Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard Awarded Birthday Honour!
Emmerdale stalwart Chris Chittell has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to television.
Emmerdale legend Chris Chittell, who has played Eric Pollard for the past 33 years, has been recognised for his services to television in her HRH Queen’s Birthday Honours list and awarded the British Empire Medal.
Chris, who as been at the forefront of Emmerdale storylines since his arrival in 1986, was one of a number of famous faces included in the Honours list which included Oscar winner Olivia Coleman, singer Alfie Boe, Bear Grylls, Griff Rhys Jones, and musician Elvis Costello.
As well as acting, Chris has raised thousands of pounds over the years for various charities through running marathons, hosting fundraising events and organising the Emmerdale charity cricket team.
As Eric Pollard, Chris has and continues to be involved in some of Emmerdale’s biggest storylines including the grooming plot of his grandson Jacob Gallagher, stepson of his son David Metcalfe, by teacher Maya Stepney.
Pollard arrived in Beckindale, as the village was called at the time, as the auctioneer at Hotten Cattle Market. He immediately went to battle with Sandie Merrick and had a number of enemies over the years.
He’s had as many wives as he’s had businesses over the years too. Former husband of Eileen Pollock, Elizabeth Feldmann, Dee de la Cruz, Gloria Weaver and Val Lambert, Eric opened an antiques business before moving into the textiles business. He currently owns the The Grange B&B, and is dating Faith Dingle.
A former model, Chris’ first acting stint was in 1964, with the National Theatre, at Chichester Festival Theatre, in Peter Shaffer’s The Royal Hunt of the Sun. He appeared as Potter in the 1967 film To Sir, with Love.
Chris, who is married to co-star Lesley Dunlop who plays Emmerdale cafe owner Brenda Hope, will receive his award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in the year.
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