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Monday 23rd September 2019

Emmerdale's Chris Chittell "overwhelmed" by Queen's birthday honours recognition

Services to drama and charity

Veteran Emmerdale actor Chris Chittell is among the famous faces and inspirational people who were included in the 2019 birthday honours list yesterday.

The soap star, who has been part of the cast of Emmerdale as Eric Pollard for over three decades, is being awarded a British Empire Medal.

Chris Chittell has been honoured (Credit: Splash)

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According to Digital Spy Chris admits he's overwhelmed to be honoured, saying: "When I first heard I would be receiving this honour I couldn't quite believe it.

"Then I thought of the hundreds of people I have met along the way who give up their time for others and are not set to receive an accolade, so I share this with them.

"I am overwhelmed I've been given this for my drama and charity work."

Chris' character Pollard has been going through a tough time in Emmerdale of late.

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He was recently seriously injured after being run over following a crash between Jamie Tate and Megan.

Knocked down, but not out! Credit: ITV)

Then he was hit with the bombshell that grandson Jacob has been enjoying a clandestine affair with his dad David's girlfriend, Maya.

I am overwhelmed I've been given this for my drama and charity work.

Eric is trying to support Jacob (Credit: ITV)

Pollard has been dismayed with David's handling of the difficult situation, not least after discovering he'd slept with his ex and Jacob's mum, Leyla.

Leyla and David got it on... again (Credit: ITV)

Emmerdale airs Monday - Friday, 7pm, ITV, with an extra episode, usually on Thursday.

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