Revamped 15th January 2004
Updated 20th May 2004

Victoria Anne Sugden
31st March 1994

Played by: Jessica Haywood (1994 – 1998) and Hannah Midgley (1998 onwards)

current hannah Midgley publcity shot - Picture thanks to YTV Picture Desk (c) Yorkshire Television.

Parents: Jack Sugden and Sarah Connelly (later Sugden)

Grandmother: Annie Sugden

Born: 31st March 1994

Siblings: Robert, half brother

Andy, adoptive brother

Jackie Merrick, half brother

24 June 2002 - Victoria with her Dad and favourite brother Andy sitting around the Kitchen table.


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Victoria is the youngest Sugden child, and Jack’s only daughter. She was born three months after the plane crash. Her grandmother, Annie Sugden was in a coma while her grandchild was born, but woke up in early April 1994. Later that year, after Jack and Sarah were married in May, Victoria had to have an operation because of a hole in her heart.

Hannah - early into her role as Victoria

After Sarah had an affair with Richie Carter, the Sugden’s lodger, in 1999, Victoria ended up in a custody battle between Jack and Sarah. Later Sarah, after winning custody, died in the barn fire started by Andy to claim insurance.

In 2002 Victoria started acting strangely, with an imaginary friend called Walter Todd taking up much of Victoria’s time. But Jack started getting worried about Victoria.

Victoria Sugden fan card

Click to see larger version of baby Victoria with her parents Jack and Sarah.  Note in this picture are the original Sarah and the original Victoria

circa 1995 Jack and Sarah with children Robert and Victoria

Victoria Sugden official fan card released early 2004

News Articles

23 June 2003 - Click to see a larger image of Victoria is rushed into hospital with appendictis

ITV.COM Jack rebuilds his family

Tuesday | 24.06.03

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."

EXTRACT - The Sun Online 31st March 2004,,2-2004150342,00.html


TV Editor

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.

Is the game up as Robert and Katie are caught by Victoria.

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.”

ITV.COM Victoria's Secret

Friday | 09.04.04

Robert threatens Victoria

Emmerdale youngster Victoria Sugden stumbles in on a shocking secret.

The sweet-natured schoolgirl is horrified when she discovers her older brother Robert in bed with her adopted brother Andy’s new wife Katie.

For the past few months Katie and Robert have very successfully kept their passionate affair under wraps, duping their family and friends.

But now things have got serious between them, Robert has devised a plan that will ensure they can be together properly.

The lusty mechanic wants Katie to leave Andy and disappear off to her father’s for six months. After that Robert says she will be able to come back and then they can pretend they've fallen for each other when she is a single woman.

However, when the loved-up pair carelessly jump into bed together at the Sugden’s family home - Victoria becomes the third person in on the deception.

And now that the little girl is in possession of such lurid information, can Robert and Katie maintain their facade and make their plan work?

ITV.COM Silent Witness

Tuesday | 13.04.04

Emmerdale schoolgirl Victoria Sugden has been struck dumb with fear.

The confused youngster walked in on love rat brother Robert bedding her adopted sibling Andy's new wife Katie and hasn't talked since.

Victoria was horrified when she realised the terrible secret she had stumbled in on. And Robert's panic led to him being very heavy-handed with his sensitive sister.

And now poor Victoria is so fearful of what might happen if she does report what she saw, the troubled girl has opted to keep her mouth shut permanently.

Since Victoria took her vow of silence, dad Jack has put her odd behaviour down to the pains of growing up. But it's been a long time since his young daughter talked now and Jack is convinced she has become ill.

And when Jack decides to take his mute child to a specialist to fathom what the problem is, Robert and Katie realise their guilty secret could be revealed at any time.

Will Victoria open up about what she saw?