Created 4th February 2003
Updated 28th May 2004

Character: Sydney ("Syd") Woolfe

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Sydney, known as Syd, first comes to the village when he and his building partner, Jerry Mackinley (known as Mack) are contracted to work on Viv’s café.

Syd gets embroiled in an unwanted relationship with clingy Nicola only to get a slap in the face when he lets her down not so gently.

He’s also moved in with Scott and Chloe, much to the annoyance of Scott, after being asked to leave the B&B due to his distributive behaviour.
Although he can’t keep his eyes off of Chloe, will he be able to keep his hands off too?

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Appeared: 25th March 2002 –

Family: Unknown

Age: mid to late 20’s

Played by: Nathan Gladwell


Mack and Syd turned up in the village in March 2002, to work on Café Hope, the café Viv Hope was wanting to open in the village. Viv, who had recently been fighting with her husband Bob, instantly tried to make Bob jealous by turning on her charm. Syd later had a date with Bernice, but nothing came of it as Bernice left the village. Mack’s relationship with Diane was going better though, after a few rocky patches.

Syd, not to keen on the idea of Mack and Diane tried to break them up by inviting an ex of Mack’s, Miranda, to go out with him, Mack and another girl on a double date. But it didn’t work and Diane stayed with Mack. Syd, causing more trouble for another relationship after moving in with Chloe and Scott, tried to muscle in on Chloe while Scott was working. Later Syd was kicked out by Scott, but managed to persuade Chloe to let in move in with she and Scott again. Syd starting making advances towards Chloe, but when she rejected him he turned to Nicola. After sleeping with Chloe and ending his short relationship with Nicola, Syd moved on to Angie, betting that he could sleep with her before Mack could.

Syd slept with Angie first, winning the bet. Soon he and Cain were clashing over Angie, Cain not being happy about another man being with Angie. Cain’s threats eventually meant that Syd dumped Angie. Syd was upset when he learned about Angie’s death.

In 2003 Syd decided to go it on his own, setting up his own building contactors. He soon got a contract working on the Reynolds house, and had to hire Mack to work for him. But Mack tried to take over, but his plotting didn’t work.

About Nathan Gladwell: Playing Syd in Emmerdale is the only role I can find for Nathan.

Mack the strife

Tuesday | 11.03.03

Mack & Syd

Syd Woolfe finds out the truth about Mack's bad ways.
Syd has always been close to Mack. But his so-called mate is taking advantage of Syd's friendship to solve his money problems.

Mack is already being chased for rent by Mr Turner and is now using Syd's home as a doss house and messing up his contracts at work.

And actor Nathan Gladwell, who plays sexy Syd, thinks the betrayal has come as a complete shock to the benevolent lad. "Syd doesn't understand why his best mate would suddenly be trying to do one over on him," he says.

"At first, he didn't believe it. He knew things were happening but this guy has been like a father to him since he was 16 and is a close friend of the family.

"Mack has shown his true colours and in the end, when the going got tough Mack didn't care who he hurt - mate or not."

Luckily in real life the Nathan and co-star Rob Dixon are the best of friends.

Nathan laughs, "He's hilarious with a dry and cheeky sense of humour."

The Sun's Guide to the Week's Soaps 9th June 2003


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CHLOE might be beautiful, but she feels lonely and unloved when Scott seems to prefer to spend his time with his new friend, Robert. he is determined to show she is not a girl to be taken for granted, and starts to flirt heavily with Syd.

He feels awkward and embarrassed but it’s hard to turn down a girl as pretty as Chloe - especially when she’s wearing only a towel! “Chloe gets annoyed that Scott seems to be losing interest in her,” says Amy Nuttall, who plays the nanny.

“She had a brief fling with Syd before going back to Scott, and there might be some unfinished business there.hloe feels guilty when Zoe lets slip in front of Syd that she had a holiday flirtation with a guy called Greg.

“But not that guilty,” laughs Amy. “Then Yolanda the lap dancer turns up out of the blue demanding to see Syd.“After Chloe takes her to him, Yolanda makes it clear Syd belongs to her and Chloe should keep her hands off.”

But Yolanda is too full-on for Syd and he tells her it’s all off. Chloe spots an opening in the village man-market.

“Scott seems to prefer working with Robert to going out with her, so Chloe flirts with Syd a little,” says Amy.

“He tells her it didn’t work out with Yolanda because he wants something serious. There’s a tender moment but then Scott interrupts them.

“Chloe teases Syd by asking him to zip her up as she gets ready for Jean’s christening.

“Then she flirts by wandering around in a towel, just being playful and girlie, but I think she wants attention.

“She knows Syd fancies her and she enjoys having a little power over him. Will anything come of it? You’ll just have to watch to find out what happens!”

10th June 2003 - Yolanda comes marching into the Woolpack looking for Syd

ITV.COM Syd's Being Stalked!

Tuesday | 10.06.03

Chloe with just a towel on puts a comforting arm around Syd

Emmerdale hunk Syd Woolf is fighting off the ladies tonight.
The sexy workman is starting to regret his passionate fling with lapdancer Yolanda, as she is now refusing to leave him alone.

His pals Scott and Robert can't quite understand what Syd's problem is. Being pursued by a lusty woman sounds just fine to them, but the novelty of the situation has well and truly worn off.

And there is another person who is sick of Yolanda's presence. Flatmate Chloe – Scott's stunning girlfriend – is finding it very hard to control her jealousy over Yolanda's demand on Syd's attentions.

Although they had a tryst some time ago, Chloe was convinced that any romantic feelings she harboured towards Syd were gone. But now she is not so sure.

But before Syd can contemplate Chloe's odd behaviour he has to let Yolanda know that enough is enough. And it's a daunting task. Especially since the sultry stripper has demonstrated a flair for dramatics.

Can Syd escape his new relationship unscathed?


Tuesday | 15.07.03

Emmerdale's Zoe Tate faces the hardest test of her life.
The Beckindale beauty is under suspicion of abusing her baby daughter Jean, after a tragic accident left the tot fighting for life.

And Zoe, who has endured a serious bout of mental illness in the last year, is the prime suspect in the eyes of social services - after doctor's discovered old injuries on the young girl.

Tonight, as Zoe is investigated by the agency, it is left to the real culprit to own up to Jean's injuries. However, guilty nanny Chloe Atkinson has no intention of telling the truth.

Despite the fact it was Chloe's negligence which led Jean to fall and hurt herself a couple of weeks ago, the sexy local refuses to come clean - much to the disgust of part-time lover Syd Woolfe.

Syd can't believe that Chloe would allow Zoe to be held responsible and Jean to be taken into care. But Chloe is too busy looking out for herself to take his words to heart.

Will Zoe lose Jean through no fault of her own?


Any Port In A Storm

Tuesday | 22.07.03

anxiously Syd looks on while Chloe checks over Jean after her fall

Devoted Syd Woolfe tries to help troubled lover Chloe tonight.
Although he was the one who revealed Chloe’s blame for baby Jean’s injuries, the handsome workman is still besotted with her.

And his devotion suits Chloe just fine as she tries to comprehend the enormity of last week’s events.

Although the sexual tension which was simmering between the duo finally resulted in a steamy fling recently, Chloe had no intention of leaving boyfriend Scott for Syd.

But after Scott’s confession that he is Jean’s father, their relationship has been shattered.

With her head spinning, Chloe is in no mood for romantic complications so Syd’s considerate behaviour is the easy option.

Actress Amy Nuttall, who plays the devastated nanny, explains, “Chloe’s hated. She has no choice but to be nice to Syd.

“She likes him but she doesn't love him, so in some ways she is using him.”

Will Chloe break Syd’s heart too?

The Sun's Guide To The Soaps 16th June 2003


Weekdays ITV1

Syd and chloe kiss

SYD finally succumbs to temptation and allows Chloe to seduce him. But he is instantly filled with guilt because sexy Chloe is supposed to be going out with Syd’s mate, Scott!

And Syd’s problems become much more complicated when an unsuspecting Scott confides that he is the father of Zoe’s baby, Jean.

“Syd is dumbstruck,” says Nathan Gladwell, who plays the bewildered builder.

“A few days before, his life was simple. But now he is part of a terrifying triangle, knowing secrets about his two best friends, but can’t tell a soul.”

Syd does try hard to resist curvaceous Chloe, but after she puts on a personal lap- dancing performance for him, his mind is in a whirl.

Next day Syd storms round to Home Farm determined to order Chloe to cool it, but she comes on strong and this time he can’t stop himself.

“Chloe is gorgeous,” says Nathan. “What man could turn her down? Certainly not Syd.

“But they have a shock as they’re getting passionate in the lounge.

Baby Jean is left on her own in the kitchen and takes a tumble.
“ Syd wants to call an ambulance but Chloe assures him there’s no need.”

Syd feels guilty, and when Chloe tells him the next day it was just a bit of fun, he’s furious.

“But he really panics when Scott asks if he can have a word,” says Nathan.

“Syd thinks Scott knows what’s happened, but it’s worse than that. Scott blurts out he is the father of baby Jean, leaving Syd totally stunned.

“Now he has two terrible secrets to keep while Chloe’s desperate to find out what’s been upsetting Scott.

“Syd feels used and abused, and completely baffled by it all.”

Scott Shock

Tuesday | 17.06.03

Syd and Scott

Emmerdale's Scott Windsor finally reveals his secret to pal Syd.
Ever since his drunken one-night stand with Zoe Tate, Scott has been keeping the truth of baby Jean's parentage to himself.

However, now he is getting more and more attached to his daughter and can no longer bear to carry the burden on his own. So he confides in flatmate Syd, unaware that the randy handyman is secretly bedding his girlfriend.

The confusion is bound to end in tears for all concerned but one person who is delighted with the dramatic developments in hunky star Ben Freeman.

He says, "I'm loving it at the moment. I've had a bit of a rebirth recently because although I've been here five years and had some great storylines, there's been nothing big for a while.

"So it's nice to feel like you are actually employed – and I work with some really great people. It's lovely to work alongside the baby as well, she's a lovely little girl and always smiling."


Confession Time

Friday | 18.07.03


The net is closing in on Emmerdale's Chloe Atkinson tonight.

Cheating Chloe has been trying to cover up her part in baby Jean's accident because she is scared of the criminal repercussions.

But with social services swarming around the hospital threatening to take Jean away from mum Zoe, events have taken a traumatic turn for everyone involved.

Zoe is in a terrible state after discovering Chloe's boyfriend Scott Windsor is her baby's father, Scott is in shock that the truth is out and Chloe is desperately trying to keep herself out of the picture.

Chloe's cowardly behaviour has stunned her secret lover Syd Woolfe. The kindly workman can't bear to see Zoe and Jean pay for her mistakes, and feels partly responsible for the mess. Jean's cracked rib was the result of Chloe's carelessness as she and Syd got steamy on the sofa.

And it is brave Syd who finally blows the whistle on his lady love.

Actress Amy Nuttall, who plays the nightmare nanny, says, "Zoe asks Chloe about her daughter's injuries, but Chloe just couldn't tell her. When Syd reveals what happened, Zoe is furious.

"Chloe's very worried as she knows she could face prosecution but she is just thinking of herself."



Monday | 21.07.03

Scott, Syd and Chloe share some home truthsScott, Syd and Chloe share some home truths

Emmerdale’s estranged couple Scott and Chloe find themselves homeless tonight.

In the aftermath of the revelation that Scott is baby Jean Tate’s father, Chloe chucked him out but matters are getting worse.

The troubled duo have yet another showdown in the street when Scott goes for a quiet drink in the pub and bumps into Chloe’s lover Syd Woolfe. The distraught mechanic is already furious that his former friend was sleeping with his girlfriend but Syd has yet another revelation.

In the heat of the moment, Syd reveals Chloe’s neglect of Jean led to her broken rib - provoking Scott to hit back furiously.

Sexy star Ben Freeman, who plays the village hunk, explains, “Finding out Chloe was having an affair with Syd is bad enough, but when Syd admits Chloe caused Jean’s injuries, it’s the final straw. Scott feels totally betrayed by them both.”

But soon the warring three find themselves united as they discover all their stuff out on the street - furious Chris Tate has evicted them!

Will Chloe turn to Syd for help once again?

The Sun 25th August 2003

Chloe and Syd in bed


Weekdays  ITV1

CHLOE drives lover Syd to distraction when he discovers she is planning a new life in France without him. But she changes her mind after the police tell her she will not face charges over baby Jean’s injury.

Chloe decides to stay in Emmerdale and enjoys a passionate reunion with a bewildered Syd.

" She is petrified that she might go to prison for neglecting Jean," says Amy Nuttall, who plays the young nanny.

" Then her mother finds her a nannying job in France, and it seems like a way out.

" Chloe’s solicitor warns that she could be sent to prison for what happened to Jean. Syd tries to comfort her but she’s not in the mood and tells him to get lost."

Syd calls Chloe a drama queen but they make up later. In bed, Syd agrees to withdraw his statement to the police to help Chloe.

Everything is fine until later in The Woolpack, when Siobhan lets slip a mention of Chloe’s French plans.

" Syd feels left out," says Amy. "He and Chloe have a massive row when they get home and she feels so angry that she hurls a wine bottle against the door.

" Syd says he wishes he’d never met her and she slaps him across the face."

Next day, Chloe hears that all charges against her have been dropped.

" Chloe is delighted and she celebrates by making it up with Syd," says Amy.

" She decides to stay in Emmerdale and even tells him she loves him. I’m not sure if she means it, Chloe knows that she can play games with Syd."

Damning Pictures

16th June 2003
16th June 2003 - Chloe (AMY NUTTALL) teases Syd (NATHAN GLADWELL) - Was the lap dancing really for Scottt (BEN FREEMAN) .... ? Chloe (AMY NUTTALL) lapdances for Syd (NATHAN GLADWELL).

Tensions between Syd (NATHAN GLADWELL) and Chloe (AMY NUTTALL) come to a head. Tensions between Syd (NATHAN GLADWELL) and Chloe (AMY NUTTALL) come to a head as they begin to kiss.

16th June 2003 -  Syd (NATHAN GLADWELL) and Chloe (AMY NUTTALL) panic when baby Jean has a fall while their attentions are elsewhere ........


ITV.COM Cheating Chloe?

Thursday | 26.02.04

Emmerdale stunner Chloe Atkinson is giving boyfriend Syd the runaround.

The flame-haired vixen is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the modest life she leads as Syd's other half and longs for some excitement.

And after turning her attentions on veteran lothario Rodney Blackstock earlier this week, just to get the chance to enjoy some expensive Champagne - Chloe spots another potential suitor.

Ever since curate Ethan arrived in the Dales, he has remained in the background of village life. But when Chloe takes a closer look at the hunky clergyman, she decides it might be time to try some well-tested chat up lines on him.

And Syd has every reason to be wary of Chloe's wandering eye. He started dating her behind her former love Scott Windsor's back, while the three of them were sharing a small house.

So knowing that Chloe has no romantic scruples and that she wants to be treated like a princess at all times - has Syd got the energy to keep up with her demands?

BBC Pure Soap 11th March 2004

Dales drama ends in violence

Dales drama ends in violence
The volatile relationship between Chloe Atkinson and beefy builder Syd Woolfe boils over into violence in Emmerdale.
Against all expectations it is the normally mild-mannered slip of a girl who is doing the hitting, although she manages to convince the entire village that brawny Syd is really the villain.
It all kicks off when Syd, played by Nathan Gladwell, says something rude to Chloe (Amy Nuttall). She is furious and chases Syd into the street to give him a good hiding.
Later they are in mid argument when Syd throws a pan of pasta onto the floor. Chloe runs off and tells pal Paul Marsden that Syd hit her!
Syd quickly becomes Emmerdale's most hated man and Chloe doesn't feel guilty at all.
"She knows that Syd wouldn't do anything like that, but she likes the sympathy," Amy explained to Inside Soap magazine.
"He's completely humiliated in the pub - he begs her to tell everyone it's not true. But Chloe says nothing and Syd is told to get out of the Woolpack."

Chloe only has second thoughts when Chastity Tate makes a play for Syd. Chloe doesn't want Syd, but she doesn't want anyone else to have him either.

Extract from the Sun's Weekly Guide To The Soaps 14th March 2004


Sun to Fri - ITV1

THE village turns its back on Syd after Chloe pretends that he’s hit her. She finds out that he has been chatting with Chas in the pub, but doesn’t know she was only listening to him moaning about their stormy love life.

Chloe slaps Syd in the street in front of Paul and Danny.

Later, they row again, and when Syd throws a pan of food against the wall, Chloe runs next door to Paul and Siobhan and tells them that Syd has been hitting her.

Syd is shocked that Chloe could lie about him like this. Chas sees through Chloe’s cruel scheming and announces to everyone that Syd is not a brute.

Syd still cares for Chloe but, when she seems to be enjoying watching him squirm, he tells her to get lost. It looks as if it’s all over.

"Syd’s certainly no angel," says Nathan Gladwell, who plays the bewildered builder, "but he would never hit a woman."


Punch Drunk Love

Monday | 15.03.04

Emmerdale's troubled couple Chloe and Syd have a violent altercation.

Their volatile relationship's been floundering in recent months, thanks to Chloe's obsession with money and both have been looking for excitement elsewhere.

Ever since Chloe left her relationship with Scott Windsor to take up with smitten Syd, the hunky workman has been struggling to keep her interested.

Determined not to be left single, stunning Chloe sought comfort in their secure romance but poor Syd has never really captured her heart.

Despite this, Chloe hits the roof this week when she discovers Syd went for a drink with village vixen Chastity Dingle and when she confronts her lover about the incident, sparks - and fists - fly.

Allowing her feelings of frustration get the better of her, Chloe lands a stinging slap on her stunned beau and leaves the scene in a fury.

But will it be Syd or Chloe who takes responsibility for the shocking street brawl?


Syd in Emmerdale Summer 2002

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