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Rhona Muriel Goskirk is the daughter of Mary Goskirk, mother of Leo Goskirk, wife of Marlon Dingle and ex-wife of Paddy Kirk and Pierce Harris. Rhona is also a mother figure to Marlon's daughter April Windsor.

A vet by profession, Rhona is a partner in Emmerdale Veterinary Surgery after Kim Tate gave Jamie's shares over to her.


2001-2002: Arrival and relationship with Marlon Dingle[]

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Rhona's first appearance in September 2001.

Veterinary Surgeon Rhona Goskirk first arrives in Emmerdale in September 2001 to work as a locum for Zoe Tate at the local vet's surgery. Marlon Dingle soon becomes smitten with Rhona after fellow vet Paddy Kirk introduces them. After being set up by Paddy and Emily Dingle, Rhona and Marlon go on a date in The Woolpack, which leads to them dating. Things between Rhona and Marlon are going steady until Marlon's former girlfriend, Tricia Fisher, returns to the village. Rhona leaves soon after in October 2001.

In June 2002, Rhona returns to the village to temporarily replace Zoe after she is diagnosed with schizophrenia and is incapable of working. She and Marlon soon start their relationship again, but she soon leaves once again in November.

2010-2011: Return to Emmerdale, relationship with Paddy Kirk and birth of Leo[]

Rhona returns to the village in March 2010 to cover for Paddy at the Vet's Surgery after he is attacked by his foster son Aaron Livesy. She was greeted by Paddy and receptionist Pearl Ladderbanks. At lunch, Rhona confessed to Paddy that she was once married to and divorced from an unnamed man. After completing her contract, she leaves Emmerdale, but soon returns to help Paddy a he was tending to Aaron after his suicide attempt. She moves into Dale View with Andy Sugden and Ryan Lamb. Rhona starts bidding on a practice in town, angering Paddy, who is also interested as they're then bidding against each other. However, they both lose to a higher bidder and Marlon suggests for Paddy to let Rhona buy a share of his practice instead to stop the rivalry. On 10th June 2010, to become shared parters in the surgery. Marlon and Rhona soon rekinlded their relationship and she moved into Tall Trees Cottage with him.

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Rhona and Paddy kiss.

In October 2010, Rhona realises, she no longer loves Marlon, but instead has feelings for Paddy. At the start of November, she tells Marlon, she only likes him as a mate and moves out of Tall Trees back to the Dale View. On November 9th, after seeing Paddy dating a woman, she pours her heart to him and confesses her love for him. Her confession leaves Paddy speechless. Finally the next day Paddy tells her, he feels the same way to her surprise. After they both have confessed their feeling towards each other, she pulls him in for a kiss. He pushes her off as he feels he has betrayed Marlon. Rhona befriends Laurel Thomas, when she brings her hamster in the surgery. She confides, that she’s thinking of leaving the village because of the tension between Marlon and her. Horrified from what Rhona is saying, Laurel tells Paddy to figure things out with Rhona, so she wouldn't leave. Paddy seeing Rhona loading her bags to leave, begs her to stay. She tells him she can’t handle the drama between her and him. They argue back at the Vet’s on how to deal with the relationship, after a screaming match they passionately embrace. They agree that Paddy will tell Marlon the next day. Paddy tries, but can’t go through with telling him. Paddy attempts multiple times to tell Marlon the truth, but Rhona soon discovers, that she has missed her period and later takes a pregnacy test, which comes out positive.

Rhona reveals to Marlon, that she is carrying his baby. It initially makes him ecstatic, but then he's is horrified, when he finds out about Rhona and Paddy's relationship. Marlon then refuses to be part of the baby’s life to the point, where he doesn’t go to her first scan. On 13th December 2010, Paddy accompanies Rhona to the scan instead, but there's a sense she feels that Marlon should be there. Rhona's overwhelmed with joy during the scan, but panics, when the doctor asks for a word and it is revealed the baby is at a high risk of Down Syndrome.


Rhona gives birth to Leo.

Rhona decides to continue with the pregnancy. Marlon and Paddy back her up happily after Marlon comes around to the idea of becoming a father. The trio are all now good friends again. On 31st May 2011, Rhona goes into labour, however as she is unable to get hold of Paddy, Marlon and Rhona make their way to the hospital. Paddy is stuck in traffic as Marlon is as Rhona's rock during the final stage of labour. The baby arrives safely and Marlon and Rhona are overwhelmed as they welcome their child into the world. The next day the baby is named, Leo.

2012-2014: Marriage to Paddy and addiction to painkillers[]

In March 2012, Rhona starts to make plans to propose to Paddy. Unfortunately, Paddy gets drunk and Rhona can't do it. It's up to Marlon to explain to Paddy what was going to happen. Paddy then tells Rhona the reasons not to get married and that it was a piece of paper and their love didn't need it. However, Paddy is wracked with guilt and makes a T-shirt for Baby Leo to wear saying "Mummy, Please will you marry Daddy Paddy". The plan was for Paddy to say Leo was hot and for Rhona to take off his jacket and see the shirt but Marlon takes off the jacket and Paddy gets angry, upsetting Rhona. Paddy then follows Rhona into the Ladies Bathroom in the Woolpack where he gets down on one knee. Paddy and Rhona then get engaged.

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Paddy and Rhona's wedding.

On 9th August 2012, Rhona and Paddy marry. Around the same time, Paddy is offered a job in New Zealand and he and Rhona agreed to go. Marlon decides to go too, so he could be close to Leo, but he later changes his mind. Rhona tells Marlon, that she is still taking Leo to New Zealand. Rhona and Paddy marry, with Marlon arriving at the church at the last minute. During the reception, Marlon informs Rhona and Paddy, that he has taken legal action against them taking Leo out of the country. After a lot of debate between Rhona and Laurel about taking Leo to New Zealand, Rhona takes off with Leo. Paddy is forced to stay in the village after assaulting a police officer. Later on, Rhona and Leo make a reappearance in the village.

During December 2012, after everything had blown over, Rhona's college friend, Vanessa Woodfield, also a qualified vet, arrives in the village to cover for Paddy during his suspension. Rhona is ecstatic at her best friend's arrival, however, Paddy is less happy. He starts to become jealous of their friendship and doesn't like Vanessa's partying ways. She later agrees to have a share in the surgery and when Paddy is able to return to his duties he, Rhona and Vanessa all have their names above the door. Paddy, however, still dislikes Vanessa, but they try to get along for Rhona and the business' sake.

During May 2013, Rhona's life takes a turn for the worse, when she becomes addicted to the painkillers, she has been taking for her backache. When she eventually runs out of the pills, her personality changes and she becomes aggressive towards Paddy and Vanessa. Vanessa sees Rhona raid the surgery's drugs cabinet, warning her of the penalties, if she is caught. Rhona apologises and hides, while Leo cries in his cot. Vanessa sees this and is shocked by Rhona's state. She tells her, that Leo is fine before giving her a pill to make her feel better. This helps initially, but Rhona's dependence worsens dramatically.

When Rhona and Paddy go on a weekend away with friends Marlon Dingle and Laurel Thomas, Rhona buys painkillers and takes them. As a result, Rhona misses Leo's first steps and tells Paddy that she does not feel well, asking him to take her home, but then goes back to the cabin, while Vanessa looks after her. Vanessa confronts her about stealing painkillers from Sandy Thomas, leaving him in severe pain. Rhona denies it until Vanessa says she can have more painkillers, if she admits it and she does. Vanessa then refuses to give her anything and Rhona slaps her. Vanessa then tells Rhona, she needs professional help for her addiction. Vanessa tries to help Rhona wean herself off the painkillers and confesses that she has fallen in love with her. Rhona initially spurns her affection, but later makes Vanessa believe she feels the same, so she'll keep providing her with drugs. She also starts buying drugs from a dealer named Gary. Paddy gets suspicious of Rhona's odd behaviour and looks through her phone messages seeing she has been contacting Gary and lying about where she went.

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Rhona takes an overdose.

Later, Paddy walks in on Rhona and Vanessa kissing and Vanessa announcing their relationship. However, the two have a row and Rhona admits, she was just using Vanessa, who devastated, leaves her on her own. Shortly after she has an overdose, is found by Marlon, Paddy and Irene and is taken to the hospital. The truth comes out and she starts to get help. She goes to rehab in late September 2013.

2015-2017: Paddy's affair and being raped by Pierce[]

In September 2015, after Vanessa takes home her son from the hospital, Rhona realises that she wants another baby. As she has not gotten pregnant again, she decides to adopt and discusses it with Paddy. He agrees and Leo's teacher, Tess Harris, is selected as one of their references. Tess befriends Rhona and tells her, that she is in love with a married man. Rhona encourages Tess to go for it, saying life is too short. However, in February 2016 after Tess dies in a car accident, Rhona learns that Paddy is Tess' married man. Initially, Rhona insists on carrying on as normal, but soon realises, she and Paddy cannot stay together, let alone adopt a child, as things are so bad between them that they hadn't realised, Leo was hurting his half-sister, April.

Rhona later begins a relationship with Tess' widow Pierce. Her friends are at first sceptical towards the relationship, but eventually warm up to him. Except for Vanessa, who continues to express her dislike towards him. In October, after Rhona and Pierce argue, she goes camping with Paddy, Marlon and Leo. However, Pierce arrives and they start arguing again. After Pierce leaves, Paddy and Rhona go after him and are involved in a pile-up, caused by Emma Barton pushing her husband, James, from a bridge. Rhona and Paddy are badly injured, but they all survive and Rhona continues her relationship with Pierce.

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Rhona and Pierce make a sex-tape.

In February 2017, Rhona and Pierce announce their engagement. Everybody is happy for them aside from Vanessa, who remains sceptical towards him and their relationship, thinking they're rushing into things. Pierce starts examining possessive behaviour and acting strangely. In March 2017, Vanessa informs Rhona that she doesn't like Pierce, he's not right for her, causing Rhona to storm out after insisting she's happy with him. At home, Rhona decides to try on some underwear for Pierce despite not really wanting to. Rhona models some of the underwear and he begins to record his reluctant fiancée. Despite Rhona not being comfortable, Pierce begins to kiss her with the camera still rolling. Rhona feels insecure about the sex-tape and asks Pierce to delete it after Vanessa accidentally sees it on his computer. Pierce tries to set Vanessa up by making it seem like she purposefully searched for and watched the tape, when in actuality he left it there for her to see to make Rhona distrust her.

In April Vanessa realises Pierce has lied to Rhona about deleting the tape and while trying to get proof, she accidentally sends the video to Paddy and Pearl. Rhona is furious and tells Vanessa, she wants her out of her life. However, they later make up and Rhona tells her, she wants her at her hen do and wedding. Vanessa skips the ceremony, but comes to the reception.

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Rhona being examined after being raped.

Rhona and Pierce marry on 24th April 2017, but when they get home, Pierce tells Rhona he wants the two of them to move away. Rhona refuses, which leads to Pierce lashing out and insisting she is still in love with Paddy. Rhona denies his accusations, but after seeing his violent behaviour Rhona is terrified and tries to run away, telling him they are over. However, Pierce stops her, pushes her to the floor and violently rapes her. The next day she leaves the house and goes to the police. She tells them, she was raped and goes through the medical examination, but when during the interview she is asked who did this to her, she can't take it anymore and leaves. She and Leo go away on holiday, while everyone believes she is on honeymoon with Pierce.

A few weeks later, Rhona reveals to Vanessa, that Pierce raped her on their wedding day. She struggles and it is revealed that when she was away with Leo, she started using pills again and leaves again for rehab. Upon her return, Vanessa eventually manages to persuade her into reporting him to the police. When the police come to arrest Pierce, Paddy and Marlon are furious, believing she has lied about him hitting her. However, they are horrified when she admits he raped her.


Rhona visits Pierce in prison.

In late July Pierce's trial is held. As Rhona takes the stand, with tears streaming down her face, she talks about the assault and tells the jury, how she kept saying no and begged Pierce to stop, but he didn't. Rhona's testimony has an effect on everyone in the court. The defense tries to paint a picture that the bruises on Rhona's arms were just a result of the couples' wild sex life and Rhona's claims are just an attempt to punish Pierce as she is having an affair with Paddy, Despite this, a few days later, Pierce is found guilty of rape and subsequently sentenced to five years in prison. After the trial, Rhona struggles to cope and seeks comfort in Harriet Finch. In August 2017, Rhona goes to see Pierce in prison. He tries to apologise to her, but Rhona can see Pierce is still trying to manipulate and control her, so she calls him a "Sad, pathetic, delusional man". She declares, she's going to live the rest of her life the best she can before she walks out.

2018-2019: Relationship with Pete Barton[]

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Rhona and Pete Barton.

In early 2018, Rhona starts dating Pete Barton after she bids on him in a people's skills auction. A few months later he moves in with her and Leo. In February 2019, while Rhona is on call, Pete accidentally drives a tractor into the barn, not knowing Rhona is inside. She gets badly wounded and taken to hospital for surgery. Luckily she makes it, but she has some test done and Rhona confides in Vanessa, she has fibroids and the doctors are recommending a hysterectomy. Rhona explains that she didn't want to have any more children, but it is a shock having that choice taken from her. Pete struggles to handle this. She later breaks up with Pete as she doesn't want to be the reason he can never have kids. On 11th March 2019, Rhona has a hysterectomy and starts to recover. Pete and Rhona get back together and she asks him to move back in, which he happily agrees to.

Following the revelation that the insurance company won't pay for Rhona accident and the vets continuously losing customers to a Bargain Vets, the vets start to find themselves in financial trouble. Pete and Rhona's relationship starts to hit a rough patch after the accident and as Rhona starts thinking she's about to go through menopause and is having mood swings.

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The vets partner up with Kim Tate.

In April 2019, Rhona befriends recently released out of prison, Kim Tate and opens up to her about her menopause and insecurities about her relationship with Pete. However, Vanessa and Paddy continue to be hostile towards Kim, not wanting anything to do with her. Kim takes an interest in the Vets Surgery and wants to buy in, but Paddy and Vanessa refuse. Rhona however, thinks it's a good idea to help them out of their financial troubles, and after Kim comes to her with an idea to open up her own practice, she convinces Paddy and Vanessa to change their minds and make Kim a partner in the practice.

As Rhona keeps struggling in her relationship with Pete, she is upset when Pete opens up to his ex, Debbie Dingle, about her menopause as she thought that was private and feels insecure about Pete still being interested in Debbie, as she is younger and more conventionally attractive. However, Pete insists that isn't the case. In late April, Rhona goes on a night out at a club with many of the villagers and ends up kissing Nate Robinson, but soon regrets it. When Nate turns up in the village, as the new help at Butler's Farm (the farm Pete co-owns and works at), Rhona is forced to face him and the guilt leads to her admitting her infidelity to Pete.

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Rhona gives back the ring.

In mid-July 2019, Pete proposes to Rhona who accepts. However, she soon starts having seconds thoughts as she feels the spark has gone away slightly. They have a talk and confess, they both love each other, but Pete can't give up having kids of his own. Rhona says, she needs to be with someone, who wants her like she is, and not despite all the things she's lacking. Rhona gives Pete back the ring and they have a tearful goodbye. Rhona later admits to Vanessa, she feels relieved that her and Pete's relationship is over.

2019-2020: Relationship with Graham Foster and Pierce's return[]

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Rhona and Graham Foster.

Later in the month, Kim sents Graham to the vets to get back at Rhona for helping Jamie trick her into signing over her shares of the business to him. However, Rhona defies Graham and locks them both in. They have no option but to engage in conversation. Rhona presses Graham as to why he always does Kim’s bidding, and starts to admit to her about his and Kim's complicated relationship as well as his part in his ex-wife's death. As Rhona and Graham develop a new understanding of one another, Rhona reminds him that his life is too short to be ruled by someone selfish like Kim – and she suggest to him, that he breaks free of her and joins up with Joe, wherever he is. In response, Graham doesn't follow through with Kim’s orders.

Later, Rhona starts moving pieces on Graham's chessboard whilst on call at Home Farm, secretly playing a long game of chess with him. Graham is impressed, when in late August, he realises, she is his secret opponent and even more so when she wins with one move. They continue to play and flirt with each other. In October, they finally kiss and start going out. However, Kim is not happy and try many tricks to get them apart, including turning Rhona's colleagues against her and setting her up with a job in France. Rhona grows increasingly annoyed with Kim's antics and quits her job at the vets after clashing with Jamie. She and Graham then decide to go ahead with their move to France, but when on Christmas Day Marlon finds out about their plans to move and take Leo with them, he puts a stop to it. However, the couple secretly return to their original plans and are set to leave the village on 20th January 2020, without telling Marlon. On the same day, Rhona finally reveals their moving plans to Marlon, who is devastated and furious. Their plans would never see the light of day as that same night Graham is murdered.

The day following his murder, Rhona is worried, when Graham never came home the night before and her worst fear comes true, when the police informs her, Graham's body has been found. Marlon is arrested due to his very public fight with Graham the night of his murder. He is soon charged with the murder after the murder weapon is found in his house. After Rhona visits him in prison, she becomes convinced, he has been set up and is determined to find the real killer and to clear Marlon's name. She becomes convinced that Kim was responsible for Graham's death and desperate to prove it, going so far as to break into her house in search of evidence. Little does she know that the actual killer, Pierce, who has gotten early release and is on a mission to get Rhona back and avenge everyone, he thought had hurt her, is lurking in the shadows watching her every move.

In late February 2020, Rhona finally finds a card with the text "Our destiny is near. Pierce x." that was attached to some mysterious flowers, she got shortly after Graham's death. She is horrified to realise, Pierce had been stalking her and soon comes to the conclusion, he must be the one responsible for Graham's death. A few days later, Rhona gets a call from Vanessa, but is disturbed when she realises, she has been held hostage by Pierce, who now is using her to get Rhona to him. She agrees to meet him in order to free Vanessa and her young son Johnny. On 25th February 2020, Rhona is terrified to come face to face with Pierce at Mulberry Cottage but stays calm trying to outsmart her. She manages to get him to trust her and secretly films him. He confesses to Graham's murder, which she live-streames to the "Free Marlon" website, getting the attention of the villagers, who finally called the police. She finally takes Pierce down once and for all and tells him, neither he nor Graham was her hero or protector and that the only thing she's learned from him was that she needed to protect herself before he was taken by police.

In April 2020, Rhona finds out Graham had rewritten his will shortly before his death and had now left her a large amount of money. She decides to use the money to buy into Butlers Farm, becoming the business partner of Moira Dingle.

2021 to present: Reuniting with Marlon[]

In 2021, Rhona and Marlon reunite after having a sleepover with the kids on New Years. Jimmy questions the pair on the happenings at the sleepover, hinting at something more happening between them. The pair, annoyed, insist they're just friends and Jimmy backs off. Rhona suggests orchestrating more family dates to make the kids happy and Marlon agrees. They laugh about the idea of getting back together. Rhona continues spending more time with Marlon.

Marlon and April later move into Smithy Cottage. Rhona supports Marlon when he confides in her about his money troubles after buying a share in The Woolpack. In September April tells Rhona, she has discovered Cathy Hope is the one bullying her. Rhona finds Cathy at the Cricket Pavilion and furiously confronts her. Rhona forces Cathy to tell Brenda and Bob, Brenda is dismissive of Rhona's accusations and a spat ensures with Rhona pushing Brenda to the ground. Rhona is later arrested on an allegation of assault by Brenda, the police charge Rhona and give her a date to appear in court.

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In February 2022, Rhona receives a letter from Pierce from prison, explaining he is dying and asking her to track down his long-lost-son, Marcus Dean. When Rhona confides in Vanessa, she is horrified and urges Rhona to ignore the request and to tell Marlon about it. However, Rhona ends up tracking Marcus down and leaves him a voice mail, though she later regrets this. When Marcus calls back, Vanessa answers Rhona's phone and pretends to be Rhona in order to tell him to forget about her first message. Not satisfied by that explanation, Marcus soon turns up in the village looking for Rhona and is faced by Vanessa, who again poses as Rhona. However, Rhona stumbles upon them and the truth is revealed. Rhona and Marcus have a talk and before either of them has the chance to see Pierce again, the prison informs them in a phone call that he had died.

Marlon soon discovers that Pierce has died while reading the paper. He is surprised Rhona already knew and she explains the reason for not telling him as "not wanting to give him the headspace". Things get complicated when Marcus shows up in the village for a date with Ethan Anderson and Marlon eventually finds out he is Pierce's son. He is furious Rhona has been lying to him. Rhona works to make amends and, after realizing Marlon didn't think she was serious about them, decides to propose to him. However, her plans don't go according to plan as the proposal Rhona's written on the ground, with the help of Moira, is left unnoticed by a disappointed Marlon. The second proposal is interrupted mid-way the proposal by the surprise arrival of Rhona's mother, Mary Goskirk in March. Rhona is bemused by her mother's arrival as she has rarely visited before and has grown annoyed of her often back-handed and blunt comments towards her.


The happy couple.

Marlon and Rhona feel overwhelmed by the long visit of her mother. At the same time Rhona and Vanessa are planning a new proposal unbeknownst to Marlon. Rhona tells her mother of her plans after she's pushed about the subject of marriage. Mary agrees to help. With Marlon's birthday coming up April wants to throw him a surprise party, which Rhona reluctantly agrees to. She decides to propose to Marlon at the party. After Mary talks to Marlon about him and Rhona's relationship, he decides to propose again. Paddy reluctantly reveals to Marlon Rhona's organising him a party and he also decides to propose to her there. After a bit of delay, the pair finally get engaged with Marlon going down on his knees and Rhona writing "Will you marry me?" on a cake.

Marlon realizes he's missing Rhona's ring and runs back home with glee to retrieve it. Back home he suffers a stroke and, after April finds him laying on the ground, he's taken to the hospital with Rhona following him.

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Relationships and Affairs[]

Marlon Dingle[]

When Rhona first came to the village in 2001, Marlon Dingle quickly took a fancy towards her. Rhona and Marlon started dating and things were going steady between them until Marlon's former girlfriend, Tricia Fisher, returned to the village and Rhona soon left. They rekindled their romance when she returned the following year but she didn't stay long.

When Rhona returned again almost 8 years later, she and Marlon once again rekindled their romance and by June 2010, Rhona moved in with Marlon at Tall Trees Cottage. However, by October 2010 she realises that she doesn't love Marlon and in the start of November, she tells Marlon that she only likes him as a mate and moves out.

In May 2011, Rhona gave birth to Marlon's son Leo, whom she, Marlon and her next partner Paddy Kirk has co-parented ever since.

In 2021, Rhona reunited with Marlon and he later moved into Smithy Cottage with her. In November, he proposed to her although she turned him down, insisting they are good as they are. However, in March 2022, Rhona started making plans to propose to Marlon herself. They finally got engaged at his birthday party in the pub after both planned a proposal to happen at the party.

Paddy Kirk[]

In late 2010, while she was still with Marlon, Rhona realised she had feelings for her colleague (and Marlon's best friend) Paddy Kirk. They confess their feelings for each other in November 2010 and she pulls him in for a kiss but he pushes her off as he feels he has betrayed Marlon. However, after Rhona confides in Laurel Thomas that she's thinking of leaving the village Paddy begs her to stay, and their heated argument turns into a passionate embrace. Soon after Rhona discovers she is pregnant with Marlon's baby and the trio struggles to cope with the new dynamic of the three of them and the baby, but eventually figured it out and all three found a peace.

In March 2012, Rhona and Paddy got engaged and they married in August. However, troubles arise for the couple in 2013, as Rhona's pain-killer addiction and subsequent lies start coming between them. Once Paddy finds out the truth they start moving forward together and repair their marriage.

By late 2015, Rhona and Paddy decided they wanted another baby but after Rhona was unable to get pregnant they started looking into adoption. In February 2016, Rhona discovers that Paddy had been having an affair with Leo's teaching assistant Tess Harris but she still wants to carry on as normal as she still wants a child but soon realises that she and Paddy cannot stay together, let alone adopt a child, as things are so bad between them that they didn't realise that Leo was hurting his half-sister, April. They eventually got a divorce and Rhona moved on with her next relationship.

Vanessa Woodfield[]

Vanessa Woodfield was Rhona's old best friend from her days at university, however, their friendship took a turn when Rhona became addicted to painkillers in 2013. Vanessa was the only one who knew about her problem and agreed to keep it secret but she shocked Rhona when she admitted she was in love with her. Rhona eventually told Vanessa she loves her too and kissed her, in order to convince her to keep her secret and keep supplying her with pills. However, shortly after Paddy sees them kissing and Rhona later admitted she had only used Vanessa. When Rhona started getting help for her addiction, she and Vanessa rebuilt their friendship. They have remained best friends through all the following years.

Pierce Harris[]

After her and Paddy's marriage broke down Rhona begins a relationship with Tess' widow Pierce Harris. The people in Rhona's life, however, are wary about the relationship, especially Vanessa who doesn't like him and makes that clear.

In February 2017, Rhona and Pierce gets engaged. Pierce starts pushing Rhona more and more outside of her comfort zone, filming her when she tries on some underwear which, despite Rhona being uncomfortable, turns into them making a sex tape. In April 2017, Pierce and Rhona marry but on their wedding night, Pierce turns violent as Rhona turns down his offer of moving away together and after a terrified Rhona realises her friends were right and tries to run away, Pierce pushes her to the floor and violently rapes her. Rhona eventually confided her experience in her friends and reported Pierce. He was finally sent down in July 2017, and Rhona divorced him.

Pete Barton[]

In early 2018, Rhona starts dating Pete Barton after she bids on him in a people's skills auction. A few months later he moves in with her and Leo. Their relationship went through a rough patch in February and March 2019 after Rhona is forced to have a hysterectomy. Rhona breaks up with Pete as she doesn't want to be the reason he can never have kids but they soon get back together. However, their relationship remains rocky as Rhona starts going through menopause and having mood swings. They repair their relationship and in mid-July 2019, Pete proposes to Rhona who accepts. However, Rhona soon starts having seconds thoughts as she feels the spark has gone away slightly. They eventually both confess they love each other but Pete can't give up having kids of his own and Rhona needs to be with someone who wants her like she is and not despite all the things she's lacking. Rhona gives Pete back the ring and they have a tearful goodbye.

Graham Foster[]

Shortly after her relationship with Pete, Rhona starts getting close to Graham Foster while on-call at Home Farm where he works. In October 2019, Rhona and Graham finally kissed and started dating, much to the despair of his ex Kim Tate who started tormenting them and trying to break them apart, which never worked. By December 2019, they planned to leave the village together and move to France, but their plans fell apart when Graham was murdered in January 2020.


"Hello. This is a lovely restaurant." (First line, to Marlon Dingle)

"You know, when I said about drumming up more business, I didn't mean going out late at night and mowing down all the local pets." (to Paddy Kirk when he thinks he hit a cat)

"Oh, Ladderbanks... Eyes like a hawk, gob like the Mersey Tunnel." (to Vanessa Woodfield about Pearl Ladderbanks)

"I'm done here, Pierce. You get treated like a sex offender, because you are one. So good luck with the counselling on that. I'm gonna live the rest of my life now, Pierce, the best I can. You've taken all you're gonna get from me." (to Pierce Harris in a prison visit)

"I am deeply sorry that Graham came after you. And if I'd have known, I would have said to him what I'm saying to you now. You are not my hero. You are not my protector. And the only thing I learned about my relationship with you, is that I have to protect myself." (to Pierce Harris)

See also[]