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Emmerdale: Who is Annie Sugden? Village legend sadly dies

Annie is a big part of Emmerdale's history!

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Emmerdale village legend Annie Sugden has sadly died.

In tonight’s episode of the ITV soap (Friday, August 28) Victoria received a call from Diane. She was given the sad news that her grandmother, Annie, has died.

Emmerdale: Who is Annie Sugden? Village legend sadly dies
Victoria learnt Annie has died (Credit: ITV)

Annie, played by the late actress Sheila Mercier, is a legend in the Emmerdale village. But for those new viewers, here is a recap on who Annie is.

Emmerdale: Who is Annie Sugden?

Annie was one of the soap’s original characters. She appeared in the very first episode of Emmerdale Farm in 1972.

She is the mother of Joe and Jack Sugden and grandmother to Andy, Robert Victoria Sugden and Sam and Sally Skilbeck.

Emmerdale: Who is Annie Sugden? Village legend sadly dies
Annie was an original Emmerdale character (Credit: ITV)

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Annie appeared on and off from 1972 until her final appearance in 2009.

What Emmerdale storylines was Annie involved in?

During her time on the soap, the character Annie had numerous storylines. She was widowed twice and had to deal with the deaths of family members.

In December 1993, Annie was involved in the famous storyline which saw a plane crash into Emmerdale (which at the time was known as Beckingdale village).

At the time of the crash, Annie and husband Leonard were heading to the airport to go to Spain. They were being driven by Annie’s son Joe.

But as they were leaving, a piece of wreckage hit Joe’s car and, as he swerved, he went into a ditch.

Emmerdale: Who is Annie Sugden? Village legend sadly dies
The plane crash left Annie in a coma for months. However she did survive! (Credit: Shutterstock/ITV)

Leonard suffered head injuries and died. Annie was left in a coma for three months but survived.

After the plane crash, the village had its name changed from Beckingdale to Emmerdale to honour the Sugden family and so it wouldn’t be the village where the plane crashed.

Annie eventually moved to Spain and married her third husband Amos.

She briefly returned in 1995 and 1996. But her final appearance was in 2009 for her son, Jack’s funeral.

Emmerdale: Who is Annie Sugden? Village legend sadly dies
Annie’s last appearance was in 2009 (Credit: Shutterstock/ITV)

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Although she hasn’t returned to the village in over a decade, she has been mentioned many times by her family and friends.

Last year, Victoria was raped by Lee Posner, she and Robert went to visit their grandmother.

Annie Sugden actress Sheila Mercier

Actress Sheila Mercier played the role of Annie. The actress died last year in her sleep at the age of 100.

After the news broke, her co-stars paid tribute to Sheila.

Emmerdale airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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