Katharine Barker, born 10 March 1941 in Sedbergh, Yorkshire, was the first actress to play the role of Dolly Skilbeck. She appeared in 169 episodes of Emmerdale between 1977 and 1979 before Jean Rogers took over the role the following year. Apart from her role in Emmerdale Farm she has also been seen on television in, among other things: The Man in Room 17 (episode: Lady Luck's No Gentleman) (1966), Playhouse - The Waste Places (1967), Thirty-Minute Theatre (episode: Still Death) (1968), and the mini-series Widows 2 (1985).


She has also starred in numerous theatrical productions through the years, including William Shakespeare's "Henry IV, part 1" & "Henry V" (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Salisbury Playhouse), "Hay Fever" (The Oxford Stage Company), "The Three Sisters" & "The Crucible" (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), "The Seagull" & "The Good Sisters" (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) and "The Six-Days World" (Finborough Theatre)

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