Peggy Sugden was born on the 8th August 1946 at Emmerdale Farm. She was the eldest child and only daughter of farmer Jacob Sugden and his wife Annie. Peggy met and married farm labourer Matt Skilbeck in August 1965 when she was 19. In the autumn of 1972 she became pregnant and her father also died of pneumonia.
Peggy was the accountant at Emmerdale Farm and had shares in the farm. She found out she was pregnant and dreamed of swapping the quiet Beckindale village for suburbia. She persuaded Matt to take a job in Bradford. He was ashamed to be called an unskilled labourer so they remained in Beckindale. Matt and Peggy moved into Hawthorn Cottage shortly before the twins were born. Peggy gave birth to twins Sam and Sally Skilbeck on the 16th April 1973. In July that year she was complaining of headaches and went up to bed at 9pm during a party at Hawthorn Cottage. She woke up and as she got up she collapsed and died at 11pm on the night of the 16th July 1973. She died of a brain haemmorhage. She was buried in Beckindale Churchyard next to her father Jacob.
Peggy's legacy would live on.
First appearance Episode 1 (16th October 1972)
Last appearance Episode 77 (16th July 1973)
Birthday: 8th August 1946
Died: 16th July 1973 (Aged 26)
Full Name: Margaret Skilbeck (Nee Sugden)
In a 1973 episode, Peggy's grave was seen and it said that she was born 8th August 1946 and died 12th May 1973. Yet in Episode 716 (25th February 1982), a different looking headstone, it says she died June 5th 1973 aged 29, making 1943/1944 her year of birth.
Father Jacob Sugden.
Mother Annie Sugden
Spouse Matt Skilbeck (1965-1973)
Children Samuel and Sally Skilbeck (1973)