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The cast of Emmerdale in 1972.

A list of all Emmerdale Farm characters who were seen in the show on a regular basis when it began in 1972. Sorted by departure date, with most recent first.

Two characters from the original cast were eventually replaced with Clive Hornby taking over from Andrew Burt in 1980 and Debbi Blythe taking over from Gail Harrison for a short recurring period in 1987.

Of the original cast seen in the first episode in 1972, only Frazer Hines, Frederick Pyne, Jo Kendall and Gail Harrison are still alive and of those, only Frazer Hines's character (Joe Sugden) and Jo Kendall's character (Peggy Skilbeck) have been killed off in the show.

Note: If the character was played by more than one credited actor, only the most recent actor is displayed. Characters played by more than one actor are indicated by a # sign.


Image Character Actor Departure
Annie Sugden 2009.png Annie Sugden Sheila Mercier 10th February 2009
Jack Sugden 1990.png Jack Sugden # Clive Hornby 21st February 2008
Amos1994.png Amos Brearly Ronald Magill 6th July 1995
Joe Sugden 1992.png Joe Sugden Frazer Hines 11th August 1994
Wilksy1972.png Henry Wilks Arthur Pentelow 29th August 1991
Matt Skilbeck 1989.png Matt Skilbeck Frederick Pyne 7th December 1989
Marian Wilks 1987.jpg Marian Rosetti # Debbi Blythe 1st September 1988
SamPearson1978.png Sam Pearson Toke Townley 22nd November 1984
Peggy 1972.png Peggy Skilbeck Jo Kendall 16th July 1973
Pat Sugden 1984.jpg Pat Sugden # Helen Weir 11th September 1986
Tom Merrick 1985.jpg Tom Merrick # Jack Carr 10th February 1988
Jackie Merrick.png Jackie Merrick # Ian Sharrock 24th August 1989
SandieMerrick1986.png Sandie Merrick # Jane Hutcheson 11th May 1989
Janie Harker 1986.jpg Janie Harker # Lesley Duff 9th September 1986
Frank Blakey.png Frank Blakey Eric Allan 22nd January 1974

See also