Emmerdale’s Jack Sugden Dies

Hello and welcome to Friday’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. I’m starting with very sad news; Clive Hornby, who played Jack Sugden in Emmerdale, died on Thursday night at the age of 63. He was the longest-serving cast member in Emmerdale’s history.

Clive Hornby had not been in the ITV soap for around three months due to ill health. He first appeared in Emmerdale on February 19, 1980 and was still in the soap 28 years later. He was initially offered a three-month contract as farmer Jack Sugden.

The character was seen returning to the village after previously being played by Andrew Burt. Devoted family man and farmer Jack Sugden married three times and had five children. Emmerdale series producer Anita Turner said: "This is a devastating loss and we are all deeply saddened. Clive will be greatly missed by everyone who has worked with him on Emmerdale during the past 28 years. He was a hugely popular and well-respected member of cast and a terrific actor. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

The death of a soap star is always sad because it feels so personal. We spend years watching these actors create a persona that feels like an extended member of the family. Some of Jack Sugden’s most memorable moments in Emmerdale include:

  • First arrived – 19 February 1980. Jack was a fixture in the village for more than 30 years and went from being the black sheep of the family to the person who keeps the Sugdens functioning. Jack’s the eldest son of Annie and Jacob and is the father of Jackie (deceased), Robert, Victoria and the adoptive father of Andy.
  • Love life – Jack started out as a ladies’ man. His childhood sweetheart had been Pat Harkin whom he married in October 1982 but their marriage hit a rocky patch and he had an affair with Hotten Market manager Karen Moore at the end of 1984. Pat uncovered the secret and issued an ultimatum and the pair stayed together to have a son, Robert, in 1986. Tragedy struck later that year when Pat was killed in a car crash. Jack was on his own for the next three years, but had brief affairs with Marian Wilks and school teacher Barbara. He met Sarah Connolly in 1988. They wed after the birth of their child Victoria in 1994. Jack still couldn’t keep his trousers on and had a short affair in 1998 with his brother’s stepdaughter Rachel. Jack is married to pub landlady Diane.
  • Most Memorable moment – When Jack was accidentally shot by Andy.

Please leave any tributes to Clive Hornby, who played Jack Sugden, here by selecing ‘add a comment’. In the light of this sad news, I will launch the new Friday fun feature next week.

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100 Responses to Emmerdale’s Jack Sugden Dies

  1. Roisin says:

    Very saddened to learn of the death of Cive Hornby.  Emmerdale will miss him as will us viewers, a lovely man  an d a great actor  condolences to family. x  Roisin 

  2. Adrian says:

    I\’ll miss you Jack you played such a wonderful part. You will be much missed by all your fans.
    My sincerest condolances to your family and loved ones.
    Adrian

  3. w says:

    my family used to watch you every weekday and were shocked at the news.
    you will be sadly missed by us all.
    you played such a strong character for all those years clive.
    our thoughts go with you and your family.
    may you find everlasting peace clive.
    godbless xxxx

  4. Alison says:

    was really shocked by this news he was a great actor who will be sadly missed x

  5. Ann Marie says:

    ANN Marie  I have watched emmerdale for years, and Clive will be sorely missed. I was shok
    cked at the news. God bless and keep you in his tender care. xxxxx

  6. melita says:

    its very sad news about jack (clive) my thoughts go  out to his family may he rest  in peace

  7. Unknown says:

    I cant believe the sad news, Jack was one of the best actors and strongest characters in Emmerdale and I have watched it since it first started, it just wont be the same without you Clive, I hope there\’s a little bit of \’Emmerdale\’ where you find your final resting place……….My thoughts go out to your loving family x

  8. Lynsy-Marie says:

    thoughts are with your dearest and nearest loved the character you played. maybe gone but ever forgotten. xxxxx

  9. Pete says:

    It\’s so sad that such a wonderful actor had his life cut short. His legacy will always go on and my thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. The best character to ever grace Emmerdale and the soap will never be the same. R.I.P Clive.

  10. catherine says:

    Just won\’t be the same,my thoughts are with your family and friends xx

  11. Lor says:

    I met Clive when I filmed a scene with him.  He was so very kind and a gentleman. Deepest sympathy to his family, friends and the cast and crew of Emmerdale.  Emmerdale won\’t be the same without you. Loran, Harrogate, North Yorks

  12. Emma says:

    what a shock did not know he was ill he will be missed by all god bless .thoughts are with his family and friends xx

  13. Helena says:

    i am so sorry to hear of Clive\’s (Jacks) death.

  14. bonnie says:

    so sorry to hear of clive\’s death. i dont think many knew he was that ill. we feel like we all  knew him.thoughts go out to his family.xxxx

  15. Teresa says:

    SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DEATH OF CLIVE HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED I SHED TEARS WHEN I HEARD AS HE WAS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER

  16. Darren says:

    Very sad news! My thoughts are with his family and nearest and dearest.

  17. Unknown says:

    been an emmerdale fan for over 30 years, clive will be greatly missed, his character added real depth to the best soap . ps i am a yorkshireman.

  18. louise says:

    clive hornby was a great actor and will be sadly missed. can emmerdale be the same without jack?

  19. Lynne says:

    so very very sorry to hear such sad news, Clive will be greatly missed by all Emmerdale fans. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

  20. anthony says:

    AS AN EMMERDALE FAN FROM LIVERPOOL I WAS VERY SAD TO HEAR THE SAD NEWS ABOUT CLIVE WHO WAS A TREMENDOUS CHARACTER OVER THE 28 YEARS THAT HE PLAYED JACK SUGDEN IN THE SOAP. HE WILL BE VERY SADLY MISSED BY ALL THE EMMERDALEHEADS IN LIVERPOOL. R.I.P. CLIVE

  21. Phillip says:

    Sorry to hear the news about clive,he will be sadly missed by millions,our thoughts are with his family at this time,RIP (Jack)
    Phill,Jackie,Hayley and Amy

  22. Phillip says:

    What bad news,one of the best actors on t.v. our thoughts go out to his family. You will be greatly missed clive and may you rest in peace.
    Phill Jackie and Family ( Canada)

  23. Unknown says:

    Such a shock to hear the sad news about Clive.  He will be sadly missed as he was a great actor and played Jack superbly.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.
    Dawn and Vera

  24. jenny says:

    great actor who will be sadly missed played a great role for many years and left a big hole which will be hard to replace deepest sympathy to his family left behind

  25. Catherine says:

    Very sorry to hear the sad news. the part of Jack was often infuriating. sometimes endearing but always believable a measure of the
    actor behind the character. Sympathies to all of his family from an Emmerdale fan.

  26. little says:

    am very sorry to hear the bad news i like jack sugden i thought he was a very good actor in emmerdale my heart goes out to his family

  27. Craig and Jemma says:

    I first got stationed in England in 83. One of the first soaps I started to watch was Emmerdale Farm and the Jack Sugden character wanted me to watch more and have been a fan for 20 plus years. Now 25 years later I\’m back in the US and am really saddened by the news and my heart goes uot to his real life family and his emmerdale family. Rest in Peace Clive

  28. angie says:

    my heart goes out to to his real family and his screen family he will be sadly missed on emerdale

  29. Unknown says:

     
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Clive, will sadly be missed.

  30. susanne says:

    sorry to hear about his death  will be missed, his son god love him my heart goes out.

  31. Christopher Vincent says:

    I used to work on a farm and I like comeing home see them doing what I did,I will miss them all that gone.
    R.I.P he will acting a new part now he milking them cows inheven now sad for is family on t.v and off  

  32. matthew says:

    i am depely shocked and sadned  to hear  about the passing of clive. i frist saw jack in the late 90s and he was then and now one of the best actors i have seen for years. my heart goes out to his real famerly in this hour of need and my heart also goes out to his screen famery. once again it is a verry sad day in the world of soap. once again my herat goes out to both famery. it not going to be the same without good old jack.

  33. Frances says:

    so sad to hear about Clive.Have watched Emmerdale from the start.He played a great part as Jack.My heart goes out to his family off and on the screen

  34. David says:

    I was shocked to hear that Clive had died. I\’ve watched Emmerdale as long as I can remember, It was better when it revolved round the Sugdens. R.I.P Clive [Jack] you will be sadly missed, condolences to his family

  35. melvin says:

    r.i.p. clive condolences r with the family.

  36. Tony says:

    Jack I lost my dad this year too and just like him you were a mans man. RIP Clive Hornsby aka our Jack Sugden.

  37. Margaret says:

    I heard with great sadness of the death of Clive Hornby. When he first took over the role of Jack Sugden I thought to myself that he would not be as good an actor as Andrew Burt Burt but over the years he has not only been as good as Andrew but he made the character his own and Jack has become like a family member to all who watch the show. I never realised that he was ill which has made his death such a shock to us all. His family can be proud of his achievement and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time. He will be very sadly missed and our thoughts are also with his on screen family and colleagues at this time. Long may his memory remain with us. RIP.

  38. Unknown says:

    Clive will be very sadly missed by many many people my heart goes out to his family at this sad time god rest in peace I will miss yoy on Emmerdale ………..NANCY

  39. Sheila says:

    When I was a  bit younger I used to think he was v. sexy and even later on, he still had that charisma. Sad to see he has passed on…………………….Maybe he and seth can have a pint together now………….lol

  40. caroline says:

    very sad news…i was veryupset to hear he had passed on. just lok at it this way, he can still look down on emmerdale as a saint. rest in peace jack. you will be missed.

  41. ANDY says:

    so sad to lose a good character and actor he will be sadly missed

  42. jane says:

    My thoughts and love are with Clives family at this very sad time.

  43. Nikki says:

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Clive Hornby, its very sad and a shock, I knew he had been ill but didn\’t realise it was that bad….He was a fantastic actor and Emmerdale will not be the same without him….Rest In Peace Mr Hornby……Love Nikola xx

  44. ann says:

    How sad to loose one of the best, it\’s the end of an era. Jack was Emmerdale, I miss the early days down at the farm, when we actually saw some farming, Jack still carried part of that with him and now it\’s gone. It\’s like part of my life has gone with him, when you have watched a soap for such a long time the characters do become part of your life.
    Dear Jack rest in peace, you will be  sadly missed.
    My thoughts are with your family, and the cast of Emmerdale.
    Love Ann xxxxxxxx
     

  45. Helen says:

    My husband & I met Clive in Ilkley a few years ago & spoke briefly with him before he went off to film his scenes that day.
    I was (& still am) fundraising @ the time & asked him if he would send a signed photograph for our auction.  Thanks to him, we got details & several signed photo\’s & memorabilia.  My abiding memory of him is of what a gentle, true gentleman he was, with a wonderful smile
    We are SO sad to hear of his passing & add our condolences to those of MANY others.
    Helen & Roger.

  46. Jenni says:

    sad news! love and best wishes to the family.

  47. audrey says:

    very sad day for all his family and every fan who loved jack he will be sadley missed by all audrey from leeds

  48. avril says:

    how sad I was to learn of Clive\’s death I had the pleasure of talking to him in a supermarket 2 years ago very nice man, my thoughts are with his family as he will be greatly missed.
    love and best wishes  Avril xx

  49. Lorraine says:

    A light has gone out in Emmerdale, Clive Hornby aka Jack will be sadly missed by all Emmerdale Fans, lets hope that his end in the series is treated with the greatest of respect

  50. dave says:

     
     So very sorry to hear of the passing of clive he was a very fine actor who wil be sadly missed
     he was one of the early actors in emerdale and brings back memories of the original show
     emerdale farm.
     my condolences to his family and friends may he R.I.P. 
                                                                                     Dave

  51. Kathleen says:

    It was sad news to hear about Clive Hornby he will be sadly missed as he was a good actor.My heart goes out to his family for their loss.

  52. pat says:

    How sad to hear about clive hes been in our lives for 30 years and will be sadly missed  R.I.P

  53. Gladys says:

    I loved clive in emmerdale he will be sadly missed by a lot of people,my best wishes go to all of his family. gladys

  54. Ian says:

    All the best to Clives family, a much loved character such as Jack is irreplaceable

  55. david says:

    I photographed Clive for a local newspaper in Middlesbrough of a new store opening. He was a fantastic easy going kind gentleman and this is very sad news.

  56. yvette says:

    Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time ,Cive has given viewer\’s of Emmerdale many a happy time with lots of laughs, Rest in Peace     Yvette , Droitwich Worc

  57. Robert says:

    well, bugger, like the death of a friend Jack will be missed. Mr Hornby was a soap stalwart and I\’m sure I\’m not alone when I say that both he and the character he created will be sorely missed. goodbye and thank you.

  58. Shona says:

    So sad to hear the news of Clive\’s death. I used to watch the soap, then \’Emerdale Farm\’ with my late mother in the afternoons,during school holidays. Jack was always one of my favourite characters. My deepest thoughts of sympathy go to his family,friends and his colleagues. I\’m sure he will be very missed by you all, but will treasure the lovely memories you have of him. 

  59. Patience says:

    Clive was a great actor and will be saddly missed.Emerdale won\’t be the same without him.My condolences to his family and loved ones.Rest in peace Clive till we meet again.

  60. Elaine says:

    I was extremely saddened to hear about the death of Clive Hornby. Everyone in our family thought he was the most fabulous actor and we will all miss him so much. It is always sad when an actor passes away as so many people know and love them because of the nature of their work and they seem to become your friend as well, a tribute to their believability and finess in the role that they play and their acting prowess. Clive was still a relatively young man and it\’s so sad when lie is unfairly cut short.
    Our heartfelt wishes are with his family and friends right now at this very sad time in their lives. The programme just won\’t be quite the same without him in it. May he rest in peace in pastures green.
    With deepest sympathy
    Elaine Standen

  61. gunter says:

    hi i would like to express my sincere condolences to clive\’s family and friends he was a well know person and very caring i will certainly miss him on emmerdale etc rest in peace clive god bless xx

  62. gunter says:

    hi i would like to express my sincere condolences to clive\’s family and friends he was a well know person and very caring i will certainly miss him on emmerdale etc rest in peace clive god bless xx

  63. gunter says:

    hi i would like to express my sincere condolences to clive\’s family and friends he was a well know person and very caring i will certainly miss him on emmerdale etc rest in peace clive god bless xx

  64. audrey says:

    so very sorry to hear of Clive Horby\’s death, i honestly didn\’t know he had been absent through ill health, i had only remarked recently, that he had been missing for quite some time, I remember meeting him and his wife ( who incidently played his soap wife Pat ) at a Casino in Bradford , a long time ago, we spoke to them, and found that they were both very nice, down to earth people, no airs or graces at all. My very sincere condolences to his wife and family, will remember him and his other late colleagues ( Seth Armstrong, Mr. Wilkes & Amos Brearly ) with affection, God Bless

  65. karen says:

    i am so sorry to hear of Clive Hornby,s  death. my thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. he really was suited to the role of playing jack. i have watched this man since i was a child and have growen to know him. God rest your soul clive we will miss you.

  66. Joanne says:

    so sorry to hear about Jack, RIP you will be greatly missed.

  67. Jan says:

    RIP Clive you will be sadly missed

  68. Robert says:

    Well as Emmerdale farm as it was then started we were all enthralled by the Sugden Family affairs and struggles. It is very sad that final original family member has now passed away(I know that Clive was not the original Jack) We have seen Clive grow from a young man into a veteran actor with much grace and style. He is a great loss. Bless him xxx

  69. Margaret says:

    emmerdale farm as it then was wont be the same without clive hornby in it as jack, it was the only soap my dear departed husband enjoyed,i miss you both,sincere condolences to your family clive.

  70. Unknown says:

    so sorryto hear about clive hornby death ny heart go out to his family sadly missedjack ripxx

  71. vicky says:

    so sad to hear of clive hornbys death,you were one of the great actors and will be missed by fans and cast alike.my heart goes out to your family.

  72. claire says:

    rest in peace clive

  73. Jacqui says:

    Everyone will miss a great character.  My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

  74. sue says:

    it was so  sad to hear the news of clive hornbys death my thoughts go out to his family and the rest of the cast  may god be with u all

  75. Margaret says:

    so sad about clive hornby, emerdale will not be the same without him, he will be sadley missed,

  76. Anne says:

    saddened to hear of this loss

  77. Susan says:

    "We know God only takes the best.    We only wish he didn\’t "Clive will be sadly missed. Condolences to All his family & friends

  78. Sue says:

    My thoughts are with Family and Friends of Clive including the Emmerdale (Farm) cast who I\’m sure willl miss him deeply. I have watched Emmerdale for years and Clive played the part of Jack so well. He will live on with everyone, even those like me who only knew him as Jack. Rest in peace Clive, (Jack).

  79. Kelly says:

    lets hope they give clive a good farewell,  they cant replace jack i think that they will have to kill him off
     
    thoughts are with his family x

  80. daryl says:

    wont b the same without him,r.i.p.

  81. alexander says:

    Very sad..I once helped him to push start his car..iI was working across the road very nice man indeed..r.i.p

  82. Ashley says:

    tragic loss of a wonderful man. what more can i say really?
     
    our thoughts are with everyone who was close to him.

  83. BECKY says:

    I AGREE WITH YOU ALL IT IS A TRAGIC LOSS AND EVERYONE WILL MISS HIM A LOT  MY THOUGHTS R WITH HIS FAMILY.

  84. Unknown says:

    very sad to hear about clive, emerdale is a great program with great story lines. jacks passing will be just as good
    i hope it is not a disaster, but a nice way of him leaving the soap, just what he deserves, after being such a pleasure to
    watch.
                      debbie.

  85. Carol says:

    A VERY SAD LOSS CLIVE\’S PASSING. I HAVE WATCHED EMMERDALE (FARM) FROM THE FIRST PROGRAMME. PLEASE CONVEY MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS. WHICH WILL BE MANY. A GREAT LOSS TO AN EXCELLENT  PROGRAMME. NO WAY CAN HE BE REPLACED.  RIP CLIVE (JACK)

  86. Unknown says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Clives passing, he will be so sadly missed by fans, everyone who was involved with him at Emerdale, but mot of all he will be missed so much by his beloved family, my thoughts are with them a this sad time.
    Lastly I would like to thank Clive himself for giving us the right to b part of his life with watching Emmerdale.
    Sleep well Clive(Jack), and thanks again for everything

  87. Anna says:

    R.I.P Clive, you will be very much missed. My deepest sympathy to the family. x

  88. pauline says:

    RIP Clive will miss you as you played a wonderful part in Emmerdale thinking of your family and their sad loss. You we be missed by all your friends me included sleep well, safe journey xx

  89. Sandi says:

    I heard the news this week about the actor who plays Jack Sugden. He will be missed. 

  90. Stefi says:

    JACK RIP…. HERE IS A SONG… MY BEZZIE SARAH WROTE ITS CALLED LOVE SONG, IT IS VERY FAMOUS AND SHE IS ABSOLUTILY INSAIN ABOUT EMMERDALE AND YOU ARE/WAS ONE OF HER FAV ACTORS
     
    Head under water,And they tell me to breathe easy for a while.The breathing gets harder, even I know that.You made room for me but it’s too soon to see,If I’m happy in your hands.I’m unusually hard to hold on to.Blank stares at blank pages.No easy way to say this.You mean well, but you make this hard on me.I\’m not gonna write you a love song,\’Cause you asked for it,\’Cause you need one, you see.I\’m not gonna write you a love song,\’Cause you tell me it\’s, Make or breaking this.If you’re on your way,I\’m not gonna write you to stay.If all you have is leaving,I’m gonna need a better reason to write you a love song today.Today.I learned the hard way,That they all say things you want to hear.My heavy heart sinks deep down under you,And your twisted words, your help just hurts.You are not what I thought you were.Hello to high and dry.Convinced me to please you.Made me think that I need this too.I’m trying to let you hear me as I am.I\’m not gonna write you a love song,\’Cause you asked for it,\’Cause you need one, you see.I\’m not gonna write you a love song,\’Cause you tell me it\’s, Make or breaking this.If you’re on your way,I\’m not gonna write you to stay.If all you have is leaving,I’m gonna need a better reason to write you a love song today.Promise me you\’ll leave the light on,To help me see with daylight, my guide, gone.\’Cause I believe there\’s a way you can love me because I say,I won\’t write you a love song,\’Cause you asked for it,\’Cause you need one, you see.I\’m not gonna write you a love song,\’Cause you tell me it\’s,Make or breaking this.Is that why you wanted a love song,\’Cause you asked for it,\’Cause you need one, you see.I’m not gonna write you a love song,\’Cause you tell me it\’s,Make or breaking this.If you’re on your way,I’m not gonna write you to stay.If your heart is nowhere in it,I don’t want it for a minute.Babe, I’ll walk the seven seas when I believe that there\’s a reason to,Write you a love song today.Today.

  91. Doreen says:

    Thanks for entertaining us for so long Clive and I am sure the good Lord will have a part for you to play in his theatre.
    Our thoughts are with those you have left behind as the part you played in their lives cold only ever be played by one man.

  92. cris says:

    LONG LIVE THE FARM .NOW PULL YOUR SOCKS UP ANDY .OLDHAMS WATCHING YOU

  93. jodie says:

    R.I.P
    Thoughts are with family and friends
    Will be sadly missed
    x.x.x

  94. Joanne Helen says:

    very sad but lets hope the writers dont leave it to long before they write a fitting end to a great character xxxx

  95. noorjehan says:

    MY  SYMPATHY TO JACKS FAMILY AND MY PRAYERS.

  96. john says:

    great acter of the old school a gentleman and always had time for his fans. god bless him and his dear familey and work mates.

  97. Andrea says:

    Very sad news, great actor and deepest sympothys for all his family and friends.

  98. lillian says:

    WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY EVERY FAN, OF THE SOAP, MY SYMPATHY TO TO ALL HIS FAMILY, AND CLOSE FRIEND,   MAY HE REST IN PEACE, GOD BLESS XXXX    LILIAN LISLE FROM THE NORTH EAST

  99. sam says:

    Sam,
    I have been a fan of Emmerdale, especially Clive\’s for as long as I can remember,
    May I please wish all of his family and friends my heartfelt wishes and deepest sympathies,
    now at peace and free from pain, rest in peace Clive, god bless, sadly missed xxxxxxx
    SAM SLATER , NORFOLK

  100. Irene says:

    Irene.
     
    A very sad loss, Clive was a big cast to the soap will be missed.
    Best wishes to all his family.
    God bless to you Clive rest in peace.
     
    Irene, Bedfordshire. xxx

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