A fatal car crash in Emmerdale saw the death of two of the White clan tonight in a breathtaking episode centred around the wealthy family trying to leave the Dales and their nemesis Robert Sugden behind for a new life in Australia. Lawrence and his daughter Chrissie White, once married to Robert, were both killed when they collided head-on with a lorry.
After finding out that Rebecca White and her family were planning to emigrate to Australia with his son, Robert Sudgen (Ryan Hawley) grabbed his son Seb before they had chance to leave. The Whites gave chase with Chrissie White, Robert’s ex-wife, at the wheel with son Lachlan next to her.
Unhinged Lachlan confronts his mother for once again interfering in his life after being dumped by girlfriend Belle Dingle, and grabs the wheel, steering them into a head-on collision that saw Lawrence White being thrown from the car to his death.
Robert came to their rescue and called the ambulance with Rebecca White left in a coma and fighting for her life with internal bleeding while Chrissie succumbed to her injuries at the scene but not before Lachlan blamed her for what had happened.
The crash means we say goodbye to actors John Bowe, who played Lawrence, and Louise Marwood aka Chrissie White, who joined the show in 2014.
In her Emmerdale exit video, Louise said of the filming: “It’s probably the most fun I’ve had since I’ve been here because I have never done anything like this before. The amount of work that goes into making this stuff look real is unbelievable.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Louise added: “We watched the crash happen and of course, we were involved in many situations manipulated to make it look like it was happening to us. My stunt woman was amazing – the job that they do is amazing. We had a woman whose job was to just come in and crash a lorry! And she just did it! It was really fun, dying – which is a weird thing to say! It was written really well and there was a lot of care taken to end the relationship between Chrissie and Lachlan without being too sentimental. It was done in a really lovely way.
“I am very sad actually because we have become really close. Myself, Ryan (Hawley, Robert), Tom (Atkinson, Lachlan) and John (Bowe, Lawrence) all came in at the same time. And it feels like Emily (Head, Rebecca) has been here all the time too, we’ve become so close. Obviously we’ll stay friends forever but I’m not going to see them everyday so that will take a while to sink in – and everybody in the building too like the crew. It’s an amazing team of people – I have never met a team like it in my life and I may never again so that’s incredibly sad.
“I loved being a bitch – that was really fun. I got to say some awful things to people – it was such a release to be able to say things that you would never say in real life. And they really enjoyed writing that for Chrissie White, you could tell when the writers are really into the character. The crash is possibly the most fun I’ve had in terms of stunts.
“In terms of relationships, Kelvin (Fletcher, Andy) was great and he had been here since he was very young so he was inspiring to work with. Ryan is like a brother I never asked for but I love more than life itself and the same with Emily who is like a sister. I’m very lucky.”
Speaking of her future plans, she explained: “I am going back to London and who knows? It’s that thing of going to auditions. It was the right time to leave as three years is a good stint to do – it’s very tempting to stay but my life is in London so it was time to go! It’s a hell of a gamble to take as you never know what is around the corner but that quite excites me!”
For us, we’re sad to see them both go – John is an incredible actor and due to plot rather than character, Lawrence was a fraction of the man he was meant to be by the time his death came.
As for Louise, there was so much potential with Chrissie that was never realised which is a huge waste. Chrissie could have been the soap bitch that Emmerdale is quite clearly missing but instead she became more and more defined by the men around her.
We wish John and Louise all the very best for the future.