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Dr Liam Andrew Cavanagh is a local GP, the father of Leanna Cavanagh, the ex-husband of Maya Stepney and husband to Leyla Cavanagh.



Liam was initially married to a woman named Lara with whom he had a daughter named Leanna in July 2003.

Lara later died in 2009 tragically due to an allergic reaction and in 2013, Liam married Maya Stepney, however, she and Leanna didn't get along.

2014-2017: Occasional visits to Emmerdale

After becoming concerned for her unborn child in January 2014, Priya Sharma saw Dr Cavanagh following her body continually rejecting food. Dr Cavanagh told her that her baby was fine, but he was concerned for her health. He tried to give Priya the number for a support group but Priya refused to take it.

Later in January, Val Pollard called Dr Cavanagh out to Pollard's Barn to examine Eric Pollard who she was concerned had contracted HIV. The doctor examined Eric and came to the conclusion that Eric had flu.

In October, Lisa Dingle visits regarding her breathing. Dr Cavanagh refers her for more tests at the chest clinic immediately. He prescribes her a GTN spray.

December 2014 saw Dr Cavanagh providing advice to Lisa's daughter Belle Dingle regarding her mental health. He suggests counselling but Belle remains defiant and refuses to speak to anyone.

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2018-2019: Relationship with Bernice Blackstock

Liam was put on the judging panel for the Hotten Retail Awards and David Metcalfe tried sucking up to Liam, desperate to win the award. Maya and Liam had marital problems and Maya instigated an affair with David. Liam found out and declared he wanted to divorce Maya. Liam developed a hatred for David and took pleasure in telling him that his estranged wife Tracy Metcalfe had aborted their baby - infuriating Tracy who threatened to report him for breaking patient confidentiality.

Liam decided to sell their house, throwing Maya onto the street as the house was in Liam's name. Liam moved in temporarily with a friend until their house was ready, which Liam's daughter Leanna was not happy about. He began an affair with beautician Bernice Blackstock. Liam encouraged Bernice to break up with her boyfriend Daz Spencer so they could stop sneaking around, but Bernice was reluctant to as Daz relied on her and she didn't want to hurt his feelings.

He proposed to Bernice in July 2019 (during the Wild West Brawl), and Bernice accepted. They planned to get married but were unable to do so as Charlie was involved in a car accident and left in a critical condition, causing Bernice to leave the village and go to Australia to support her daughter Dee Dee.

2020 to present: Relationship with Leyla Harding

On 2nd January 2020, Leyla and Liam shared a kiss in Beauty & Bernice. Liam immediately felt guilty and called Bernice to confess his infidelity, causing her to end it with him. Liam tried to get Bernice back but to no avail. He told Leyla that it was best they kept their distance but agreed to still be friends.

In February 2020, Liam asked Leyla to give their relationship a go and not care what others thought. However, they soon decided to keep their relationship secret as Liam was not ready to tell Leanna yet.

In July 2021, in the aftermath of Leanna’s “accidental” death, he suffered from strong depression and mental health issues, which had the whole village worried about him. In that month of that year, he destroyed Leanna’s memorial which was kindly set by many people, when he was not very accepting at the time, which had made things worse. Also, he blamed Leyla for Leanna’s death as she gave her silver killer heels.

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Eric Pollard | Kim Tate | Victoria Sugden | Zak Dingle | Sam Dingle | Mandy Dingle | Jamie Tate | Marlon Dingle | Paddy Dingle | Bernice Blackstock | Belle Dingle | Diane Sugden | Cain Dingle | Charity Dingle | Bob Hope | Rodney Blackstock | Nicola King | Rhona Goskirk | Gabby Thomas | Laurel Thomas | Chas Dingle | Pearl Ladderbanks | Aaron Dingle | Jimmy King | Noah Dingle | Sarah Sugden | Samson Dingle | David Metcalfe | Cathy Hope | Heath Hope | 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 | Vanessa Woodfield | Archie Breckle | Harriet Finch | Liam Cavanagh | April Windsor | Amba Metcalfe | Tracy Metcalfe | Carl Holliday | Moses Dingle | Johnny Woodfield | Liv Flaherty | Dotty Thomas | Lydia Dingle | Isaac Dingle | Dawn Taylor | Ryan Stocks | Manpreet Sharma | Ellis Chapman | Billy Fletcher | Vinny Dingle | Bear Wolf | Will Taylor | Nate Robinson | Andrea Tate | Millie Tate | Lucas Taylor | Wendy Posner | Al Chapman | Eve Dingle | Theo Metcalfe | Harry Sugden | Meena Jutla |Mackenzie Boyd | Charles Anderson | Ethan Anderson | Frankie Robinson