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Shirley Stelfox obituary

Actor best known for her role as Edna Birch in ITV’s popular rural soap opera Emmerdale

For 15 years, Shirley Stelfox, who has died of cancer aged 74, played the television soap Emmerdale’s preacher of morals, the prudish, churchgoing Edna Birch, who always spoke her mind. When Edna was first seen in 2000, she complained to the bishop about the village’s vicar, Ashley Thomas (John Middleton), planning to marry Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles), whom she regarded as a scarlet woman. Her failure to stop the wedding did nothing to prevent her interfering in villagers’ lives after that.

Stelfox’s long, flowing hair was hidden by Edna’s trademark pudding-basin hat, adding to the character’s hard-faced exterior. However intolerant Edna might have been of humans, she always showed compassion for her dogs, Batley and Tootsie, and was heartbroken when they died. Stelfox knew she had moulded a much-loved soap character
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Emmerdale stars lead tributes to Shirley Stelfox

'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' stars have led tributes to Shirley Stelfox. The actress has sadly passed away aged 74 following a short battle with cancer, and her co-stars of past and present have now taken to social media to speak of their sadness at hearing the news. Gemma Oaten - who quit her role as Rachel Breckle in 'Emmerdale' earlier this year - posted a photo of her, Shirley and their former co-star Paula Tilbrook on Twitter alongside the caption: ''Devastated. Rip our darling Shirley Stelfox. You had me at ''oh you're a cheeky arse. I like you!'' God I
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Vicky Pattison celebrated with champagne and trifle

'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' stars have led tributes to Shirley Stelfox. The actress has sadly passed away aged 74 following a short battle with cancer, and her co-stars of past and present have now taken to social media to speak of their sadness at hearing the news. Gemma Oaten - who quit her role as Rachel Breckle in 'Emmerdale' earlier this year - posted a photo of her, Shirley and their former co-star Paula Tilbrook on Twitter alongside the caption: ''Devastated. Rip our darling Shirley Stelfox. You had me at ''oh you're a cheeky arse. I like you!'' God I
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Mary Berry will never 'get over' son's death

'Emmerdale' actress Shirley Stelfox has died. The 74-year-old star - who has played Edna Birch on the ITV soap for 15 years - has passed away following a short battle with cancer. Her agent announced this morning (08.12.15) that she died at home with her daughter Helena by her side. John Whiston - who is managing director of continuing drama and ITV North - said: ''The family here at 'Emmerdale' are deeply saddened by Shirley's passing, it is hard to imagine the show without her. We offer our condolences to Shirley's family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers
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'Emmerdale': Edna confronts Charity - video

'Emmerdale': Edna confronts Charity - video
Emmerdale's Edna Birch finds herself at odds with Charity Sharma yet again in Thursday night's (November 29) double bill of the soap. Edna (Shirley Stelfox) goes on the warpath when she discovers that drivers at the haulage firm have been working over their legal hours thanks to Charity. A defiant Charity (Emma Atkins) sees nothing wrong with what she's doing, but covers her tracks by deleting the (more)
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'Emmerdale' boss: 'Love triangle will haunt Laurel, Ashley, Marlon'

'Emmerdale' boss: 'Love triangle will haunt Laurel, Ashley, Marlon'
Emmerdale series producer Stuart Blackburn has promised that the Laurel/Ashley/Marlon love triangle will continue to "haunt" the characters and their loved ones in the New Year. Last week, viewers saw Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) and Ashley (John Middleton) renew their wedding vows, seemingly signalling the end of her 'emotional affair' with Marlon (Mark Charnock). Blackburn has now teased that the trio will struggle to cope in the aftermath of Laurel's actions, building up to a big storyline involving Ashley, his father Sandy Thomas (Freddie Jones) and Edna Birch (Shirley Stelfox) in 2012. "Marlon and Laurel were so romantic," Blackburn commented. "Its about now whether Laurel and Ashley can genuinely rebuild their relationship, whether Marlon can move on or whether the damage that Laurel's (more)
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Potd: 'Emmerdale' Carl furiously confronts Cameron

Potd: 'Emmerdale' Carl furiously confronts Cameron
Emmerdale's Carl King and Cameron Murray have a showdown as their feud escalates in tonight's hour-long episode of the soap. Cameron (Dominic Power), Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Charity (Emma Atkins) team up to bring down the Kings as planned this evening, stealing three trucks from Emmerdale Haulage before selling them on. However, when Edna (Shirley Stelfox) reports that her keys have disappeared and Carl discovers that the trucks are gone and the office computer has been wiped, it doesn't take long to figure out who must be responsible. Carl (Tom Lister) is later frustrated (more)
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'Emmerdale's Carl to stay with Chas

'Emmerdale's Carl to stay with Chas
Emmerdale's Tom Lister has revealed that his alter ego Carl King will be faithful to Chastity Dingle (Lucy Pargeter). Speaking to What's On TV, the 32-year-old actor was quizzed about Carl's recent flirting with newcomer Eve Jenson (Suzanne Shaw), granddaughter of Edna Birch (Shirley Stelfox). Lister said of his character's next move: "For once, Carl starts being sensible. He even takes on a long-distance driving job to put some distance between Eve and himself. "The (more)
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Shaw: 'I'm still nervous over Emmerdale'

Shaw: 'I'm still nervous over Emmerdale'
Emmerdale newcomer Suzanne Shaw has admitted that her soap commitments still make her feel nervous. The actress and former Hear'Say singer joined ITV's rural serial earlier this year in the part of Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) flirtatious granddaughter Eve Jenson. Speaking to the Glasgow Sunday Mail about her new role, Shaw commented: "I've done nothing like a soap before. It's a new lifestyle and I'm still a little nervous about it all, to be honest. "It's a new trade I'm going into and I'm learning a lot about it as I go. It's a lot (more)
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Suzanne Shaw's 'fun' role

Suzanne Shaw is adamant her 'Emmerdale' alter-ego Eve Jenson is not ''nasty''. The blonde actress - who recently joined the ITV1 soap as the flirty character - believes her on screen persona is a lot more ''fun'' than people first think, even though she repeatedly takes advantage of her grandmother Edna Birch (Shirley Stelfox)'s kindness. She said: ''Eve's fun and flirty. Not nasty, but quite naughty and manipulative if she wants something. She knows she can wrap her little grandma Edna around her little finger.'' Over the coming weeks, Suzanne's character's love life is set to get complicated as she has flings with Ryan ..
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Suzanne Shaw: 'Emmerdale is hard work'

Suzanne Shaw: 'Emmerdale is hard work'
Emmerdale newcomer Suzanne Shaw has admitted that the soap's intense filming schedule came as a "shock" when she joined the drama. The actress signed up to play Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) granddaughter Eve Jenson in January and will be seen making her debut in the role later this week. Shaw first found fame in pop group Hear'Say before later securing parts in West End shows like Chicago and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Speaking to Pa about how she has adjusted to her Emmerdale commitments, the star explained: "It's bloody hard, so it's a been a little bit of a shock to the system but I'm (more)
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Shaw: 'Dales stars are so welcoming'

Shaw: 'Dales stars are so welcoming'
Emmerdale's new recruit Suzanne Shaw has revealed that she is thrilled by the friendships she has made since making her debut on the soap. The actress recently landed the part of Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) granddaughter Eve Jenson on the Yorkshire-based drama and her first scenes will be broadcast next week. As well as Stelfox, Shaw has been working closely with James Sutton over the past few weeks as his character Ryan Lamb is the first to capture the attention of her flirtatious alter ego. Speaking to Digital Spy about her first few weeks on set, Shaw explained: (more)
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Shaw teases 'Emmerdale' love plots

Shaw teases 'Emmerdale' love plots
Emmerdale newcomer Suzanne Shaw has revealed that viewers can expect her character Eve Jenson to set her sights on a number of the soap's male regulars over the coming months. Eve will be seen making her debut on the show next week as she arrives on the doorstep of grandmother Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) home unexpectedly, leaving the village favourite to wonder why she has turned up from France out of the blue. In an interview with Digital Spy, Shaw described Eve as "feisty and very flirtatious" and went on to name Ryan Lamb (James Sutton) as just one of her forthcoming love interests. She explained: "The first guy on Eve's list is Ryan, so I was kissing James Sutton the other day. Then there's (more)
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'Emmerdale' actor hopes for Eve plot

'Emmerdale' actor hopes for Eve plot
Emmerdale star Lyndon Ogbourne has revealed that he would like his character Nathan Wylde to become romantically involved with the soap's forthcoming arrival Eve Birch. Last month, it was announced that former Hear'Say singer Suzanne Shaw had been recruited to play the role of Eve, who is the granddaughter of existing character Edna (Shirley Stelfox). In an interview with Digital Spy, Ogbourne claimed that it would be interesting to see Eve become embroiled in the life of his troubled alter ego - even if it is only for a brief period of time. He commented: "I don't know what the background is to her coming in. I think she's got many a plan of love within the village but I don't know if any of that revolves around Nathan. It would be a lot of fun if it did! "I think she's coming (more)
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Shaw delighted with 'Emmerdale' role

Shaw delighted with 'Emmerdale' role
Former Hear'Say singer Suzanne Shaw has expressed her delight at being cast in Emmerdale. The ex-popstar was today confirmed to play Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) wild child granddaughter Eve in the long-running ITV soap. Shaw revealed her reaction to the news on her official blog, writing: "I cant believe it... The dales its gonna be my home for a year! I hope I do you all proud (sic). "I start filming on the 15th feb. I'm so excited but very nervous. Enda's granddaughter thats gonna (more)
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Suzanne Shaw joins 'Emmerdale'

Suzanne Shaw joins 'Emmerdale'
Former Hear'Say star Suzanne Shaw has been cast in ITV soap Emmerdale. The ex-pop singer, who has established a successful theatre career in recent years, is to play Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) "feisty and flirtatious" granddaughter Eve on the long-running programme. Shaw first found fame by appearing on ITV1 reality competition Popstars in 2001. The show saw her winning a place in the band Hear'Say, who remained active for nearly two years. More recently, the 28-year-old has triumphed on Dancing On Ice and starred in a number of West End musicals, including Chicago, Summer Holiday, The Rocky Horror Show and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Speaking of her new role, Shaw commented: "I am so excited to be joining the cast of such a popular and long-standing (more)
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Charleston to leave 'Emmerdale'

Anne Charleston has quit her role in Emmerdale in order to pursue new projects. The 66-year-old Australian actress, who plays Edna Birch's (Shirley Stelfox) sister Lily Butterfield in the rural ITV serial, is due to finish filming within the fortnight, but will remain on screen until July. Speaking to Inside Soap about her decision to leave, she said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed playing Lily for the last couple of years, but have agreed with the producers that the time is right for me to move (more)
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'Emmerdale' dog Tootsie passes away

The dog who plays Edna Birch's pet Tootsie in Emmerdale has died.

Sky joined the ITV1 soap in 2002 when homeless Tootsie was taken in by Paddy (Dominic Brunt) and Emily (Kate McGregor). She later became Edna's (Shirley Stelfox) beloved companion.

The Papillion was brought into the show following the demise of Edna's previous dog Batley, whose death was voted best exit at the 2002 British Soap Awards.

She went on to star in several dramatic storylines, including Edna’s hit and run accident in 2004 and the cross-breeding with the Dingles’s dog Alfie last March.

Her owner Linda . . .
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