Leo Goskirk is the son of Marlon Dingle and Rhona Goskirk and half-brother of April Windsor.


2010-2015: Conception and Early lifeEdit

Shortly after she left Marlon for his best friend Paddy Kirk, Rhona found out that she was pregnant with Marlon's baby. Marlon initially refused to be a part of the baby's life and didn't attend Rhona's first scan. In mid-December 2010, Rhona was informed that her baby was likely to have Down syndrome, and the tests the following day confirmed this. Rhona was initially unsure whether or not to keep the baby, but Marlon came round and persuaded her to keep their baby. Rhona, Marlon and Paddy decided that the three of them would bring up the baby together.

Leo's birth

Rhona and Marlon with newborn Leo.

On 30th May 2011, Rhona went into labour after being accidentally pushed over by Adam Barton, who was fighting with Aaron Livesy. Marlon accompanied Rhona to the hospital where she gave birth to a baby boy. They decided to name their son Leo, and he was christened in St. Mary's Church with Aaron and Laurel Thomas as his godparents.

Paddy was offered a job in New Zealand in 2012, and Paddy, Rhona and Marlon planned on starting a new life there with baby Leo. However, Marlon changed his mind due to his new relationship with Laurel. Paddy and Rhona still intended to move to New Zealand without Marlon, but he couldn't face losing his son. Marlon took out a court injunction to stop them from taking Leo out of the country. After Paddy and Marlon were arrested for fighting in the street, Rhona took Leo to New Zealand, breaking the injunction in the process. She soon brought Leo back after changing her mind about the move.

In 2013, Rhona became increasingly dependent on prescription drugs after she hurt her back. She began to neglect Leo, so Marlon took Leo away from Rhona until she got clean.

In mid-2014 Marlon's ex-wife, Donna Windsor reappeared in the village with Marlon's daughter April Windsor, Leo's half-sister. Marlon internally refused to be part of her life, but Rhona persuaded him to allow Leo to get to know his sister, as long as they didn't know they were siblings. Once it was discovered Donna was terminally ill, Marlon came round and accepted April as his daughter and later became her primary caregiver when Donna died in suspicious circumstances.

In July 2015, Robert Sugden threatened Leo and Rhona after Paddy nearly revealed Aaron and Robert's affair to Robert's wife Chrissie Sugden.

In early 2016, Rhona and Paddy's marriage broke down after Paddy had an affair with Tess Harris, who later died in a hit-and-run accident. Rhona initially restricted Paddy's access to Leo and Paddy left the village for a job in Germany.

Later in 2016, Leo started hurting April and one of the resulting bruises was found by Emma Barton. This ultimately spiralled out of control when April's babysitter and Marlon's girlfriend Carly Hope was accused of child abuse. April admitted to Marlon that Leo was causing her bruises so he made sure that Leo apologised. Some time later, Paddy returned to the village and began bonding with Leo again.

In April 2017, Leo was best man at Rhona's wedding to Pierce Harris. Leo was left at the wedding reception while back at Smithy Cottage, Rhona and Pierce argued over Paddy giving Rhona a necklace, an argument which ended in tragedy when Pierce raped Rhona. Rhona began to cling to Leo as the trauma of what had happened started to overwhelm her, but Pierce was eventually brought to justice when Rhona reported him and he was sentenced to jail time.

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Additional InformationEdit

  • Harry Whittaker, the second child actor to play Leo, died aged 3 on 1st July 2014.
  • As Leo has grown, the character has been shown to use the sign language Makaton. A scene in late August 2018 showed Pete Barton, the partner of Leo's mother Rhona, attempting to communicate with Leo in Makaton.

See AlsoEdit

Current characters
Robert Sugden | Eric Pollard | Kim Tate | Victoria Barton | Zak Dingle | Sam Dingle | Mandy Dingle | Jamie Tate | Marlon Dingle | Paddy Kirk | Bernice Blackstock | Belle Dingle | Diane Sugden | Cain Dingle | Charity Dingle | Bob Hope | Rodney Blackstock | Faith Dingle | Nicola King | Rhona Goskirk | Gabby Thomas | Laurel Thomas | Chas Dingle | Debbie Dingle | Pearl Ladderbanks | Aaron Dingle | Jimmy King | Noah Dingle | Sarah Sugden | Samson Dingle | David Metcalfe | Cathy Hope | Heath Hope | Doug Potts | Arthur Thomas | Brenda Walker | Leyla Harding | Moira Dingle | Matty Barton | Angelica King | Jai Sharma | Priya Kotecha | Jacob Gallagher | Amy Wyatt | Elliot Windsor | Leo Goskirk | Amelia Spencer | Rishi Sharma | Dan Spencer | Kyle Winchester | Kerry Wyatt | Jack Sugden | Vanessa Woodfield | Archie Breckle | Harriet Finch | Pete Barton | Liam Cavanagh | April Windsor | Amba Metcalfe | Tracy Metcalfe | Carl Holliday | Moses Dingle | Johnny Woodfield | Liv Flaherty | Dotty Thomas | Lydia Hart | Graham Foster | Isaac Dingle | Leanna Cavanagh | Dawn Taylor | Ryan Stocks | Manpreet Sharma | Ellis Chapman | Billy Fletcher | Bear Wolf | Will Taylor | Nate Robinson | Andrea Tate | Millie Tate
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