Who was Val Pollard in Emmerdale and how did she die?

Val Pollard was in Emmerdale from 2004 to 2015. She later performed in 2017. But how did the character die?

In today’s episode of ITV Soap (Monday February 15), Diane Sugden mentioned working with her sister Val and how it didn’t go smoothly.

But who was Val and when was she in Emmerdale?

Who was Val Pollard in Emmerdale?

Val Pollard first performed in Emmerdale in 2004 when she became known as Val Lambert. During her time at the Soap, she got embroiled in many large storylines.

Shortly after their arrival, it was revealed that Val had an affair with Diane’s ex-husband Rodney Blackstock many years earlier and that he was the father of Val’s son Paul.


Val is Diane’s sister (Image Credit: ITV / Shutterstock)

In 2008, Val married Eric Pollard. In 2010, teenage girl Amy Wyatt showed up in the village and the couple cared for her.

However, in 2011 Amy gave birth to a baby boy, which came as a shock to Eric and Val, having no idea she was pregnant.

Soon after, Val and Eric split when she accused him of encouraging Amy to put her son Kyle up for adoption.

Val went to Portugal and during her absence, Eric began a relationship with Brenda.

However, when Val came back it was found that she was dating a man named Ian and had contracted HIV.

How did Val die?

In 2015, Val helped Carly Hope and her father Bob commit fraud so that Carly could keep David’s shop when he emigrated to Portugal.

Brenda and Eric were angry with Val and Brenda called the police, which resulted in Val and Bob being arrested.

However, Carly fled the village and escaped arrest.


Val fell ill with HIV (Credit: ITV / Shutterstock)

Val realized that there was too much evidence against her and that she had to plead guilty in court. However, she chose not to plead guilty, which resulted in Eric having a heart attack.

Val soon got the idea of ​​faking her own death to escape her prison sentence and her body will not be found as she and Eric will have started a new life abroad.

When Diane learned of her sister’s plan, the two women fell out. Eric Rodney and Doug locked her in the Hall of Mirrors at the village summer mass to get her to talk.


Val was killed in 2015 (Image Credit: ITV / Shutterstock)

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However, an explosion caused a helicopter to crash on the wedding reception of Debbie Dingle and Peter Barton at the meetinghouse. The crash also caused the neighboring mirror hall to collapse, holding Val and Diane prisoner.

When the emergency services arrived, Val told them to first rescue Diane.

However, Val saw that a shard of glass was about to fall on her and lit a cigarette. She yelled at the glass and said she was strong because of her illness.

But a few seconds later it fell on Val and killed her.

Who played Val?


Charlie and Elizabeth Estensen who play Diane (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Val was played by actress Charlie Hardwick.

Has Val returned from the dead?

Although Val died in 2015, her character appeared in 2017 and appeared as the ghost in Robert Sugden’s dream.

What is Charlie Hardwick up to now?

After Charlie left Emmerdale, he continued to play.

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

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

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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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