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Annie Sugden

Annie Sugden, the longest running character.

The following is a list of the top 100 longest serving Emmerdale characters who have been featured in the show as of 31st January 2020. It only includes appearances within the main programme and not the spin-offs.

The list is sorted by default in the order of time between first and last appearances of a character in years and months. Some guest characters, who only made short-term appearances which would otherwise allow them to be included in this list such as Thomas King, PC Mike Swirling and Sandra Flaherty are excluded.

Some characters who have had more than one actor, such as Jack Sugden, Tom Merrick and Priya Kotecha are indicated by a • in the Actor column. The actor listed in each case is whoever played the character most recently.  

Please note: A '#' in the Most recent appearance column indicated that a character is still in the show. 

# Name Actor First Appearance Most recent appearance Time between first and last appearance
1 Annie Sugden Sheila Mercier 16th October 1972 10th February 2009 36 years, 4 months
2 Jack Sugden Clive Hornby16th October 1972 21st February 2008 35 years, 4 months
3 Robert Sugden Ryan Hawley22nd April 1986 1st November 2019 33 years, 7 months
4 Eric Pollard Christopher Chittell 30th September 1986 # 33 years, 4 months
5 Alan Turner Richard Thorp 23rd March 1982 4th June 2013 31 years, 3 months
6 Kim Tate Claire King 12th December 1989 # 30 years, 1 month
7 Seth Armstrong Stan Richards 16th May 1978 24th December 2004 26 years, 7 months
8 Victoria Sugden Isabel Hodgins31st March 1994 # 25 years, 10 months
9 Zak Dingle Steve Halliwell 20th October 1994 # 25 years, 3 months
10 Sam Dingle James Hooton 14th February 1995 # 24 years, 11 months
11 Mandy Dingle Lisa Riley 20th July 1995 # 24 years, 6 months
12 Jamie Tate Alexander Lincoln24th September 1996 # 23 years, 4 months
12 Joe Tate Ned Porteous13th June 1995 30th October 2018 23 years, 4 months
14 Marlon Dingle Mark Charnock 17th October 1996 # 23 years, 3 months
15 Paddy Kirk Dominic Brunt 20th February 1997 # 22 years, 11 months
16 Lisa Dingle Jane Cox 13th August 1996 6th June 2019 22 years, 10 months
17 Amos Brearly Ronald Magill 16th October 1972 6th July 1995 22 years, 9 months
18 Joe Sugden Frazer Hines 16th October 1972 11th August 1994 21 years, 10 months
19 Betty Eagleton Paula Tilbrook 12th April 1994 25th December 2015 21 years, 8 months
20 Ashley Thomas John Middleton 5th December 1996 9th February 2018 21 years, 2 months
21 Belle Dingle Eden Taylor-Draper25th December 1998 # 21 years, 1 month
21 Donna Windsor Verity Rushworth26th August 1993 9th September 2014 21 years, 1 month
21 Terence Turner Nick Brimble30th April 1985 21st May 2006 21 years, 1 month
24 Bernice Blackstock Samantha Giles 25th November 1998 28th November 2019 21 years
25 Michael Feldmann Matthew Vaughan 13th February 1990 4th January 2011 20 years, 11 months
26 Diane Sugden Elizabeth Estensen 23rd November 1999 # 20 years, 2 months
27 Andy Sugden Kelvin Fletcher 4th July 1996 16th August 2016 20 years, 1 month
28 Kathy Brookman Malandra Burrows 26th November 1985 1st November 2005 20 years
29 Charity Dingle Emma Atkins30th March 2000 # 19 years, 10 months
29 Cain Dingle Jeff Hordley30th March 2000 # 19 years, 10 months
31 Bob Hope Tony Audenshaw 19th September 2000 # 19 years, 4 months
32 Rodney Blackstock Patrick Mower 24th October 2000 # 19 years, 3 months
33 Nicola King Nicola Wheeler 10th January 2001 # 19 years
34 Faith Dingle Sally Dexter30th November 2000 25th October 2019 18 years, 11 months
35 Henry Wilks Arthur Pentelow 16th October 1972 29th August 1991 18 years, 10 months
36 Rhona Goskirk Zoe Henry 17th September 2001 # 18 years, 4 months
37 Gabby Thomas Rosie Bentham25th December 2001 # 18 years, 1 month
38 Kelly Windsor Adele Silva 10th August 1993 27th May 2011 17 years, 9 months
39 Shadrach Dingle Andy Devine 30th March 2000 17th November 2017 17 years, 8 months
40 Viv Hope Deena Payne 10th August 1993 13th January 2011 17 years, 5 months
41 Laurel Thomas Charlotte Bellamy3rd September 2002 # 17 years, 4 months
42 Chas Dingle Lucy Pargeter16th October 2002 # 17 years, 3 months
43 Matt Skilbeck Frederick Pyne

16th October 1972

7th December 1989 17 years, 2 months
44 Debbie Dingle Charley Webb 24th December 2002 # 17 years, 1 month
45 Jackie Merrick Ian Sharrock21st November 1972 16th August 1989 16 years, 9 months
46 Pearl Ladderbanks Meg Johnson 30th July 2003 # 16 years, 6 months
46 Sandie Merrick Jane Hutcheson21st November 1972 11th May 1989 16 years, 6 months
48 Aaron Dingle Danny Miller24th December 2003 # 16 years, 1 month
49 Carly Hope Gemma Atkinson13th June 2001 2nd June 2017 16 years
49 Donald Hinton Hugh Manning 25th October 1977 28th October 1993 16 years
51 Jimmy King Nick Miles 19th February 2004 # 15 years, 11 months
51 Terry Woods Billy Hartman 2nd February 1995 13th January 2011 15 years, 11 months
51 Marian Rosetti Gail Harrison16th October 1972 1st September 1988 15 years, 11 months
54 Noah Dingle Jack Downham1st March 2004 # 15 years, 10 months
55 Zoe Tate Leah Bracknell 12th December 1989 22nd September 2005 15 years, 9 months
56 Caroline Bates Diana Davies 21st February 1984 5th August 1999 15 years, 6 months
57 Edna Birch Shirley Stelfox 25th May 2000 26th October 2015 15 years, 5 months
58 Tom Merrick Jack Carr6th November 1972 10th February 1988 15 years, 3 months
59 Nick Bates Cy Chadwick 26th November 1985 30th September 1999 14 years, 10 months
60 Sarah Sugden Jr. Katie Hill6th June 2005 # 14 years, 7 months
61 Dolly Skilbeck Jean Rogers22nd February 1977 15th August 1991 14 years, 6 months
62 Samson Dingle Sam Hall12th January 2006 # 14 years
63 Val Pollard Charlie Hardwick 1st February 2004 25th December 2017 13 years, 10 months
63 Christopher Tate Peter Amory 14th November 1989 18th September 2003 13 years, 10 months
63 Janie Harker Lesley Duff27th November 1972 9th September 1986 13 years, 10 months
66 Pat Sugden Helen Weir6th November 1972 26th August 1986 13 years, 9 months
67 Katie Sugden Sammy Winward 18th July 2001 9th February 2015 13 years, 7 months
68 Scott Windsor Ben Freeman10th August 1993 14th January 2007 13 years, 5 months
69 David Metcalfe Matthew Wolfenden 26th November 2006 # 13 years, 2 months
70 Cathy Hope Gabrielle Dowling9th February 2007 # 12 years, 11 months
70 Heath Hope Sebastian Dowling9th February 2007 # 12 years, 11 months
72 Doug Potts Duncan Preston30th April 2007 # 12 years, 9 months
73 Sarah Sugden Alyson Spiro7th April 1988 16th November 2000 12 years, 7 months
74 Arthur Thomas Alfie Clarke26th August 2007 # 12 years, 5 months
75 Sandy Thomas Freddie Jones 6th November 2005 19th February 2018 12 years, 3 months
76 Sam Pearson Toke Townley 16th October 1972 22nd November 1984 12 years, 1 month
77 Elsa Chappell Natasha Gray8th February 1990 12th December 2001 11 years, 10 months
78 Brenda Walker Lesley Dunlop 2nd April 2008 # 11 years, 9 months
79 Biff Fowler Stuart Wade 10th March 1994 1st November 2005 11 years, 8 months
80 Leyla Harding Roxy Shahidi 11th August 2008 # 11 years, 5 months
81 Steph Stokes Lorraine Chase 3rd September 2002 30th October 2013 11 years, 1 month
82 Paul Lambert Mathew Bose 10th September 2004 2nd September 2015 11 years
83 Alice Bates Rachel Tolboys14th February 1991 12th December 2001 10 years, 10 months
84 Rachel Hughes Glenda McKay 7th September 1988 12th May 1999 10 years, 8 months
85 Moira Dingle Natalie J Robb 17th July 2009 # 10 years, 6 months
85 Matty Barton Ash Palmisciano17th July 2009 # 10 years, 6 months
87 Angelica King Rebecca Bakes6th August 2009 # 10 years, 5 months
88 Jai Sharma Christopher Bisson 11th September 2009 # 10 years, 4 months
88 Priya Kotecha Fiona Wade14th September 2009 # 10 years, 4 months
90 Billy Hopwood David Crellin 3rd July 1997 19th October 2007 10 years, 3 months
90 Edward Ruskin George Little 5th February 1973 24th May 1983 10 years, 3 months
92 Bill Middleton Johnny Caesar 28th February 1984 1st March 1994 10 years, 1 month
92 Archie Brooks Tony Pitts 15th November 1983 30th December 1993 10 years, 1 month
94 Eve Jenson Suzanne Shaw31st August 2001 2nd August 2011 10 years
95 Lady Tara Thornfield Anna Brecon 31st July 1997 28th May 2007 9 years, 10 months
96 Jacob Gallagher Joe-Warren Plant 12th August 2010 # 9 years, 5 months
96 Emma Nightingale Rachel Ambler 19th January 1995 1st June 2004 9 years, 5 months
98 Amy Wyatt Natalie Ann Jamieson8th October 2010 # 9 years, 3 months
99 Elliot Windsor Luca Hoyle28th March 2011 # 8 years, 10 months
99 Emily Kirk Kate McGregor 5th May 1999 6th March 2008 8 years, 10 months
99 Albert Dingle Bobby Knutt 21st December 1995 21st October 2004 8 years, 10 months
99 Jock MacDonald Drew Dawson 3rd November 1981 18th September 1990 8 years, 10 months
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