Who is Gillian Kearney? Emmerdale actress playing Emma Barton and former Brookside and Casualty star


EMMA Barton has become the biggest villain in Emmerdale village.

Here’s everything you need to know about actress Gillian Kearney…

 Gillian has become a soap veteran thanks to her work on Brookside, Emmerdale and Casualty

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Gillian has become a soap veteran thanks to her work on Brookside, Emmerdale and Casualty

Who is Gillian Kearney? What’s her background?

Soap actress Gillian was born in Liverpool.

Since working as an actress she has appeared on stage and screen – starting as a young Shirley Valentine in the 1989 film.

Focusing mainly on television work, she has appeared on shows including Hope and Glory, Sex, Chips and Rock n Roll, and Midsomer Murders.

On stage she has appeared frequently at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre and has appeared on Macbeth, Alive in Wonderland and Othello.

She also appeared in the touring production of School for Wives as Agnes.

The 45-year-old has one son, John Gerard Foo, with her long-time partner Eddie Foo, who she has been with since 2009.

 Gillian plays evil Emma Barton in Emmerdale

Gillian plays evil Emma Barton in Emmerdale

When did Gillian join Emmerdale?

Gillian starting playing villain Emma Barton in 2015.

Her character has had an explosive time on Emmerdale.

She has killed her husband, shot her son and snatched a baby.

Gillian has teased she is set to have an explosive exit from the show.

 Gillian first came to our screens as a troubled teen in Brookside

Gillian first came to our screens as a troubled teen in Brookside

Who did Gillian Kearney play in Brookside?

Gillian played teenager Debbie McGrath on the northern soap from 1986 to 1989.

During her time on the soap, she became entangled in an underage sex storyline with boyfriend Damon Grant.

As the story progressed over the three years, the couples families often clashed, yet they remained together and eventually left the close the soap was set on.

The couple later appeared in their own spin-off, Damon and Debbie, the first show of its kind.

In the series, Debbie became pregnant and Damon was killed off, forcing her return to the main soap before she bowed out permanently.

 Gillian portrayed the tragic Jessica's story in Casualty from 2008-2010

Gillian portrayed the tragic Jessica’s story in Casualty from 2008-2010

What character did Gillian play in Casualty?

Gillian played staff paediatric nurse Jessica Harrison from 2008 to 2010.

Before even starting her first shift, Jessica started an illicit affair with Adam Trueman, despite being married to Sean Anderson and having two children.

However, their marriage falls apart when she discovers she’s pregnant and Sean has been having an affair as well.

She has a third son, Harry, and marries Adam after her relationship with Sean completely disintegrates.

But in a devastating crash shortly after, the family nearly drown in a river – the baby doesn’t survive and Jessica falls into a coma for two weeks.

When she comes through the couple struggle to maintain their relationship and she eventually leaves for good.

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