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Annie Sugden nee Pearson Later Kempinski and Bre
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Annie Sugden in 1983. Photo courtesy of Beckindale Bugle. http://emmerdalearchive.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/25-years-ago-way-things-were-gossip.html

arly was a fictional character in Emmerdale and on the the main characters in the show from its first ever episode on the 16th October 1972 to 1994. She returned for a few guest appearances in 19951996 and 2009. The original matriarch of Emmerdale, Annie was a very tough woman at first but mellowed as she got older. On the 16th October 1972 she buried her husband of 27 years Jacob Sugden. Annie last appeared on the 10th February 2009, 36 years between her first and last appearance. Annie was played by Sheila Mercier.


BackstoryEdit

Annie Sugden was born Annie Pearson on the 5th July 1920 in the back bedroom of Pearson Farm in

Annie Sugden

Born:

5th July 1920, Beckindale

Father

Sam Pearson

Mother

Grace Pearson (Nee Armitage)

Spouse

Jacob Sugden (1945-1972), Leonard Kempinski (1993), Amos Brearly (1995-)

Children

Jack Sugden (1947), Peggy Skilbeck (1948), Joe Sugden (1949)

Occupation

Retired

Residence

Spain

First Appearance

Episode 1 (16th October 1972)

Last Appearance

Episode 5218/5219 (10th February 2009)

Played By

Sheila Mercier

Beckindale to young farm labourer Sam Pearson and Grace Pearson nee Armitage. Annie was their only child. Annie was a second cousin of Beryl who later wed Ronnie Crossthwaite. One of Annie's and Beryl's grandparents were siblings. Her first love was Lawrence Fishburne. Annie later met Jacob Sugden and they married in March 1945 at St Mary's, Beckindale. They had 3 children, Peggy in 1946, Jack in 1947, and Joe in 1949. Annie's marriage to Jacob was turbulent. In about 1951 Annie almost had an affair with David Annersley. Annie's father forced David out of Beckindale. Her mum died in 1968 and Jacob spent his last years drinking away the farm profits in the local pub The Woolpack. He contracted liver failure in 1972 and died on the 10th October 1972 at Emmerdale Farm.

1972-1984Edit

On the 16th October 1972 at Jacob Sugden's funeral, Annie's eldest son Jack returned to the village from London. He returned to claim his inheritance. Annie gave him a few choice words. Annie Sugden was the head of the household and let everyone know it as well. After her husband's death Henry Wilks, a retired Bradford factory owner bought shares in Emmerdale Farm and rubbed a few of the Sugdens up the wrong way. In 1973 she identified the watch owned by her second cousin Sharon Crossthwaite which was found by Trash, a local tramp.

Annie was shocked when Jack Sugden left Beckindale again in late 1973. In 1974 she befriended traveller Dryden Hogben who soon left the village. In 1975 her second cousins daughter Rosemary Kendall turned up in
Emmie annie joe 1975

Annie Sugden in 1975 with son Joe.

Beckindale.

In September 1978 an old friend of Annie's, David Annersley turned up in Beckindale. Sam Pearson, Annie's father had made David vow to never return to Beckindale in the 1950s when Annie was almost unfaithful to her husband Jacob with David. David soon left Beckindale. Annie later confronted an old mate of Henry Wilks, Major Vivian Denyer who falsely claimed that he was to buy shares in Emmerdale Farm. He soon left the village.

In 1979 Annie was quizzed by Cully Hotson about if she suspected who may have been the rapist of his daughter Wendy. The culprit was ran over by a motorbike and killed shortly afterwards. In 1980 Annie welcomed home her eldest son Jack who returned to Emmerdale Farm. Annie started suffering knee problems that year and reassured her father Sam who was angry that Joe Sugden wanted to go and work for NY Estates. Annie's doctor told her she would need an operation on her knee.

In January 1981 Annie went to hospital to have her knee operated on. She made a full recovery and returned to Emmerdale Farm.

1984-1994Edit

In 1993 Annie along with Joe and new husband Leonard was injured when a plane crashed into the village. They were on their way to the airport when one of the wings of the plane hit the car sending it crashing. Annie went into a coma, Joe sustained injuries and Leonard died instantly.

1994-2009Edit

In
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Annie Sugden in 2009.

June 1994 Annie Sugden took an extended holiday to Spain. She stayed with her son Joe. In December 1994 she said she would not be returning to Emmerdale. But in June 1995 Joe Sugden died in a car crash in Spain and that month Annie and Amos returned to Emmerdale for the funeral. On the 6th July 1995, Annie proposed to Amos, over 22 years after he proposed to her in January 1973. On the 7th July 1995 they decided to dismiss the idea but when Annie mentioned that she had a chance to marry him years ago and felt it weird him asking her again Amos proposed to her and Annie accepted. Annie and Amos left Emmerdale and returned to Spain.

In November 1996 Annie returned to Emmerdale to ask Jack if he would sell the farm due to her financial crisis Jack refused. I am not sure how the storyline was resolved about her money situation.

Annie was mentioned many times but not seen in the village for the following 12 years and her next return was a sad occasion, to bury the last of her children, her eldest Jack Sugden in February 2009. Annie was driven to Butlers Farm by Rodney Blackstock and she told grandson Andy to hang onto the ailing farm as Jack would have wanted it. Annie returned to Spain after Jack's funeral.

After 2009Edit

She sent Diane a birthday card in 2010 and Andy and his girlfriend Alicia Gallagher stayed with Annie in 2011 when they considered moving to Spain. Annie referred them to a property seller but Andy and Alicia later decided not to move to Spain due to Andy's daughter Sarah being gravely ill.

In January 2014, Diane Sugden went to visit Annie at her Spanish villa with Debbie Dingle and Debbie's children by Andy, Sarah and Jack. In March 2016, the almost 96 year old Annie was unwell so Diane flew out to look after her.

As of 2016 Annie is now 95 and still lives alone in Spain. What has become of Amos is not yet known.

2012Edit

First appearance Episode 1 (16th October 1972)

Last appearance Episode 5218/5219 (10th February 2009)

QuotesEdit

"Drive slowly, I do not want Jacob bumped about on his last ride".

"I thought you would be mature enough to run this farm. Well are you" Final line to adoptive grandson Andy Sugden.

"Oh for goodness sake, will everybody stop looking like a wet week in harvest!" Annie to her family whilst waiting to go to Henry Wilks's funeral (episode 1599)

Memorable infoEdit

Born: 5th July 1920

Full Name: Anne Sugden (Nee Pearson, later Kempinski and Brearly)

Annie was friends with Mary Nelson and Mrs Merrick, the mother of Tom Merrick.

FamilyEdit

Father Sam Pearson

Mother Grace Pearson (Nee Armitage)

Siblings None

Great grandfathers Samuel Woodley

Spouse Jacob Sugden (1945-1972), Leonard Kempinski (1993-1994), Amos Brearly (1995-)

Children Peggy Skilbeck (1946), Jack Sugden (1947), Joe Sugden (1949)

Grandchildren Jackie Merrick, Samuel and Sally Skilbeck, Robert Sugden, Victoria Sugden

Adopted Grandchildren Andy Sugden

Aunts/Uncles Rosemary Pearson

First cousins Arthur Kendall Jnr, Laura Pearson

First cousins once removed Rosemary Kendall

Second cousins Beryl Crossthwaite

Second cousins once removed Sharon Crossthwaite

See alsoEdit

GalleryEdit

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