Diwata Margharita 'Dee' de la Cruz (previously Pollard) was the third wife of Eric Pollard.
Eric Pollard flew to the Far East looking for love and found it with Filipino student Dee de la Cruz in a Manila restaurant. His initial interest was sex, but two weeks later he proposed and the couple made plans for Dee to follow Eric back to Britain. When she arrived in 1997, dressed in a miniskirt, skimpy coat, and high-heels, the locals in Emmerdale were curious. They were shocked when she announced that she was Eric's fiancee, but the unlikely relationship continued and Dee became Mrs Pollard in a May registry-office wedding.
The marriage, however, did not last long as Eric's paranoia and possessiveness came to the fore. As well as driving Dee into an affair with Will Cairns, Eric hid several letters and phone calls from her family claiming that her mother was seriously ill believing they were just trying to con him out of money. However, it turned out to be true, with Dee only finding out after her mother had died. Enraged at having being denied the chance to see her mother one last time, Dee left Eric and the village the next day, with the marriage later being annulled.