Posted by: Kimbaforeva | May 28, 2010

Jackson gets a Mom!

Former Birds Of A Feather actress Pauline Quirke has joined the cast of Emmerdale as Jackson Walsh’s mother Hazel.

The 50-year-old – who played Sharon Theodopolopodous for nine years alongside Linda Robson in the BBC One sitcom – begins filming at the soap’s Leeds home at the end of next month and her larger-than-life character soon finds herself at the epicentre of “an enormous and gripping storyline”.

Free-spirited teacher Hazel arrives in the Dales on a whistlestop visit to see her son Jackson (Marc Silcock), who is currently being wooed by troubled teen Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller).

However, as one newly-single villager takes a keen interest in her, Hazel’s jetset lifestyle is halted when she becomes embroiled in a “hugely dramatic” plot that affects the lives of both her son and his lover.

Speaking of her signing, Quirke said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the show, my mum was a fan back when it was called Emmerdale Farm, so it’s always been a part of my life. The show has really moved on, it’s consistently good, there are some great characters and great storylines, I’ve especially loved Aaron’s story.”

She added: “I’ve never done anything like this before so it’s something different for me and I’m very happy to be a part of it.”

Series producer Gavin Blyth commented: “I am absolutely delighted that Pauline will be joining Emmerdale at such an exciting time. She is a fantastic actor who I know will do justice to this character.”

He went on: “Alongside Aaron and Jackson, she will be at the centre of an enormous and gripping storyline this autumn/winter. One to really look forward to.”

Quirke’s other acting credits include Skins, Casualty, Cold Blood, The Bill and My Family.

More recently, she starred as DS Mary Jane Croft in a second series of BBC One’s daytime drama Missing.

Pauline begins filming in June and hits screens in August.



  1. I’m not sure if I like this or not. I just hope the mother’s issues don’t cause too much of a damper on the boys. We’ll have to wait and see.

    On a positive note, the writing of Aaron’s story so far has been great and is a good sign.

    I hope Adam remains a part of the story.

  2. This is gonna be amazing

  3. I hope the ‘newly-single villager’ isn’t Bob Hope as that would be confusing.
    Marc Silcock has already played Bob’s son so seeing him romance Jackson’s mum would do my head in !

  4. This just keeps getting better and better. I’m glad it’s looking up for Aaron and Jackson’s relationship, if only for a little while. Most relationships are only ephemeral at their age so it’s an ‘enjoy it while you can’ scenario, and by the sound of a ‘hugely dramatic story’, I’m thinking that will be the case.

    Why is winter so far away?…

  5. Jackson and Aaron’s new mum? 😛 … as in Paddy’s girlfriend …? haha …

    I am looking forward to seeing how this all keeps going. (and thank you very much, Jon, for granting us entrance to all the secrets behind the show)

    • naaaa it cant cause aaron and paady aint blood related so it wont make that much of a difference

  6. ‘lovers’ eh? im so looking forward to two weeks time when they take things to the next level! eek!

  7. That means Jackson will be around until at least the end of 2010, beginning of 2011. Awesome. 🙂

  8. come to some conclusions about who the single man might be and why that would effect aarson:

    maybe chas and carl break up and then hazel gets with carl?
    or maybe what with nicola and jimmy not working anymore maybe its jimmy? and carl wont have that and therfore what with him being with chas is the connection with aaron?
    i think the first one would make more sense as to why it would cause such a problem, but it would be sad to see the end of carl and chas as i was behinning to like carl!

  9. OMG is she gonna hook up with paddy?

  10. But paddy and aaron aint blood related and i think if paddy Knows that she is jacksons mum then i think he wld ask aaron and if aaron says that wld be too weird then i think paddy wld stand by that

  11. l lilke aaron and jackson l am happy for him l love it

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