The cast of Emmerdale 2022 will celebrate their 50th year on screen later this year.
But with deaths, births and exits ahead, who will make it out of the year alive?
Who is in the cast of Emmerdale 2022?
Who is in the cast of Emmerdale 2022?
Let’s find out…
Unforgettable characters will forever be arriving and departing the village.
But here’s the complete list of Emmerdale 2022 characters.
Kim Tate (Claire King)
One of soap’s biggest icons, Kim Tate, played by Claire King returned to the village in 2018, nearly 20 years after her first departure in October 1999.
Regarded as one of the biggest bitches in Soapland, Kim pretty much rules Emmerdale!
She has, however, endured much loss. She believes her son, Jamie, is dead, and her granddaughter Millie has gone to live with her other granny, Hazel.
But Jamie is actually alive and well and taking care of Millie himself.
Kim, meanwhile, is now engaged to Will Taylor and the proud part-owner of Jimmy King’s haulage firm, as well as numerous other houses and businesses in the village.
Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell)
Nearly 25 years after his debut, Zak Dingle, played by Steve Halliwell, is part of the Emmerdale furniture.
The head of the Dingle clan, Zak was left heartbroken by the death of his wife, Lisa.
Struggling with his grief, in September 2019, he left the village to spend time with his daughter Debbie in Scotland.
But he delighted fans by returning in March 2020.
Read more: Who’s leaving Emmerdale this year?
Moira Dingle (Natalie J Robb)
Previously Moira Barton, the farmer, played by Natalie J Robb arrived alongside husband John and kids Adam, Holly and Hannah in 2009 to run the family farm.
An affair with Cain Dingle and the death of John saw Moira left completely alone. She eventually married Cain.
The death of her daughter, Holly, to a drug overdose nearly destroyed Moira, but she managed to make it through.
She nearly lost everything again when she murdered Emma Barton, but son Adam took the blame and went on the run.
In 2019, she started to feel neglected by Cain and had an affair with Nate – unaware that Nate was Cain’s secret son.
When Cain found out, he dumped Moira. Moira hit rock bottom – and the booze. She eventually left to sort herself out.
The couple have since reunited and she is now the voice of reason to caveman Cain as he wages war against Al Chapman.
Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley)
Dingle bad boy Cain, played by Jeff Hordley, might have matured over the years, but he’s still got that edge that we know and love him for.
Debbie couldn’t forgive him for that and it sent Cain spiralling – until he discovered Joe is alive and well and he never really killed him.
Cain’s bad boy persona has reemerged recently as he takes on the Chapmans.
His anger has alienated his son, Kyle, who was terrified to see his dad in such a state.
Recently surviving a car accident, can Cain move on from this feud?
And how will he feel when he finds out his mum, Faith, is dying?
Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley)
This Emmerdale legend is the daughter of Caleb and Vera-Lynn Dingle.
When the relationship fell apart, she exchanged vows with Paddy Kirk.
Sadly, that marriage didn’t work out either and she left the Dales two years later.
However, Mandy returned in 2019 – some 20 years later – with stepson Vinny by her side.
After the death of fiancé Paul she learnt he had been beating Vinny. Mandy found herself drawn to Jimmy King, but he went back to his wife.
She’s now the proud owner of the salon, which she has named PampaManda.
Mandy was left heartbroken earlier this year when she found out Vinny had married Liv Flaherty behind her back.
Although she eventually came round and attended their formal celebration as guest of honour.
Vinny Dingle (Bradley Johnson)
Vinny, played by Bradley Johnson, was just nine-months-old when he first met Mandy.
She was on her first date with his father at the time but the pair bonded straight away.
Years later, his dad Paul Ashdale walked out on him and Mandy – but Mandy saw him as her own and raised him before she took him back to Emmerdale village.
When Paul reappeared in his life, he began abusing Vinny.
Vinny managed to get through that ordeal – and also survive Meena Jutla’s terrifying murder attempt.
He married Liv Flaherty when the pair eloped earlier this year.
Mandy was heartbroken, but she got over it when they threw a wedding celebration and made her guest of honour.
Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter)
Faith is the mother of Chas Dingle and Cain Dingle – although she abandoned them with their alcoholic father Shadrach when they were young.
They have struggled to forgive Faith, but when she came back into their lives, they managed to forge a relationship.
However, Faith is hiding a shocking new secret: she has secondary breast cancer and it is terminal.
Although Faith has only been given months to live, she hasn’t shared the news with her family for fear they will reject her.
Moira knows and is urging her to be honest with Cain, but will Faith reveal the truth?
Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton)
After taking in former stepdaughter Dawn, who was in Harriet’s life when she was working as an undercover police officer, Will was back on the scene.
Despite initially trying to make Harriet’s life hell, she and Will got engaged.
Then she had an affair with her ex, DI Malone, who was a baddie and got bumped off by Dawn.
Harriet lost her mind with guilt over covering it up.
She has since got herself back together, and rejoined the police.
She fell victim to Meena, but thankfully survived and is back patrolling the streets and keeping the Dales safe.
Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell)
The longest-serving character currently in the show, Eric Pollard, played by Chris Chittell, has been on our screens for almost 36 years since September 1986.
Known for being villainous, he’s toned down in recent years and was really softened by his marriage to the late Val Lambert (Charlie Hardwick). His grief when Val died has stayed with many a viewer since.
Currently in a relationship with Brenda, he’s father to David Metcalfe and step-grandad to Jacob Gallagher, as well as being a surrogate dad to Amy Wyatt.
Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins)
Another carrying the iconic Sugden name, Victoria, played by Isabel Hodgins is the current longest-serving female character.
The 28-year-old chef has been married once, to Adam Barton, fallen for her transgender brother-in-law Matty Barton and was at the centre of a horrifying rape storyline in 2019.
Her brother Robert Sugden is now in prison for killing her rapist.
She gave birth to rapist, Lee Posner’s, baby and started dating his brother, Luke.
Victoria was almost killed by serial killer Meena after she stole David Metcalfe from her.
David and Vic escaped to Portugal for a break from Meena’s madness and returned at the end of January.
Victoria is about to be stunned by a proposal from David, so will she become Victoria Metcalfe before too long?
Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter)
Arriving in Emmerdale in 2002 dressed as a nun for her cousin, Marlon’s stag night, Chas Dingle, played by Lucy Pargeter, has become one of the shows more enduring characters.
Her most turbulent relationship was with Carl King, however she’s now with Paddy Kirk, with whom she had baby Grace in 2018. Grace had bilateral renal agenesis and died in her mother’s arms moments after being born.
Chas and Paddy now have a second daughter, Eve.
The former landlady of the Woolpack is back behind the bar after Charity bought the pub, but how their business partnership will go is anyone’s guess.
Paddy Dingle (Dominic Brunt)
He might be thought of as a comedy character, but boy can Paddy Dingle do drama too.
Played by Dominic Brunt, Paddy’s bumbling ways and bad luck make for amusing storylines, but his relationship with surrogate son Aaron Dingle, and the loss of his child, Gracie, with partner Chas put him right up there with any of the best for the most heartbreaking scenes.
He’s currently battling his emotions as he tries to support best friend, and comedy partner, Marlon, through his stroke.
Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards)
Bear, played by Joshua Richards, is Paddy’s biological dad.
He joined the cast of Emmerdale in February 2019.
Bear is a wrestler on the circuit, but it turned out he was totally broke and pitched up in Emmerdale looking to bond with his son – and for a place to stay.
Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry)
Vet Rhona Goskirk, played by Zoe Henry, became a full-time regular in 2010. She has a son, Leo, with Marlon, was married to Paddy, and has battled a painkiller addiction.
She also married domestic abuser Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather), the widower of Tess Harris (Nicola Stephenson) who had an affair with Rhona’s husband Paddy. Pierce raped her and Rhona reported him to the police, ending their marriage.
Rhona began a relationship with Pete Barton in 2018, but things ended after she was forced to undergo a hysterectomy and entered an early menopause.
She is currently back together with ex Marlon Dingle, and things are tough after he suffered a stroke.
As Marlon faces a long, difficult rehabilitation, Rhona is exhausted and doesn’t know where to turn.
Desperate to support him, will she end up making herself ill as she struggles to cope?
David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden)
Dim David Metcalfe‘s had something of a personality transplant since he arrived in 2006.
The illegitimate son of Eric Pollard, played by Matthew Wolfenden, he first turned up to con his father out of everything and was a ruthless, mean businessman.
But he’s since softened and become hapless, naive and not-very-with-it, although he successfully highlighted the issue of testicular cancer in 2016.
He’s been in relationships with most of the women in the village (Nicola, Leyla, Priya, Tracy to name a few), and it was thought his relationship with Maya was his most disastrous when it was revealed she had been grooming and sleeping with his stepson, Jacob.
However, he’s gone one better: shacking up with a serial killer. Ex-girlfriend Meena murdered Leanna Cavanagh, Andrea Tate and Ben Tucker, and tried to kill David’s new love Victoria.
They escaped, and now he’s planning to propose. Given his track record, however, is that really a good idea?
Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper)
With all that she’s been through in her 23 years in the Dales, it’s little wonder Belle, played by Eden Taylor-Draper, battles mental health demons.
She accidentally killed her best mate Gemma Andrews (Tendai Rinomhota) and ended up being sectioned.
After an ill-fated affair with local, much older, doctor Jermaine Bailey, Belle was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
She recovered in hospital and once released, she embarked on a relationship with Lachlan White – which ended in horror when she discovered he was a serial killer.
Fed-up with her lot working in the B&B, Belle is set to embark on a new career as a meditation teacher.
But is a partnership with Al Chapman the best idea? Or could he do the dirty on her like he has the rest of the village?
Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson)
Reformed character Jai, played by Chris Bisson, has worked hard to turn his life around from abusive addict to kindhearted businessman.
He was horrible to all the women in his life, cheating on wife Charity with Rachel Breckle, then making Rachel’s life hell, before cheating on new wife Megan with Leyla.
After a cocaine addiction saw him lose everything, he started a relationship with fellow addict Holly, and was devastated when she died from an overdose.
He was in a relationship with Laurel Thomas and the pair faced heartbreak when they decided to abort their baby last year after discovering it had Down Syndrome.
When Jai faced a huge fine he couldn’t pay, he took out a loan in Laurel’s name behind her back and she found out and dumped him.
She eventually agreed to take him back, but just as they were about to go public, Laurel thought he was back on drugs.
Viewers know Jai is innocent, but Laurel ended things for good and the pair are now at loggerheads.
Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy)
Known for being thoughtful and caring since her arrival in 2002, Laurel, played by Charlotte Bellamy, has been challenged by various storylines, including her alcohol addiction.
She was married to Ashley Thomas, who sadly passed away after a diagnosis of early onset dementia. They had two children together, Arthur and Dotty.
Laurel tried to move on with Bob Hope, Ashley’s best mate, but it wasn’t true love and she kicked him out.
She then moved on with Jai, but was heartbroken when she decided to abort their baby.
And she then dumped him after discovering his fraud. Their brief reunion was put on hold when she thought he was back on drugs, but who know where the future will lead for this pair?
Archie Sharma (Kai Assi)
Young Archie, played by Kai Assi returned to Emmerdale in September 2019.
He had been living with his mother Rachel until she unexpectedly died from an undisclosed cardiac issue.
The little boy was then sent to live with his father Jai but the pair struggled to bond having not seen each other for several years.
Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton)
Absent mother to Amy, Kerry, played by Laura Norton, arrived in 2012 to build bridges with her daughter.
An often comedy character, she has dated her fair share of guys in the Dales, including Andy Sugden and Dan Spencer.
Kerry was away from the village last year as actress Laura Norton took maternity leave. She gave birth to her first son, Jesse, in January 2021.
She is now back on screens as Kerry has returned.
She’s caring for Chloe, the daughter of her former employer, and shacked up with village bad boy Al Chapman.
Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock)
Four-times married Marlon, played by Mark Charnock, is not who you’d expect to be a hit with the ladies, but he certainly is.
From real love of his life Tricia Fisher (Sheree Murphy) to Donna Windsor (Verity Rushworth) Laurel Thomas, and Jessie Grant, as well as fathering a child with Rhona Goskirk and almost marrying Carly Hope, Marlon’s quite the ladies’ man.
Dad to Leo and April, Marlon tries to put family first and is probably one of the more moral Dingles.
He filed for divorce from wife Jessie after she cheated with her ex-husband Al Chapman – but then found love again with ex Rhona.
However, just as they got engaged after simultaneously proposing to each other, Marlon suffered a devastating stroke.
He faces a long rehabilitation, but will his relationship with Rhona withstand the pressure?
Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade)
Priya Sharma, played by Fiona Wade, was a fun-loving party girl when she first pitched up in 2009, but she’s since matured into businesswoman, mother and perhaps the most sensible of the Sharma clan.
She’s mum to daughter Amba after a relationship with David.
She’s battled anorexia, a failed marriage to deranged Rakesh Kotecha, and had an affair with her best friend Leyla’s fiancé, Pete.
After a relationship with Al Chapman, who cheated on her with Debbie Dingle, Priya has grown closer to Al’s son, Ellis.
When Priya got burned in the maize maze fire, she ended their relationship, and was distraught recently when Ellis left town.
As she battles to recover both mentally and physically from her burns, what does the future hold for Priya?
Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh)
Tracy, played by Amy Walsh, arrived in the Dales in 2014 trying to con Sam Dingle, but she soon found her place when Val and Eric took her under their wing.
She married David, but things fell apart when he discovered she used to work as a prostitute and then he had a one-night stand with Leyla.
Tracy fell pregnant with his child, but had an abortion when she discovered he’d moved on with Maya.
She’s now a struggling new mum after getting together with Nate Dingle and having his baby.
Actress Amy Walsh gave birth in real life at the beginning of this year, so Tracy is off screens at the moment.
She left the Dales for a new job opportunity in Nottingham, but will hopefully be back later this year.
Baby Frankie Robinson is the daughter of Tracy Metcalfe and Nate Robinson.
She was born on February 25, 2021.
Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele)
Liv, played by Isobel Steele, half-sister of Aaron Dingle, was introduced in 2016 as part of Aaron’s sex abuse storyline.
Aaron soon became her legal guardian.
Troubled Liv is trying to come to terms with her asexuality.
She was in a relationship with Vinny Dingle, but that ended.
Having battled an alcohol addiction, Liv was recently behind bars after being accused of murdering Ben Tucker.
Meena was later revealed as the true murderer and Liv was released.
After getting engaged to Vinny, the couple eloped and are happily married. For now.
Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant)
Schoolboy Jacob Gallagher, played by Joe-Warren Plant, has grown up in the Dales with his mum Alicia Metcalfe (Natalie Anderson), biological mum, Leyla, and stepmum Tracy, he’s got plenty of family around him.
But that didn’t stop him falling for teacher Maya’s charms, who groomed him into believing they were in a relationship.
Jacob came through it and got together with Leanna Cavanagh. However he was left distraught when she died – even more so when he realised Meena was responsible.
As Jacob struggled to deal with his anger over everything that’s happened, he turned to Chloe Harris for comfort.
Wendy Posner (Susan Cookson)
The mother of Victoria’s rapist Lee arrived in the village in 2019.
At first, Wendy, played by Susan Cookson, was in denial and fiercely defended her son.
However, after Robert Sugden killed Lee, she eventually came to terms with what Lee had done.
She remained in the village, desperate to build some kind of relationship with her grandson, Harry.
She is currently loved up with Bob.
Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick)
Vet Vanessa, played by Michelle Hardwick, an old friend of Rhona’s, landed in Emmerdale in 2012.
If you discount the time she took advantage of Rhona’s painkiller addiction to seduce her, Vanessa is the best friend you could have.
At the start of 2020, she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer.
Following a course of chemotherapy, she took some time out at her mother’s house. However, she did appear on a video call to Charity, wearing the same mask that she wore when they first kissed.
Sadly the couple split after Charity snogged Moira’s brother Mack.
Vanessa returned to the Dales – just as Charity admitted she loves Mack.
The comeback also caused a stir between Vanessa’s sister Tracy and boyfriend Nate when it was revealed Vanessa’s new girlfriend Fiona was the mystery woman Nate slept with last year.
Vanessa has begun a romance with newcomer Suzy, but she doesn’t know her girlfriend is secretly a cocaine addict, supplying Leyla with drugs.
How will Vanessa cope to find out she’s bagged another bad egg?
Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins)
A part of Emmerdale since March 2000, Charity Dingle, played by Emma Atkins, has been central to the drama ever since.
She was married to Chris Tate (Peter Amory), a union which produced a son, Noah, had an affair with Chris’s sister Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell), a relationship with cousin Cain Dingle, another with ageing Tom King, a marriage to Jai Sharma, and another to Declan Macey.
Her coming-of-age though was embarking on a relationship with Vanessa Woodfield, arguably her soulmate, and revealing she was sexually abused by a police officer when she was just 14.
Charity got justice in court and was reunited with her long-lost son, Ryan, bringing out a more maternal side to the hard character.
Charity was in a relationship with Mackenzie Boyd, but he left her as he felt she would never be over Vanessa.
Despite her attempts to win him back, Charity has been left alone. She has recently been revealed as the new owner of the Woolpack, alongside Ryan, so has been throwing herself into work.
However, it’s meant she’s not been noticing what’s been going on with Noah, whose behaviour has become seriously disturbed.
When she realised he’d been stalking Chloe, Charity reported him to the police. But will it help?
Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw)
The dad-of-seven’s not been the best husband or father – and actually holds the title of Emmerdale’s most married character, having been wed seven times to five women.
After cheating on latest wife Brenda with Laurel, Bob moved in with his lover, only for her to realise they weren’t meant to be and kick him out.
Bob ended up homeless, but is slowly getting back on his feet now.
He is loved-up with Wendy Posner.
Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler)
Nicola, played by Nicola Wheeler, has always been a bit of a social climber, and is very used to getting what she wants – although it doesn’t always work out that way.
She was married to a rich old man, Donald De Souza, who she planned to kill off for his money. But her scheme didn’t work and she ended up penniless and alone.
Nicola is married to Jimmy King and she’s now part-owner of the cafe and is on the local council.
She and Jimmy repaired their marriage after his dalliance with Mandy Dingle and Nicola was hailed the unlikely saviour of the Woolpack after taking on Al Chapman.
Amy Wyatt (Natalie Ann Jamieson)
Amy played by Natalie Ann Jamieson, was a rebellious teen taken in by foster parents Val and Eric Pollard.
She had a child, Kyle, with Cain Dingle, but gave him up for adoption. However when she regretted her decision and tried to snatch the boy back, she was forced to flee the country.
She returned in 2019 to fight for her son, Kyle, after discovering he was now living with Cain.
Amy is loved up with Matty Barton.
Liam Cavanagh (Jonny McPherson)
Dr Cavanagh, played by Jonny McPherson, has been in the show since 2014 when he looked after pregnant Priya.
But only in 2018 did he become a regular cast member.
He was married to Maya, then engaged to Bernice, but she fled on their wedding eve to care for her ex-husband in Australia.
Liam moved on with Leyla Harding and they married – despite Bernice returning to try and ruin their big day.
Their marriage has been rocked by the death of Liam’s daughter Leanna and Leyla suffering a miscarriage.
He has been so focused on getting justice for Leanna, he has failed to notice Leyla spiraling. She has a cocaine addiction.
Can their marriage survive?
Leyla Cavanagh (Roxi Shahidi)
Known as a bit of a homewrecker, Leyla, played by Roxy Shahidi, jilted David during her first stint in the Dales in 2011.
She returned full-time at the end of 2013 and set up a wedding planning business with Megan.
Things fell apart when Leyla had an affair with Megan’s husband, Jai. She also slept with ex, David, behind his wife Tracy’s back, and had an affair with married con artist, Clive (Tom Chambers).
Mother to Jacob, she went all maternal after finding out the truth about her son and his teacher, Maya.
Married to Dr Liam Cavanagh, Leyla was left devastated when she suffered a miscarriage last year.
She was shot by Meena Jutla, but survived and became determined to make Meena pay for all of her crimes.
However, it soon became clear Leyla was struggling and hiding something huge.
It was revealed she has a drug addiction and has been regularly taking cocaine with business colleague Suzy. Will she realise the error of her ways before it wrecks her life?
Jimmy King (Nick Miles)
The eldest King brother played by Nick Miles, is the only remaining original family member in the Dales, hapless Jimmy rarely gets it right.
Father-of-three Jimmy is married to Nicola and their fiery relationship is often off more times than it is on.
Sam Dingle (James Hooton)
Good-hearted Sam Dingle, played by James Hooton often finds himself caught up in a scheme or two without even realising it.
He’s dad to Samson after his marriage to Alice Wilson, who tragically died of cancer when Samson was just a baby.
Sam’s currently settled with Lydia and would do anything for anyone.
Rodney Blackstock (Patrick Mower)
Rich, suave and charming Rodney, played by Patrick Mower, has never had much trouble with the ladies – even with that ponytail.
He’s not so rich now, nor is he all that successful.
His recent relationship, with much younger free-spirit Misty, ended when daughters Nicola and Bernice started to meddle.
And despite rekindling things with Diane Sugden before her departure, she decided she didn’t want to be with him and left him – and the village – behind.
Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham)
Daughter of Ashley Thomas and Bernice Blackstock, Gabby’s probably closer to stepmum Laurel than she is her own mother.
She maturely handled the death of her father, Ashley Thomas (John Middleton) after his dementia battle, but became a bit of a rebellious teen.
Gabby, played by Rosie Bentham, has recently given birth to Jamie Tate’s baby.
She has called him Thomas and has moved in to Home Farm with Kim and mum, Bernice, to raise him with his grandmothers.
Thomas Tate is the latest addition to the cast of Emmerdale 2022. He was born on Thursday, October 28 to mum Gabby.
Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles)
Despite leaving to live in Australia, Bernice, played by Samantha Giles, returned to live in the village in 2021.
Making her first appearance in 1998, Bernice has been in the show on and off for over 20 years.
She has never been lucky in love, marrying Ashley Thomas and Lawrence White for all the wrong reasons.
She passionately loved Andy Sugden, but was devastated when he went on the run.
It seemed she had settled at last with Liam, but was forced to leave on the eve of their wedding to care for her ex-husband Charlie in Australia.
He then moved on with Leyla and despite Bernice’s best efforts, she couldn’t win him back.
She now has her sights set on Will Taylor, but appears to have lost that battle too…
Pearl Ladderbanks (Meg Johnson)
Pearl, played by Meg Johnson, doesn’t appear as regularly on screen any more since her debut in 2003.
But the vets’ receptionist has been central to storylines over the years, including a gambling addiction, faking Alzheimer’s disease and committing embezzlement.
Noah Dingle (Jack Downham)
He was born while Charity was inside for Chris’s murder, even though Chris had actually committed suicide.
Passed around from pillar to post, it was little wonder Noah found comfort with his new-found half-brother, Joe Tate, when he arrived on the scene.
Noah took his disappearance perhaps the hardest after finally believing he’d found a stable family unit.
He has since become infatuated with Chloe Harris and it became a case of like father like son when Noah took things waaaay too far.
The trouble teen began stalking her, secretly filming her and even trapped her in his house when she found out what he was up to.
Charity fortunately walked in before things went any further, but realised Noah needed sorting out so reported him to the police.
The cops have charged him and the case is going to Crown Court. Will Noah end up in prison?
Samson Dingle (Sall Hall)
The son of Sam and Alice Dingle, Samson, played by Sam Hall, was born in January 2006.
Alice was very poorly with cancer, but had delayed treatment to save her son.
She died in July 2006, leaving him in the care of his father.
Samson has found a passion for beauty therapy, but his dad isn’t keen. He also has a crush on Amelia, but she doesn’t seem to reciprocate his feelings.
Sarah Sugden (Katie Hill)
Daughter of Debbie and Andy Sugden, Sarah, played by Katie Hill, was born in 2005.
She’s fought many health battles in her short life, including Fanconi anemia, which developed into leukaemia and required a bone marrow transplant.
The lass was then diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017, for which she had more life-saving treatment, but the effects of the chemo on her caused heart failure and she underwent a successful heart transplant in 2018.
Chloe Harris (Jessie Elland)
Chloe is the sister of Gemma, a girl who died in a car accident and donated her heart to Sarah Sugden.
Sarah made contact with Chloe and has formed a friendship with her.
But we know Chloe has a dangerous father – who is he?
Noah Dingle quickly became infatuated with Chloe soon after meeting her.
But he took things much too far when he began stalking her and secretly filming her.
Chloe found out and was terrified when he trapped her in the house. Charity rescued her and Chloe has said she wants to forget the whole thing.
Arthur Thomas (Alfie Clarke)
Young Arthur, played by Alfie Clarke, is the son of Laurel and Ashley Thomas, but a baby swap at birth meant he was given to the wrong parents.
When the son Ashley and Laurel took home died of cot death, a DNA test proved he wasn’t theirs and Arthur was returned to his parents.
He came into his own during the aftermath of Ashley’s death when Arthur found a video of Emma Barton tormenting his father, who had Alzheimer’s.
Emma then harassed Arthur and he was terrified, but eventually she was caught out and he was able to move on.
Arthur since became a bully himself, making new stepbrother, Archie’s, life a misery when Laurel got together with Jai Sharma.
He has matured and grown-up a lot recently and is proud godfather to nephew Thomas.
Cathy Hope (Gabrielle Dowling)
Daughter of Bob and Viv Hope, Cathy, played by Gabrielle Dowling, is the twin sister of Heath.
She was born in 2007.
She was recently revealed as the bully of April Windsor and she was knocked back by Samson Dingle leaving her heartbroken.
Heath Hope (Sebastian Dowling)
Twin brother of Cathy and son of Bob and Viv Hope, Heath is played by Sebastian Dowling.
Heath was born in 2007 and once won a ‘cute kids’ contest
Brenda Walker (Lesley Dunlop)
Brenda, played by Lesley Dunlop, arrived in 2008 as the adoptive mother of Gennie Walker.
She embarked on a relationship with Bob, before being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013.
Despite her survival after having it removed, she was told the cancer could reoccur.
Brenda was devastated when Gennie was killed by Cameron Murray (Dominic Power), and just as upset when she discovered Bob had been cheating with Laurel.
She is now in a relationship with Eric Pollard and known for sticking her nose into everyone’s business.
Matty Barton (Ash Palmisciano)
Matty, played by Ash Palmisciano, is the son of Moira and John and was previously known as Hannah before he made the decision to transition.
He arrived in 2018 and revealed to Moira who he was.
Moira wasn’t accepting of the news at first, but she has come round and supported Matty through his most recent operation.
After hints of romance with his brother’s ex-wife Victoria Sugden, Matty has finally started his first proper relationship with Amy Wyatt.
Angelica King (Rebecca Brakes)
The daughter of Jimmy and Nicola King, Angelica, played by Rebecca Brakes, was born in 2009 and was taken to the special care baby unit because of breathing difficulties.
She was kidnapped days later, by Lexi King, but returned to safety after they were discovered on the hospital roof.
Elliot Windsor (Luca Hoyle)
Elliot, played by Luca Hoyle, arrived in the Dales in 2011 when Kelly Windsor moved back to the village claiming he was her son with Jimmy.
When Kelly decided to go to America with her new boyfriend, Elliot came back to live with Jimmy and Nicola in 2012, before Kelly came back for him.
Though in 2016, he was once again left with his father and stepmother.
Leo Goskirk (Harvey Rogerson)
Rhona gave birth to Leo, played by Harvey Rogerson, in 2011. Leo’s dad is Marlon.
A scan revealed Leo had Down syndrome.
Amelia Spencer (Daisy Campbell)
Young Amelia, played by Daisy Campbell, made her first on-screen appearance in July 2011.
She arrived with her aunt Rachel Breckle (Gemma Oaten) and her mum and stepmum Ali Spencer and Ruby Haswell (Kellie Hollis and Alicya Eyo) soon followed.
Amelia currently lives with her dad, Dan and until recently, his partner Kerry.
But she had a huge storyline when she discovered Dan wasn’t her dad and it was in fact her uncle, Daz Spencer (Mark Jordon).
Fans have called for a romance between Amelia and Samson, however she is struggling with her body image.
Obsessed with social media influencers and filtering her pictures, she has purchased diet pills online to lose weight.
Will this end in serious horror for Amelia?
Rishi Sharma (Bhaskar Patel)
Patriarch of the Sharma family, Rishi, played by Bhasker Patel, doesn’t really act like the big businessman he’s supposed to be.
The village favourite married Manpreet – much to the horror of his children – who thought she was just after his money.
Although it looked like they were about to prove everyone wrong, Manpreet realised she didn’t love Rishi after all when her former flame Charles arrived in the village.
She dumped a heartbroken Rishi on the same day he got a tattoo symbolising how much he loved her.
Rishi recently had a health scare when he collapsed with an angina attack. Is Rishi on his way out?
Dan Spencer (Liam Fox)
Dan, played by Liam Fox, arrived in 2011 to see his kids, Amelia and Sean, after his wife, Ali left him for a woman.
He was briefly married to Chas, but his longest lasting relationship has been with Kerry.
They nearly married before he discovered she was a bigamist, but made it through and stayed together.
However, some things just aren’t meant to be and a fed up Kerry ended things.
Dan had a tough time after a severe allergic reaction left him in a wheelchair, but his recovery has been good and he’s back on his feet again.
He recently slept with Faith Dingle, which sent shockwaves through the village.
Kyle Hutchinson (Huey Quinn)
Kyle, played by Huey Quinn, is the son of Cain and Amy, who was given up for adoption when he was born.
He came back to the Dales when his adoptive parents died and his adoptive grandmother, Joanie Wright (Denise Black) took him in.
After Joanie died, he went to live with his dad, Cain, but Amy has access.
Cain, however, lost the plot when Amy moved in with Al Chapman. Determined his son wouldn’t have anything to do with his rival, Cain’s temper terrified Kyle, who ran away.
Although Kyle was found safe and well, his relationship with his dad lies in tatters.
Amba Metcalfe (Ava Jayasinghe)
Daughter of Priya and David, Amba, played by Ava Jayasinghe, was born seven weeks premature.
She was born in May 2014.
April Windsor (Amelia Flanagan)
Adorable April, played by Amelia Flanagan, is the daughter of Donna Windsor (Verity Rushworth) and Marlon.
Marlon didn’t even know he had a child with Donna until she returned in 2014 with April in tow.
It turned out Donna was dying and needed April to settle with her dad before she went.
Young Amelia has turned in some heartbreaking performances as April, not least recently when she was bullied by Cathy Hope and during her dad’s stroke.
Carl Holliday (Charlie Munro Joyce)
Another of Jimmy’s children, Carl was born to mum Juliette after she was given Jimmy’s sperm by mistake at a sperm bank.
Carl was born in 2014, but returned to live with Jimmy and Nicola full time in 2016 after Juliette’s husband left her and she admitted she couldn’t cope raising Carl.
Juliette returned last year attempting to regain custody.
Moses Dingle (Arthur Cockroft)
Moses Dingle is the son of Charity Dingle and Ross Barton.
Charity was revealed to be pregnant in prison, but the reveal of Ross as the father was a shock as it was believed Cain was the dad.
Eve Dingle (Bonnie and Billy Clement)
Born following their tragic loss of first daughter, Grace, Eve is the child of Chas and Paddy.
She arrived in 2009 in the men’s toilets at the Woolpack after Chas and Marlon were locked in there.
Chas had believed she was expecting a boy after Bear Wolf read the gender wrong – it was later revealed he couldn’t read and that was why he made the mistake.
Theo Metcalfe (Beau-Ronnie Newton)
Maya Stepney left Theo Metcalfe on David and Jacob’s doorstep on Christmas Day 2019.
As Maya had had a sexual relationship with both David and Jacob, no one knew who his dad was. A DNA test revealed David was the father.
Theo was initially named Alex by his mother, but David changed it to Theo and now co-parents him with Victoria Sugden.
Harry Sugden (Teddy and Brody Hall)
In 2019 Victoria Sugden was raped by Lee Posner and she ended up pregnant with his baby.
Vic bravely decided to keep the child and Harry was born on New Year’s Day 2020.
Nate Robinson (Jurrell Carter)
Nate was first seen in the Big Night Out episodes, chatting to Rhona, but then became a permanent fixture in Emmerdale.
Moira Dingle appeared to catch his eye and the two soon had a fling – all hell broke loose when Cain found out.
Nate was revealed as Cain’s secret son from years ago. Cain had no idea he even existed.
Nate settled with Tracy Metcalfe and the pair share baby Frankie. Nate struck by Tracy throughout her battle with post-natal depression, but then he strayed and Tracy kicked him out.
Missing his daughter and his girlfriend, Nate hooked up with Chloe Harris. Something he could live to regret when she gets a little too clingy…
Who else is in the cast of Emmerdale 2022?
Johnny Woodfield (Jack Jennings)
Born in 2015, Johnny is the son of Kirin Kotecha (Adam Fielding) and Vanessa Woodfield.
Johnny is played by actor Jack Jennings.
It was first thought Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) was the dad after Kirin’s father, Rakesh, switched the DNA results, but the truth was soon revealed.
Johnny was adopted by Charity Dingle, but since her split from Vanessa, V isn’t keen on the pair having much to do with each other.
Dotty Thomas (Tilly-Rue Foster)
The daughter of Laurel and Ashley Thomas, Dotty was born when Ashley was in the midst of his dementia diagnosis in 2016.
Sadly, there were heartbreaking scenes when Ashley didn’t remember she was his daughter at her christening.
Lydia Dingle (Karen Blick)
Lydia arrived in 2016 a bit of a strange one.
She went on a date with Paddy, and then Rishi, but has finally settled down with Sam.
Isaac Dingle (Bobby Dunsmuir)
Isaac is the son of Moira and Cain Dingle, born when Moira didn’t even know she was pregnant.
At first, her nephew Pete Barton was thought to be the dad.
Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley)
Wayward Dawn is a reformed drug addict who, it turns out, has a past connection to Harriet.
Dawn managed to turn her life around and regain access to her son, Lucas. But she threatened her own happy ending when she killed DI Malone and covered it up.
Putting that behind her, Dawn married Billy Fletcher and the couple thought all was well.
Until Meena kidnapped them on their wedding day. She survived and the pair are happily married.
Lucas Taylor (Noah Ryan Aspinall)
The son of Dawn Taylor, Lucas is now played by actor Noah Ryan Aspinall.
Drug addict Dawn wasn’t able to care for her boy when he was small and gave him away.
But after ditching the drugs and reforming, and with the help of Harriet and support of Billy, she was able to regain custody.
Now, Billy is hoping to adopt Lucas and become a happy family unit.
Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker)
Rishi’s estranged wife, GP Manpreet was exposed by Jai as a spending addict.
She stole £1000 from the factory to fund her shopping habit, but Rishi stood by her and paid off her debts when he found out.
Manpreet recently left Rishi after revealing she didn’t love him any more. She realised her true feelings after ex-flame Charles moved to the area.
After realising her sister, Meena, is a murderer, Manpreet has found herself being held captive.
Although Meena’s plan was foiled by Liam, Manpreet ended up in a coma after being hit by a car.
She survived and gave evidence against Meena in court.
Meena then confessed she had killed their dad and took Manpreet hostage again.
Fortunately Meena was caught and sentenced to 75 years in prison…
Charles Anderson (Kevin Mathurin)
Local vicar Charles, played by Kevin Mathurin, arrived in the village to preside over the wedding of Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk when Harriet pulled out at the last minute.
He has a son, Ethan, and has recently found out he also has a daughter called Naomi.
Charles was in a relationship with the late Andrea Tate when she died, but has history with Manpreet, whose feelings for him have been rekindled.
They are back together and he is supporting her through her trauma at the hands of Meena.
Ethan Anderson (Emile John)
Ethan, played by Emile John, is the lawyer son of Charles and Esme. Ethan was close to Manpreet before she jilted his father on their wedding day.
He has been searching for his mother, who left when he was young, but Meena posed as Esme so when Ethan thought he was texted his mum, he was actually messaging Meena.
Esme recently got in touch for real and the pair met, but will they find a way forward?
Esme (played by Eva Fontaine)
Played by Eva Fontaine, Esme, is Charles’s ex-wife and Ethan’s mother.
She left Charles when pregnant with her second baby and in the throes of post-natal depression.
She gave Naomi up for adoption, but they reconnected in 2020 and now Esme wants to be a part of her son’s life again too.
Ryan Stocks (James Moore)
Ryan is the son of Charity, the result of her rape by DI Bails who Charity thought had died at birth.
She discovered Ryan had lived and they were reunited in 2018. Ryan is witty, quick and gives as good as he gets.
After a quiet time, he’s been revealed as the new owner of the Woolpack alongside Charity.
He got the money after adoptive mum Irene Stocks died. But he’s set to make big changes to the pub – how will they go down with the village?
Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle)
Billy was released from prison and arrived in Emmerdale on Christmas Day 2018.
Jessie’s son, Ellis‘s brother, Billy didn’t receive a welcome reception from everyone – Ellis wanted nothing to do with him, and it turned out he was involved in Aaron Dingle’s bullying when he was in prison.
Billy’s spent a lot of time trying to make it straight.
He embarked on a fling with Meena, but his heart lay with Dawn. The pair got engaged on New Year’s Eve, leaving Meena heartbroken and thirsty for blood.
Billy and Dawn managed to have their romantic Valentine’s Day wedding before being kidnapped by Meena on the way to their reception.
Billy survived and wants to adopt Lucas. Are they set to finally become that happy family unit?
Al Chapman (Michael Wildman)
Jessie Dingle’s ex and the father of Ellis Chapman arrived in the village in 2019.
He wasn’t the most popular guy in town having not spoken to his son for more than a year.
Al didn’t exactly win people over when he seduced his ex-wife Jessie – who at that point was married to Marlon.
Fast-forward to 2020 and Al was secretly dating Priya, but he was two-timing her with Debbie Dingle.
After blackmailing Paddy, he bought into the Woolpack and wanted to turn it into luxury flats.
When it looked like his plan was failing, he blew the pub up on Christmas Day.
He is now at all-out war with Cain, determined to ruin the Dingle’s life for some unknown reason.
Meanwhile, he’s shacked up with Kerry Wyatt after only a couple of dates. Whether it’s genuine or part of his plan to destroy Cain – whose son is Kerry’s grandson – is yet to be revealed.
He’s going into business with Belle promoting wellness retreats in the village.
Will Taylor (Dean Andrews)
Will is Dawn’s father and the former partner of Harriet.
Harriet was undercover when they were married and was pivotal in Will being arrested.
The couple tried again when he came to Emmerdale, but her affair with DI Malone ended things for good. Although Will helped her and Dawn cover up dodgy Malone’s murder, he’s moved on with Kim Tate.
Things were a bit rocky as he grew closer to Bernice, however, he eventually chose Kim.
The pair got engaged at Christmas after she moved Malone’s body for him. Who says romance is dead, eh?!
Mackenzie Barton (Lawrence Robb)
Newcomer Mackenzie shook up the Dales when he arrived searching for his long-lost sister, Moira Barton (Natalie J. Robb).
He hooked up with Charity, breaking her up from Vanessa, and the pair continued their fling in secret.
However, they were outed during survival week and tried to make a go of things in public before Vanessa returned and it was clear Charity held a torch for her still.
Mack left, but then returned and has made it clear he wants nothing to do with Charity.
Marcus Dean (Darcy Grey)
Pierce Harris has managed to keep terrorising his ex-wife Rhona even from beyond the grave by bringing his son, Marcus, into her life.
After writing to her from prison, Pierce asked Rhona to help him find his son before he died.
Rhona agreed and located Marcus – played by Darcy Grey – who seems like a decent enough guy.
But now Pierce is dead, and Marcus is still in the picture. Is he about to prove the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?
He’s currently romancing Ethan Anderson, but will it end in tears?
Mary Goskirk (Louise Jameson)
Vanessa’s free-spirited mother Mary, played by Louise Jameson, arrived in Emmerdale to ruin her romantic proposal to Marlon.
It’s clear there’s tension between mother and daughter, but Mary has vowed to stay by Rhona’s side while she supports Marlon following his stroke.
But what secrets does their past hold? Is there more to Mary’s arrival than meets the eye?
Suzy Merton (Martelle Edinborough)
Played by Martelle Edinborough, Suzy Merton has joined the cast as a new love interest for Vanessa Woodfield.
The couple bumped into each other – quite literally – and have set up a dinner date.
But with Charity in the background, can they really make a go of things?
There’s also the problem of Suzy’s cocaine addiction. It turns out she’s been supplying Leyla with drugs.
Will Vanessa forgive her when she finds out?
And how will Moira react when she discovers Suzy knew her late daughter Holly very well indeed…?
Jordan Greenlow (Jack Parr)
Billy’s racist attacked, Jordan Greenlow, played by Jack Parr, is facing a long time inside for what he did. He’s been intimidating Billy, letting him know he’s part of a gang who will come for him.
Jordan’s also got Ethan to represent him, but Ethan knows it’s the wrong thing to do.
When Ethan backs out of the case, Jordan beats him up – will Ethan survive?
And is Jordan set to terrorise the Dales for weeks to come?
Emmerdale usually airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV, with an hour episode on Thursdays.
** This article was updated in May 2022 to reflect character and cast changes.