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.
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