Charlie Hardwick “devastated” when Val was killed

Former Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick has revealed she was so upset when she found out her character Val Pollard had been killed that she canceled her farewell party.

Charlie played the character for 11 years. In 2015, however, Val met her end in the helicopter crash in the village.

Val and her sister Diane had quarreled and had to make up when Rodney and Doug locked them in the Hall of Mirrors at summer mass in the village.


Charlie played Val for 11 years (Credit: ITV)

But without their knowing it, an explosion sent a helicopter through City Hall, where Debbie Dingle and Pete Barton were having their wedding reception.

The crash also ripped through the neighboring mirror hall and left it smashed. Val offered Diane to be rescued first, but Val could see a shard of glass hanging over her.

It soon fell, impaled, and killed them.

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Emmerdale: Charlie Hardwick reveals she is devastated when Val was killed

During an appearance on the Soap out of the box On the podcast, Charlie spoke about how upset she was when she found out Val was killed.

She said, “It sounds absolutely ridiculous. If any actor had said to me, “Oh, they told me my character was going to die and I was absolutely devastated,” I would say, “Hold on man!”


Val was killed in 2015 (Credit: ITV)

“Then I found out that I was going to die and I was absolutely devastated! But I was really, really horrified.

“Not because I wanted to come back, not because I thought, ‘Oh, keep the door open! ‘But because I didn’t want Val to die.

“I just assumed that she would go after Amy, who was the greatest love of her life. And the idea that Pollard would be alone was terrible.

“I even canceled my farewell party.”

What has Charlie been up to since he left the soap?

Although Val died in 2015, Charlie returned to soap as Val in 2017. She appeared as a ghost in Robert Sugden’s dream.

After Charlie left Emmerdale, he continued to play.

Sue Harp Charlie Hardwick Ackley Bridge
Charlie played Sue in Ackley Bridge (Image credit: Channel 4)

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In 2017 she appeared in a television movie called Walls & Bridges.

Between 2017 and 2018 she played Maude in the TV series Different for Girls.

In 2019 she joined the cast of Ackley Bridge, playing Sue Carp. Last year she played Sheila in The Accidental Medium.

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