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'Emmerdale' is a very popular ITV soap, which began in the early 1970s as 'Emmerdale Farm', and is set in the Yorkshire Dales. It can be considered one of the big three of British soap operas, alongside 'Coronation Street' and 'EastEnders'.

In recent years, 'Emmerdale' has had increasingly gritty storylines, with patricide and domestic abuse featuring. The 40th anniversary of 'Emmerdale' was marked by a dramatic live episode in October 2012.

- Paul Rance/

Emmerdale Main Cast List (actors/actresses who have appeared in the most Emmerdale episodes - 300 episodes or more, as of October 2012)

Lucy Pargeter as Chas Dingle (827 episodes, 2003-2012)
Elizabeth Estensen as Diane Sugden (800 episodes, 1999-2012)
Mark Charnock as Marlon Dingle (774 episodes, 1996-2012)
Jane Cox as Lisa Dingle (717 episodes, 1996-2012)
Charley Webb as Debbie Dingle (697 episodes, 2002-2012)
Steve Halliwell as Zak Dingle (694 episodes, 1994-2012)
Nick Miles as Jimmy King (690 episodes, 2004-2012)
Antony Audenshaw as Bob Hope (679 episodes, 1997-2012)
Tom Lister as Carl King (672 episodes, 2004-2012)
John Middleton as Ashley Thomas (671 episodes, 1994-2012)
Charlie Hardwick as Val Pollard (670 episodes, 2004-2012)
Nicola Wheeler as Nicola De Souza (666 episodes, 2001-2012)
Kelvin Fletcher as Andy Sugden (643 episodes, 1996-2012)
Chris Chittell as Eric Pollard (643 episodes, 1986-2012)
Charlotte Bellamy as Laurel Thomas (642 episodes, 2002-2012)
Dominic Brunt as Paddy Kirk (622 episodes, 1997-2012)
Sammy Winward as Katie Sugden (578 episodes, 2001-2012)
Jeff Hordley as Cain Dingle (564 episodes, 2000-2012)
Emma Atkins as Charity Tate (561 episodes, 2000-2012)
Patrick Mower as Rodney Blackstock (547 episodes, 2000-2012)
Isabel Hodgins as Victoria Sugden (541 episodes, 2006-2012)
Shirley Stelfox as Edna Birch (532 episodes, 2000-2012)
Deena Payne as Viv Hope (512 episodes, 1993-2011)
James Hooton as Sam Dingle (507 episodes, 1995-2012)
Paula Tilbrook as Betty Eagleton (472 episodes, 1994-2012)
Sian Reese-Williams as Gennie Walker (458 episodes, 2008-2012)
Matthew Wolfenden as David Metcalfe (458 episodes, 2006-2012)
Richard Thorp as Alan Turner (439 episodes, 1982-2012)
Billy Hartman as Terry Woods (435 episodes, 1995-2011)
Meg Johnson as Pearl Ladderbanks (421 episodes, 2003-2012)
Eden Taylor-Draper as Belle Dingle (410 episodes, 2005-2012)
Danny Miller as Aaron Livesy (379 episodes, 2008-2012)
Lesley Dunlop as Brenda Walker (375 episodes, 2008-2012)
Hannah Midgley as Victoria Sugden (368 episodes, 1996-2006)
Natalie J. Robb as Moira Barton (362 episodes, 2009-2012)
Verity Rushworth as Donna Windsor-Dingle (332 episodes, 1998-2009)
Duncan Preston as Douglas Potts (331 episodes, 2007-2011)
Rik Makarem as Nikhil Sharma (329 episodes, 2009-2012)
Chris Bisson as Jai Sharma (328 episodes, 2009-2012)
Andy Devine as Shadrach Dingle (314 episodes, 1998-2010)

Emmerdale DVDs available from - in association with

'Emmerdale - The Interactive Game [Interactive DVD]' Emmerdale - The Interactive Game [Interactive DVD]
'Emmerdale - The Dingles Down Under - 25th Anniversary Special DVD' Emmerdale - The Dingles Down Under - 25th Anniversary Special [1997] ~ Paul Loughran, Alun Lewis
B000V6AEN6 Emmerdale Farm - 35th Anniversary Special Edition ~ Emmerdale

Emmerdale Books available from - in association with

The Little Book of Emmerdale The Little Book of Emmerdale ~ Lance Parkin
023305068X 30 Years of Emmerdale ~ Lance Parkin
Annie's Song: My Life and Emmerdale ~ Sheila Mercier

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