Dryden "Dry" Hogben was a character in
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Dryden Hogben.

Emmerdale Farm in 1974. He was befriended by the Sugden family at Emmerdale Farm. He was a popular character during his 6 months in the show. He first appeared in Episode 133 (4th February 1974) and last appeared in Episode 182 (30th July 1974).

Annie Sugden referred to him as "Mr Dry". He converted the loft at the farm into a bedroom. He soon left the village after his fiancee found him, and it was then discovered that he came from a rich family. Due to that, villagers wondered why he chose the wandering lifestyle he loved. Dryden was played by actor Roy Boyd.


Dryden Hogben




Benjamin Hogben


A brother


None, Traveller



Character Classification

Former, Regular

Played by

Roy Boyd


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Dryden Hogben. Courtesy of

Dryden Hogben was born in 1942 in Surrey, England to a wealthy family of landowners. He grew up in the life of luxury. His father Benjamin Hogben was an alcoholic who died when Dry was 8. Dryden became engaged to Celia in the early 1970s but left her to go travelling. This lead to Celia and his relatives to go looking for him.


Dryden Hogben arrived in Beckindale in February 1974. He was the mystery man camping on the top field near Emmerdale. He chatted up Christine Sharp in The Woolpack, much to the disapproval of her lover Joe SugdenAnnie Sugden
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Dryden, right, with Rev Ruskin and Mr Wilks in the Woolpack in 1974.

allowed him to camp up the top field. Dryden started to do odd jobs for the Sugdens and even Franklin and Diana Prescott, who were business friends of Henry Wilks and had followed him to Beckindale. Dryden once stayed the night with Diane whilst Franklin was in London. Rumours spread that they had slept together. Dryden explained he had slept on the sofa.

In July 1974 some people arrived in the village looking for Dry including his uncle Paul and his fiancee Celia. It was then revealed he came from a very rich Surrey family. Dry was shocked to see his family turn up in the village, until then he was happy. Dry called off his engagement to Celia, explaining he liked the travelling lifestyle he led and for his inheritance to be dispersed among other members of the family. Celia said they belong together and he will marry her. During the night, Dryden left the village without telling anyone. The following morning, Joe Sugden and Celia went out and saw Dryden's tent had gone, and heard that he handed the keys of the forge back to Dolly Harker. Villagers had not seen Dry and after a few days it became evident that he had left Beckindale. He was never seen again.

As he had become popular with the villagers during his stay in Beckindale they wondered why he left the village as suddenly as he had arrived 6 months before. He later wrote to the Sugden's to say that he was in Ireland. He has never been seen or heard from since.

Dry was mentioned in late 1974 and in April 1975 when Sam Pearson said how she wished he had finished that attic conversion at Emmerdale, the subject was bought up due to a leak in the roof, and Sam blamed Dryden.

First appearance Episode 133 (4th February 1974)

Last appearance Episode 182 (30th July 1974)

Memorable info

Birthday: 1942

Full Name: Dryden Hogben

First Line:

Final Line: "I am content as I am".


Father Benjamin Hogben

Siblings Mr Hogben

See also

Dryden Hogben - list of appearances