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Kitty McGeever's last act of kindness

It has been revealed that the family of Emmerdale actress, Kitty McGeever, have asked for her organs to be donated to help others after her sudden death last night.

Emmerdale Producer, Kate Oates, said that the actresses cornea and liver will be donated. She said the actress had been waiting for some time for a kidney transplant - but although that never came for her she wanted others to benefit in some way:

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'Inspirational' Emmerdale actress Kitty McGeever passes away

Emmerdale actress, Kitty McGeever has passed away, the soap has confirmed.

The soap paid tribute to 'inspirational' actress Kitty McGeever Credit: @emmerdale

McGeever, who played character Lizzie Lakely, joined the ITV show in 2009 and was the first blind actress to be cast as a regular in a UK soap.

Kitty appeared on the show until March 2013, when ill health forced her to leave.

Emmerdale tweeted to confirm her death, calling her "a great talent and a true inspiration" who would be fondly remembered.

WATCH: Emmerdale's Charlie Hardwick on her dramatic exit

Millions of people were shocked last night when Emmerdale's long- running character Val Pollard was killed off when a helicopter crashed into the village.

Val had actually been planning to fake her own death in a bid to avoid being sent to jail for fraud - but the character, often accused of being selfish, actually paid the ultimate price in a bid to save her sister Diane.

Calendar's Daniel Harris spoke to actress Charlie Hardwick about her time in the award-wining ITV soap.

Emmerdale provisionally approved for soap fan tours

Plans to turn the Emmerdale village into a tourist attraction have been provisionally approved by the planning authority in Leeds today.

Emmerdale could be open for public tours Credit: ITV News

The set, on the Harewood estate, could soon be opened on weekends to tourists. The soap's bosses say it would have economic benefits to the local community - but some residents say it would increase traffic and cause a disturbance. The final decision will be made by the chief planning officer.

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Emmerdale stars expecting second baby

Emmerdale stars Matthew Wolfenden and Charley Webb have announced they are expecting a second baby. Matthew, who plays David Metcalfe in the soap, tweeted a family picture to make the announcement.

Double success for Emmerdale at British Soap Awards

Emmerdale are celebrating a double success after picking up two awards at the British Soap Awards.

Verity Rushworth won Best Scene for her performance as Donna Windsor Credit: Press Association

Verity Rushworth picked up the Scene of the Year award for Donna Windsor's goodbye to her on-screen daughter, Amelia Flanagan, who plays April Windsor.

It was a successful evening for Amelia too, who won Best Young Performance for her role as April:

Emmerdale gear up for British Soap Awards in style

One of the highlights of the television soap calendar takes place on Saturday night, the British Soap Awards is set to take place on Saturday night.

The event will be on television next week and stars from all the main soaps, including Emmerdale, will be attending the event.

Today, members of the press were invited by the cast to the Emmerdale Village as they prepare for the big night - among them our own Daniel Harris, and it wasn't the usual sort of Press Day!

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