Cathy and Heath in Emmerdale

Cathy and Heath in Emmerdale: Who are their parents? How are they related to April?

They've had a troubled upbringing so it's no wonder they're causing problems!

Cathy and Heath in Emmerdale are the teenage twin children of Bob Hope and his late wife, Viv. They’re uncle and aunt to April Windsor, who’s just two years younger.

They’ve been quiet for a while, but they’re back on our screens now, in the middle of April’s cyber-bullying storyline. In fact, some fans even think Cathy is responsible for the horrible messages April’s been receiving.

So who are Cathy and Heath?

Who plays Cathy and Heath in Emmerdale?

The village siblings are played by real-life twins Gabrielle and Sebastian Dowling. They’ve played Cathy and Heath since they were tiny babies back in 2007, and are still portraying the Hope siblings now they’re 14 years old.

Cathy and Heath are part of a tight group of youngsters in Emmerdale, but are they troublemakers? (Credit: ITV)

Their mum, Louise, signed them up for the show when she was pregnant. As a former professional dancer, she knew what was involved in the showbiz life, and thought it would be a great opportunity for her tots.

But as the babies weren’t on permanent contract at first, they had no idea that 14 years later the kids would still be starring in the show!

During lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic, some of Emmerdale’s younger actors stopped filming for a while.

And when Cathy and Heath returned to our screens, viewers were astonished to see how grown up they looked!

Cathy and Heath in Emmerdale and their dramatic arrival

Bob and Viv were married with several children between them when Viv found out she was expecting. They’d wanted a baby so Viv was overjoyed. But Bob wasn’t thrilled at the idea of adding to his brood, especially as he was still grieving for his daughter Dawn Woods, who’d been killed in a tragic accident.

Viewers were shocked by how much Cathy and Heath had changed when they reappeared after lockdown (Credit: ITV)

He wanted Viv to terminate her pregnancy but changed his mind and when she went to have the abortion, he stopped her.

Cathy and Heath were born in typical soapy dramatic fashion, when Viv unexpectedly went into labour on the moors. Luckily, Paddy Kirk was on hand to deliver the babies – even though he’s more used to delivering lambs and calves!

They were named Catherine and Heathcliffe after the heroine and hero of Wuthering Heights and are now known as Cathy and Heath.

What happened to Cathy and Heath’s mum?

Viv was devoted to her children, but when they were still very small, she got involved with a dodgy charity scheme and ended up in prison for fraud – even though she’d been conned herself.

Viv was played by actress Deena Payne (Credit: ITV)

When she was released, she was heartbroken when the twins didn’t recognise her at first.

In 2011, Viv was inside the post office in the village with Cathy and Heath, when it was set on fire by Emmerdale villain Nick Henshall.

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Bob went inside the burning building and managed to rescue the children. Brave Terry Woods – who’d been married to the twins’ big sister Dawn – went into the flames to try to get Viv, but both he and Viv died.

The twins and Brenda

When Bob got together with Brenda Walker, she took them under her wing and they grew very close to her.

Brenda loves the twins and they love her (Credit: ITV)

But when Bob and Brenda got married – despite Bob cheating – and then quickly broke up, the twins were upset. They began causing some trouble and even set fire to their dad’s belongings. But they calmed down when Bob allowed them to move back in with Brenda.

April’s bullying

Cathy and Heath have been standing by their niece April as she struggles with the online trolling. And now they’ve spilled the beans to her dad Marlon and stepmum Rhona.

Cathy tires to comfort April over the trolling in Emmerdale
Cathy’s supporting April but is she hiding something? (Credit: ITV)

But fans are still convinced Cathy and Heath could be involved.

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