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Emmerdale star remembers Queen's visit

With her love of the countryside it's hardly surprising that the Queen chose to visit Emmerdale during her 2002 Golden jubilee tour.

She remarked to the cast of the show that it must be a dangerous place to live - and hinted that the programme had at least one royal fan. Emmerdale star Chris Chittell remembers the Royal visit.


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:

'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.

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.

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