Charlie Hardwick

Ackley Bridge returning to Channel 4

Ackley Bridge returning to Channel 4

‘Ackley Bridge’ is set to return for a fourth series in 2020. The comedy-drama will welcome back familiar faces Sunetra Sarker, Rob James-Collier, Jo Joyner and Charlie Hardwick – alongside a new names yet to be announced – with Channel 4 bosses commissioning another run set to launch next year. Executive producer George Ormond said: "We are thrilled to be starting thi... »

Charlie Hardwick’s ‘sulky’ Emmerdale end

Charlie Hardwick’s ‘sulky’ Emmerdale end

Charlie Hardwick became "very defensive" and "sulky" when she discovered her ‘Emmerdale’ character was being killed off. The 58-year-old star portrayed Val Pollard on the ITV soap from 2004 to 2015, and while she wanted to leave the programme to taste new challenges, she was disappointed show bosses opted to bump her alter-ego off. She said: "When I found out t... »

Charlie Hardwick: Emmerdale schedule was ‘tiring’

Charlie Hardwick: Emmerdale schedule was ‘tiring’

Charlie Hardwick is enjoying the "slower pace" of ‘Ackley Bridge’, admitting it was "tiring" shooting 12 episodes a week on ‘Emmerdale’. The 58-year-old star, who portrayed Val Pollard on the ITV soap from 2004 to 2015, is pleased she has more time to act "to the best of [her] ability" on the Channel 4 school drama, and says there is more time ... »

Charlie Hardwick ‘misses’ Emmerdale stars

Charlie Hardwick ‘misses’ Emmerdale stars

Charlie Hardwick "misses" her ‘Emmerdale’ co-stars. The 58-year-old actress portrayed Val Pollard on the ITV soap from 2004 to 2015, and while she enjoyed her time on the show she felt the need to depart the Dales after spending more time as her character than her own self. She said: "I miss my old comrades but we keep in touch. It was great working in West Yorkshire aga... »

Robert James-Collier joins Ackley Bridge

Robert James-Collier joins Ackley Bridge

Rob James-Collier has joined ‘Ackley Bridge’. The 42-year-old actor – who is best known for playing Liam Connor in Coronation Street’ and Thomas Butler in ‘Downtown Abbey’ – will appear in the hit Yorkshire-based drama as Martin Evershed, the new deputy head for the school, in the third series. Robert said: "I am thrilled to be asked to play the part ... »

Denise Welch to play lesbian in Different For Girls S2

Denise Welch to play lesbian in Different For Girls S2

Denise Welch is set to play a homosexual in the second series of ‘Different For Girls’. The 60-year-old actress – who is married to Lincoln Townley – will portray a late life lesbian, who leaves her husband of 35 years to sample the Sapphic life, in the three-part drama based on the novel of the same name by Jacquie Lawrence. Creator Jacquie said: "We decided to produc... »

Emmerdale’s Val Pollard to return?

Emmerdale’s Val Pollard to return?

‘Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden has hinted that his on-screen step-mother Val Pollard may not actually be dead. The 36-year-old actor – who plays shop owner David Metcalfe in the soap – believes Charlie Hardwick, who played the boisterous hotel manager for 11 years, could reprise her well-loved role, despite her alter-ego being killed off last year, because her lifeless body... »