The Following Profile was
submitted by Patricia Dempsey and is ©2004 to Patricia
Dempsey & emmerdale.org
Norris Cole first arrived in 1994 by giving Derek
Wilton a lift home from the service station he had become stranded
at after the
coach left without him. He paid a visit to the Wiltons and
constantly irritated Derek by referring to him as Dirk. He
told Derek he had
left his wife after becoming impressed by his dominance. He
soon moved in as a lodger and introduced Derek to selling pyramids.
Derek invested £2000 into stock but was a failure compared
to Norris who made enough money to move into a flat and sold
Derek his car which promptly fell apart.
He reappeared in 1995 after selling a treadmill to the Wiltons.
Derek was shocked to learn Norris was dating his ex-wife, Angela
Hawthorne and more when Norris became chairman at Hawthorne's.
Derek and Mavis were caught up in gnome-napping when their beloved
Arthur was stolen one night, leaving Guinevere alone. Postcards
arrived signed Arthur and Derek at first accused Des Barnes. Norris
eventually confessed the night before his wedding to Angela. As
his best man, Derek was entrusted to delivering the groom to the
church safely but decided to make Norris late by taking him to
the wrong church. Angela was not amused when they finally turned
The Wiltons found they couldn't get rid of Norris. He turned up
again the following year and told them he wanted to kill Angela.
Derek became suspicious as Norris spent more and more time alone
at the allotment and convinced himself Angela was buried there.
He and Mavis dug away only to discover Angela's golf clubs.
Norris emerged from the wilderness in 1999, down on his luck and
divorced from Angela. Rita Sullivan took him on as her assistant
to replace the annoying Blanche Hunt. Norris was full of big plans
for The Kabin to increase profit which Rita thought about then
agreed to. He also moved in as Emily Bishop's lodger. Things were
going well until Richard Hillman arrived on the scene in 2001 and
suggested Emily release equity on her house to help her nephew
Spider buy his juice bar. Norris became suspicious of Richard and
let him know in no uncertain terms he was watching him. All his
publicly expressed fears for Emily's well-being fell on deaf ears.
Things came to a head in 2002 after Rita informed Richard she had
changed her mind about investing her money. Richard blamed Norris
and followed him one day as he was jogging around the streets while
training for his stewardship at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.
He pulled up in front on Norris, bundled him into the car and drove
to his new luxury flats development. Norris was terrified and wanted
to be let out. He promised Richard he wouldn't hassle him again
and everyone was surprised to see them on friendly terms. However,
as Christmas approached, Richard's concern for Emily began to worry
Norris again. Hospitalised after a Christmas pudding accident where
he slipped in the kitchen knocking himself out, he felt helpless
and asked Rita to check Emily was all right. Emily was getting
increasingly frustrated at Norris's attention and jumped at the
chance of babysitting baby Joshua Peacock on the 13th January 2003
while Ashley and Maxine went over the road to celebrate her mother
Doreen's birthday. The pub was crowded and, despite his best efforts,
Norris couldn't keep his eye on Richard all the time so didn't
notice him slip out. He and Ashley left the pub together. When
Norris got home, he discovered the house was empty so went across
the road to the Peacock's and was shocked when Ashley opened the
door covered in blood. He entered the house and saw Maxine lying
dead on the floor while Emily was lying on the sofa, her head smashed
in. He called for an ambulance then went to fetch Doreen and Fred.
When the ambulance arrived he told them Emily was still alive.
Once she was home, Emily was at breaking point with Norris and
his accusations and ordered him to leave. Reluctantly he was forced
to move in with Les Battersby and Kirk Sutherland and got the wrong
end of the stick when he overheard Rita saying to Emily on the
phone about missing him and staying. They had, in fact, been discussing
the return of Spider. Norris felt foolish and was forced to grovel
to Les in order to get a roof over his head. Richard's confession
to Gail caused Emily and Norris to be reconciled and he refused
to say he told her so. Les was gald to get rid of Doris, as he
called him, despite enjoying the extra rent. After Richard's death,
it was discovered he had massive debts and Norris and Emily worried
about the house being sold. Norris looked into taking out a mortgage.
Emily was relieved she wouldn't have to become his lodger when
she heard the house was safe.
2002 was not a good year for Norris. Rita decided to take a Shi-tzu
formerly owned by a late customer. But the dog arrived the day
she was due to leave on a cruise with Mavis. Emily volunteered
to look after the dog for those three weeks. Norris hated it and
it didn't help his allergy. The dog kept growling at him making
him nervous. But a few chocolates won the dog round until one day,
about a week before Rita returned, he discovered the dog was dead
in the stock room. After a long and expensive search, he managed,
with Kirk's help, to find one that looked identical at a cost of £450.
Rita was pleased to see Mr Woo when she walked into the shop, but
was distressed he didn't want to know her. Later at a party over
at the Webster's, she casually informed Emily she had sold the
dog. In the Rovers Emily and Norris's hearts sank as Rita told
them she had got £300 for the dog after meeting a breeder
on the cruise, and she was too old to take on a dog anyway. Norris
immediately went to Kirk about the price he had quoted and he said
he had told him he was willing to pay anything.
Norris was Rita's rock during the business with Cilla Brown in
2004. As she became increasingly reclusive, he took care of the
shop for her. He even decided to buy it when she announced she
was selling up. He tried not to let his disappointment show when
she changed her mind.
Norris found himself in love in September when Rita's old friend
Rula Romanoff waltzed into the shop looking for her. He was delighted
when they were invited for dinner but crestfallen when she introduced
her husband. He still looked forward to the weekend at Rula's house
though and made out to everyone it was a theatrical soiree. After
dinner, he went to bed but was curious at the noises her heard.
He looked around his door and saw people going into various rooms.
He decided to find out what was going on from Rula but she was
ready for him wearing sexy lingerie. His enjoyment was interrupted
when Rita burst into the room, demanding he got dressed as they
were going home.
In the car when they had pulled up outside Emily's,
he told her he thought she knew that was why they were invited.
Rita denied it and they decided never to mention it again.
Norris told people the reason they were home early was because
been feeling well. She wasn't happy at being dragged into
it but went along with it as she explained to Audrey while
they made knowing
remarks to each other.