about these near misses they
keep having - but that worry obviously isn't enough
to stop her sleeping with Robert. "
Will Daz stay true to his word?
Tuesday | 27.01.04
Emmerdale's Daz Hopwood is double-crossed by bad boy
The tearaway teen has stumbled upon Robert's secret
affair with brother Andy's fiancée Katie
Addyman but his troubles are just beginning.
When Robert and Katie realised that they had been
caught, their first thoughts were of how to keep
young Daz quiet. The cheating duo struck a deal
with Daz, where Robert agreed to take the blame
for the fire in exchange for Daz's silence.
However, Andy knows that his brothers are keeping
something secret from him and figures that they
know the true circumstances surrounding the blaze.
But when Andy presses Robert for information, Daz
is horrified to discover the true extent of his
Breaching their pact entirely, Robert tells Andy
the truth that Daz was to blame for the fire, knowing
that the revelation will diminish his trust in
the troubled youngster.
So when Daz offers Andy the truth about his deceitful
loved-ones, will the trusting farmer believe his
ITV.COM Guilty Conscience
Thursday | 29.01.04
Emmerdale cheat Katie Addyman is troubled by her deceitful
The blonde beauty is troubled by her affair with
bad boy Robert Sugden and the way they have destroyed
a young life.
Ever since Robert and Katie were caught in a passionate
clinch by her fiancé Andy’s stepbrother
Daz, she has been in a panic.
Desperate to conceal the truth from unsuspecting
Andy, the pair have gone to great lengths to ensure
Daz's silence. But after their blackmailing failed,
Katie told Andy it was either her or Daz and he
was promptly dispatched into a care home.
Now Katie’s conscience has started to bother
her, and she decides the only way to appease it
is to end her affair for good.
But when she tries to finish with Robert, she
ends up back in his arms again.
Actress Sammy Windward explains, "Katie feels
terrible about what she is doing, but something
keeps drawing her back to Robert.
‘She hasn’t intentionally allowed
it to carry on, but Robert adds excitement to her
life and as a young girl, she feels she needs that
at the moment.
‘Katie loves Andy but they have so much
responsibility that they are old before their time.
Robert keeps her feeling young."
NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE
ROBERT and Katie’s hot affair almost ends
with them being burned alive when tearaway Daz
sets Scott’s garage on fire.
The lovers manage to get out safely, but Daz then
spots Andy’s bride-to-be and adopted brother
At first, Robert tries to persuade Daz into keeping
quiet. But when the truth comes out, Katie says
the wedding is off unless Daz is put back into
"It’s a horrible thing to do," says
Sammy Winward, who plays Katie. "But she is
so infatuated with Robert that she is not really
Daz decides to torch the garage after Scott refuses
to let him do his community service there, which
means he will be sent back to Manchester and placed
in a youth offenders’ scheme.
As Daz starts the fire outside, Robert and Katie
are enjoying a steamy liaison inside - and have
locked the doors so they are not disturbed.
The pair realise the place is ablaze and escape
just in time, but are seen kissing by Daz.
Realising the boy is on to them, Robert promises
to take the blame for the fire if Daz keeps quiet.
But Andy doesn’t buy Robert’s story
- he rightly suspects that half-brother Daz was
Trying to get the truth out of Daz gets nowhere,
but when Andy talks to Robert again he admits that
Daz started the blaze.
When an outraged Daz then blurts out to Andy that
he saw the lovers together, bride-to-be Katie is
forced to take action.
"Andy doesn’t believe Daz," says
Sammy, "and Katie insists that Daz has got
to go because of all his lies."
Disgusted with Daz, Andy tries to send him back
to his mother, Denise, but she wants nothing to
do with him.
"Katie tells Andy straight that if he doesn’t
get rid of Daz, it will be the end of their relationship," Sammy
explains. "Andy sends Daz into care, despite
the boy’s pleas that he is telling the truth."
When a social worker arrives to collect Daz, Andy
is upset as his young half-brother reminds him
of his promise to stand by him.
"Katie does feel guilty afterwards," says
Sammy. "She tries to end the affair because
of all the troubles it’s causing.
"She is supposed to be getting married in
three weeks, but is so attracted to Robert she
can’t resist him, and they finish up in bed
again. Next day, they almost get caught in bed
when Paul calls round.
"Robert wants them to go to a hotel for more
privacy, but Katie refuses. She is feeling guilty
about the whole thing.
BROTHERLY love goes out of the window when Andy
and Robert lurch into a booze-fuelled fight over
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 get passionate.
"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
"Robert has to hide behind a haystack when
he walks in," says Karl.
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
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 Karl.
"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."
Emmerdale's Robert Sugden finally
gets in touch with his emotions.
The unscrupulous love rat has taken
great pleasure in seducing and dumping
an array of village beauties but
he's finally met his match.
In Katie Addyman - his brother Andy's
longterm love and fiancée - Robert
has found his perfect woman. Although
the pair began their illicit liaison
with no preconceptions of a proper
relationship, both have now become
Fearing that her feelings are getting
totally out of hand, Katie decides
she has to finish things with her
bad boy lover. She is determined
to go through with the wedding and
wants to rid herself of the terrible
guilt she feels.
But Robert is heartbroken by her
Actress Sammy Winward explains, "He's
quite un-Robert-like when Katie tells
him. You would expect him to move
straight on to the next girl, but
he takes it really badly.
"I think Katie is his first real
love, but he has fallen for completely
the wrong girl and he can't accept
that it's over."
How will Robert cope with his heartbreak?
There's some terrible news
in store for four youngsters in the tragedy-hit
village of Emmerdale.
They are left reeling when
a VD epidemic sweeps the village, and fear
they have contracted chlamydia after a sex
merry-go-round, according to The Sun.
Bride-to-be Katie Addyman,
played by Sammy Winward, goes for tests after
sleeping with her future brother-in-law,
and the best man, Robert (Karl Davies).
He realises he has the
disease after sleeping with Katie's bridesmaid
Donna (Verity Rushworth) on the wedding night.
Katie is scared that hubby-to-be
Andy Sugden (Kelvin Fletcher) will be infected
and will find out about her cheating ways.
The VD storyline is due
to unfold next month.
A spokeswoman for Emmerdale
told The Sun: "It will be very carefully
"Chlamydia affects a lot
of young women and men, many do not realise
they have it.
" It will cause a lot of
heartache for Katie who fears Andy is also
infected and she will have to tell him everything
about her affair with his brother Robert."
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 nuptials.
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 Andy.
‘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.
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?
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
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
"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
I've been slapped, called a pig... by myfans.(Features)
Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland); 2/15/2004
Byline: BY STEVE HENDRY
Soap star and extreme sports fan Karl Davies
has a list of things he is not allowed to
The Emmerdale actor's
contract bans him from outdoor activities
such as snowboarding and skiing and they
won't let him try diving and parachuting.
But none of Karl's favourite sports are
as dangerous as playing love rat Robert Sugden.
Robert has gone from village bad boy to out-and-out
villain after sleeping with his brother Andy's
(Kelvin Fletcher) fiancAe Katie Addyman (Sammy
And Karl, 21, has been getting a lot of
stick from fans. He said: 'I was out shopping
in the January sales when a random lady walking
past stopped me, put her hand on my chest
and said, 'You're Emmerdale, aren't
'I said, 'Well just a little bit of it',
which I thought was quite a witty answer
for being so surprised.
'And then she gave me a good prod and said,
'Well, I don't normally recognise people
from the TV but I recognise you because you're
a pig!' And walked off. She was deadly serious.
'I was in front of a queue of people waiting
for a sandwich at Marks & Spencer at
the time and they were killing themselves
laughing at me. Thanks very much.'
Karl is bracing himself for more flak this
week when wedding bells ring for Katie and
Andy. Robert is the best man but in name
only, especially when he beds the bride -
again - the night before the nuptials.
Next day he forgets the rings. But, as dad
Jack (Clive Hornby) looks on, will he keep
his mouth shut or ruin the big day?
The shocking plot is the latest twist in
the Dales-set soap's plan to rival EastEnders
and Coronation Street. There has been a run
of explosive storylines, including the death
of Chris Tate (Peter Amory) and trial of
his wife Charity (Emma Atkins).
But while Robert's antics are popular with
viewers they have put Karl off marriage for
a while. He said: 'I've never been a fan
of marriage at this age but I can see many
more complications now, to say the least.
'Thankfully, I haven't got a brother who
would do that to me.
'But I'm happily single and that's the way
it's going to stay for a while after this.'
The storyline has put Karl centre stage
but he admits he had doubts it would work.
He said: 'I had a meeting with the producers
last year when they said the story was going
to come up and at first I thought, 'It won't
work'. Andy and Katie were deeply in love
and supposed to be this perfect couple. I
couldn't see it.
'But I think the way it's panned out has
made sense. She is basically bored with a
mundane life and I'm just a bit of excitement
on the side.'
The actor comes from Stockport, near Manchester,
but now stays in Leeds, sharing a house with
a number of co-stars, including Tony Audenshaw,
who plays Bob Hope, and best pal Vicky Binns,
who used to play Ollie Reynolds.
Karl describes it somewhat ruefully as a
'spontaneous party house', since it is where
the cast tend to end up after a night out.
He gets his thrills away from work in extreme
sports, pushing himself as far as bosses
will allow. Karl said: 'We are not allowed
to do anything too extreme or to go skiing,
snow boarding or anything like that while
we're under contract. But I'll try anything
'Climbing is a big passion of mine, usually
indoor because it's a bit safer.
'I used to do it in competition when I was
around 14, 15, and 16. It was just local
competition at junior level.
'I wouldn't say I was any great shakes but
there was a climbing wall near where I lived.
I used to really enjoy it but because of
work I don't get to do as much.
'I've got to do scuba diving one day, that's
the next on my list to tick off, and skydiving,
Karl's taste for heights came in handy during
the Emmerdale cast's annual charity
fund-raising outing to Inveraray, Argyll.
He went wing-walking on a bi-plane and had
his tracksuit all but ripped from his legs
by the wind. The poppers up the sides burst
open and flapped behind him as they flew.
Karl said: 'I'm up for it but I'll probably
let somebody else do the wing-walking next
time because it's a great experience. But
if there's any other crazy activity to do,
I'll do it.'
Given his encounters with angry fans, some
would say continuing with his role as Emmerdale's Mr
Nasty comes into that category. But he has
high hopes for screen character Robert.
In fact, Karl has his fingers crossed Robert's
behaviour gets worse.
Besides, as far as he's concerned, Robert
is not really all bad - just misunderstood.
He said: 'Robert and Andy have a history
and are never going to be the best of friends.
'But he's not doing it because of a hatred
for Andy - it's more a love for Katie and
unfortunately Andy's the casualty. It started
as one-upmanship on his brother but it's
gone much further than that now.
'There's a lot of life in Robert, especially
now he's becoming more of an out-and-out
villain instead of a bit-player.
'He has been growing up, earning some money
and becoming an all-round nasty character,
so, hopefully, there's somewhere that can
First, though, there's the wedding. Karl,
Kelvin and Sammy are good friends off-set
and have discussed what they think will happen.
They are not giving anything away but it
is fair to say nobody's banking on a happy
ending. Karl said: 'We'll have to wait and
see. It has hit Robert hard that he's fallen
in love with Katie. It is new territory for
him and he doesn't know how to deal with
'He's not very good at expressing his feelings
- except for his physical ones, obviously.
'All I can say is a lot happens. Robert
realises he has to stand there as best man
by his brother and watch him marry the woman
'It's just a question of whether he can
stand there and not speak out.
'And, of course, there is that moment in
the ceremony when the vicar says, 'If anybody
knows a reason why this man and woman should
not be joined together in holy matrimony,
Seems we will just have to wait and see
what happens. It will undoubtedly all end
in tears. Karl is just worried they might
be his next time he pops out for a sandwich.
Four soap weddings and a whole lot of trouble
and strife A wedding is supposed to be one
of the happiest days of your life - unless
you live in soap land, that is, where it
is more likely to turn into a disaster.
Alfie Moon and Kat Slater
EastEnders' barman Alfie Moon (Shane Richie)
and tart with a heart Kat Slater (Jessie
Wallace) were supposed to take their vows
on Christmas Day but Santa failed to bring
Alfie's divorce papers in time.
He organised a fake wedding with an old
pal standing in for the registrar but couldn't
go through with it and confessed all to a
distraught Kat and packed Queen Vic. But
love found a way and he finally got his paperwork
in order, talked the real registrar into
abandoning his Christmas dinner and persuaded
Kat - who had locked herself in the loo -
to come out and become Mrs Moon.
Mel Healy and Ian Beale
The wedding of Mel Healy (Tamzin Outhwaite)
and Albert Square's evil toad Ian Beale (Adam
Woodyatt) on Hogmanay 1999 drew more than
20 million viewers and was a lesson in emotional
Ian pressurised a reluctant Mel into going
through with their ceremony by pretending
his daughter Lucy (Casey Anne Rothery) had
Mel only went through with the service to
be a good step-mum to Lucy. But when she
found out later that day Ian had hidden the
letter saying Lucy had been given the all-clear,
it was their relationship which was terminal.
Mike Baldwin and Linda Sykes
In September 2000 Coronation Street saw
Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and Linda Sykes
(Jacqueline Pirie) walk down the aisle.
It was supposed to be the wedding of the
millennium until Mike's son and best man
Mark Redman (Paul Fox) revealed he was having
an affair with the bride and got legless
in an upstairs room of the wedding venue.
Roy Cropper (David Neilson) had to stand
in as best man while the unhappy couple went
through with their vows.
Hayley Patterson and Roy Cropper
In April 1999 the strangest soap wedding
took place - and that's saying something
- when transsexual Hayley Patterson (Julie
Hesmondhalgh) and Roy Cropper tied the knot.
It wasn't legal under UK law but a friendly
vicar agreed to give the couple the church
wedding of their dreams - until Les Battersby
(Bruce Jones) tipped off the press. Their
wedding had to be called off at the last
minute but Cupid couldn't be daunted and
the couple had their day in Roy's Rolls cafe
and Hayley changed her name by deed poll.
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Emmerdale's heartbroken Robert
Sugden takes his revenge on lover
The love rat local is devastated
that Katie went ahead with her
wedding to his brother Andy despite
his heartfelt pleas.
Having had to endure a painful
day, Robert decides to get blind
drunk at the reception - much
to his father Jack's disgust.
Unable to hide his feelings of
disappointment and heartbreak
the young local throws caution
to the wind by downing drink
And having made a spectacle
of himself at the happy event,
Robert finishes off the night
in spectacular style by leading
bridesmaid Donna Windsor off
Donna has been vying for the
hunky mechanic's attention for
ages, ever since he cruelly dumped
her to take up with best pal
Elaine Marsden. And since Robert
can't get Katie's attention he
decides to play her at her own
game - by bedding her good friend.
Will his drastic actions get
Robert what he really wants?
The hunky youngster has been on an emotional
rollercoaster this week and is keen to put
his shattered life back in order.
Having watched the love of his life - Katie
Addyman - marry his adopted brother Andy after
spending the past few weeks engaged in an illicit
affair with him, Robert is deeply depressed.
Unlike his other lovers - Donna Windsor and
Elaine Marsden - Katie really meant something
to the love rat local and he had hoped she
would ditch unsuspecting Andy in favour of
a future with him.
But since his dreams were shattered, Robert
has been forced to look forwards - and decides
to throw himself into his work.
After his mother Sarah was killed in a horrific
fire a few years ago, a trust fund was put
together for Robert. He hits upon a plan to
become a joint owner of the garage, alongside
employer Scott Windsor, but needs capital to
make the dream a reality.
However, in order to get his hands on the
money, Robert needs the permission of dad Jack.
And after his drunken performance at the wedding
reception, Jack is less than impressed with
his eldest son.
Can Robert persuade his disappointed dad he
can be a responsible businessman?
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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
"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
"She insists that it’s over between
them but Robert seems determined to revive
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
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
Emmerdale newlywed Katie Addyman is put in an awkward situation.
The stunning youngster has returned from her
honeymoon to find secret lover Robert Sugden
in a passionate romance with close pal Donna.
When Katie married her long term love Andy
Sugden - Robert’s adopted brother - she
promised herself there would be no more intimacy
between herself and the hunky mechanic.
But her feelings for Robert haven’t
disappeared and she is horrified that he has
forgotten her so easily.
So when Robert and new love Donna stay over
at Butler’s Farm and make saucy noises
all night, Katie feels like she’s being
driven mad with jealousy.
The truth is that she is the first girl Robert
has ever loved and seeing her marry someone
else almost destroyed him. So with no more
cards left to play Robert is dishing out some
revenge on his former sweetheart.
Will his plan to make her insanely jealous
Emmerdale's Katie Sugden unwittingly makes her life difficult at home.
The green-eyed farmer's wife is furious that
secret ex-lover Robert Sugden has rekindled
his passionate romance with her close pal Donna
Katie had hoped that Robert would remain single
following her insistence that they must stop
seeing each other behind his unsuspecting brother
Andy's back. Although Robert was heartbroken,
he decided to play Katie at her own game by
flaunting his relationship with Donna.
So when Katie catches the lovers sneaking
into Robert's dad Jack's home for a raunchy
encounter, she immediately grasses them up
to both their parents. Jack and Donna's mum
Viv try to lay the law down to the lusty duo
but their warnings fall on deaf ears.
Furious Robert storms out of home and Donna
soon follows - and when Katie returns to her
home at Butler's Farm, Andy informs her they
have two new houseguests.
Can Katie handle living so close to randy
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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
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
"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
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."
Emmerdale’s Robert Sugden discovers the truth about girlfriend Donna Windsor.
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
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."
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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
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.
... 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.”
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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."
Emmerdale's teenage love cheats Robert
and Katie face the music.
The guilty twosome fear they may have
sexually transmitted disease chlamydia
after discovering Robert's unsuspecting
girlfriend Donna Windsor had caught
Katie is particularly nervous as she
heads to the clinic to collect the
results, as she knows if both of them
have the disease they will be forced
to admit their affair to her blissfully-ignorant
husband Andy, Robert's adopted brother.
Both teenagers have been struggling
to cope under the pressure of sharing
a house together. While Donna and Andy
continue on with their lives as normal,
Katie and Robert have been fighting
the urge to resume their passionate
And when the pair emerge from the
clinic - after discovering they are
both in the clear - their buried feelings
Actress Sammy Winward, who plays the
confused newlywed, explains, "Robert
and Katie have a bit of a moment together
after they leave the clinic and he
tells her he loves her.
"It's something she does want to hear
- but she also doesn't want to hear
it, because she's stuck in the middle
of these two people she cares for very
much, and she doesn't know which one