Dawn Woods in Emmerdale arrived in 2003 as Dawn Hope, Terry Woods’ fiancée. It quickly emerged that she was the estranged daughter of Bob Hope, who hadn’t seen much of her or her brother Jamie since breaking up with her mother. Jean.
Bob was thrilled to have his daughter back in his life, but less happy about her plans to marry Terry, who was 27 years her senior.
However, Dawn was stubborn and she loved Terry, so the unlikely couple moved on with the wedding and they were delighted when Dawn became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Terry Junior – known as TJ.
However, the age difference became an issue when Terry had a stroke and Dawn struggled to care for a baby and a sick husband. The couple broke up.
Dawn Woods in Emmerdale after their divorce
Dawn began a romance with Scott Windsor and then with Danny Daggert. But when Scott wanted revenge for her dropping him, he reported the struggling single mother for benefit fraud. Poor Dawn went to jail for three weeks and to her horror when she was released she found that her mother Jean was now in a relationship with Terry!
Eventually Dawn went to Cornwall for a break and fell in love with someone down there. She made the decision to leave Emmerdale and move permanently to the South West.
Terry was upset that she would take little TJ with her and vowed to fight for custody, but Jean asked him not to stop Dawn from getting happy and in the end he agreed.
Before leaving, Dawn took her stepsister, Donna Windsor-Dingle, to their new home, which was part of the swanky King’s River development.
Dawn’s tragic death
Meanwhile, Jimmy King – who owned the development of the King’s River – was furious with ex-wife Sadie, who was secretly engaged to his brother Matthew.
Matthew and Sadie wanted to destroy Jimmy and paid Cain to ransack the show on the King’s River, causing all sorts of damage. Jimmy was determined to open the show on time despite the problems, so he repaired the damage and intended to have it properly repaired once it started.
But on launch day, July 2006, while Donna, Dawn, and others were watching the show at home, Jimmy’s bodge job came back to haunt him when the house exploded.
The explosion killed three people – including Dawn, who was pulled from the rubble in front of her horrified father.
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Jimmy was seriously injured but recovered and, according to many Emmerdale viewers, has always blamed Dawn’s tragic death.
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