Actress who appeared in first Emmerdale episode dies aged 100

Actress who appeared in first Emmerdale episode dies aged 100
By: WNG SKY Posted On: December 13, 2019 View: 35

Actress who appeared in first Emmerdale episode dies aged 100

Former Emmerdale star Sheila Mercier - who appeared in the soap's first ever show - has died at the age of 100.

ITV confirmed the veteran performer's death in a statement on Friday night.

A spokeswoman for the programme said: "It's always sad to hear of the death of an actor who played a significant part in Emmerdale's success.

"Even more so when that actor was in the very first episode and around whose family the show was built.

Sheila Mercier
Image: She was famous for playing the role of Annie Sugden

"Annie Sugden embodied all the virtues of Yorkshire... she was hard working, resilient, determined, down to earth and didn't suffer fools gladly.

"Sheila had many of those qualities too, putting the needs of the programme above her own and always delivering a great performance come rain or shine. She will be greatly missed."

Claire King, who played Kim Tate on the ITV show, said: "RIP Sheila Mercier, the beating heart of Emmerdale, never forgotten, so many wonderful memories, love and condolences to all her family."

More from Emmerdale

Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle, said: "The great #SheilaMercier has left us. What an iconic character Annie Sugden was.

"Used to watch it with my grandparents as a boy, so to meet her in later years was a thrill.

"I was star struck and she was so lovely to me. RIP."

Mercier was one of the first to join the soap when it launched as Emmerdale Farm in 1972.

She appeared regularly until 1994, and continued to make guest appearances in the following years.

Read this on WNG SKY
  Contact Us
  World News Guru
Mail : [email protected]
  Follow Us
Site Map
Get Site Map
  About

World News Guru is completely free and offers a broad range of media content from a varied and extensive range of sources. A global leader in online news, World News Guru presents news from over 2,000 reputable sources including mainstream providers BBC, CNN, CNBC, Sky Network, The New York Times etc to more regional and localized sources. We deliver unparalleled coverage on a vast range of subjects. This provides users with a variety of perspectives and different interpretations on breaking news events.