‘It’s great to be out of uniform!’ Yorkshire may be a very different beat to her old London patch in The Bill, but actress Trudie Goodwin reveals she loves her new Emmerdale role By Alison James
et’s make no bones about it, the strident Georgia Sharma, mother to Emmerdale’s confectionery tycoons Jai and Nikhil, is a bit hardfaced. And the fact that she is so convincing is testament to Trudie Goodwin’s skills as an actress. Softly-spoken and polite, Trudie (60) is lovely, but absolutely relishing playing bolshy Georgia. “She’s not a bad person, exactly, but she is extremely stroppy,” laughs Trudie. “She’s matriarchal and very strong – in Georgia, Charity Dingle, who’s engaged to Jai, has met her match. Georgia disapproves of Charity and suspects she’s something of a gold digger. Georgia couldn’t be more different to The Bill’s June, who was sensitive and highly sympathetic. “Georgia’s also very glamorous and it’s great being able to dress up a bit, rather than having to
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‘I enjoy being able to dress up a bit rather than having to wear an itchy, uncomfortable uniform like I did in The Bill’ wear an itchy, uncomfortable uniform all the time like I did in The Bill. I’m in Emmerdale for about three months, which suits me perfectly. I live London, so I commute up to Yorkshire where Emmerdale is ﬁlmed. “It’s tiring, but worth it. My girls, Jessica and Elly (who sings with the successful electro-pop band La Roux), are grown up and have left home so it’s OK for me to be away. I wouldn’t have been happy doing that when they were younger. It is lovely coming home, as I am a bit of a home bird. The girls only live around the corner. Jessica, Elly, myself and my husband are a very close unit.” June has been married to actor and writer Kit Jackson for 32 years. They met when Kit joined a theatre company in Leicester, of which Trudie was a member.
The matriarchs of Emmerdale Trudie’s Georgia is the latest in a line of feisty, formidable mums who have dominated Emmerdale’s storylines over the years. D Annie Sugden… an original cast member and arguably the ultimate Soap Matriarch, it was no-nonsense annie who kept the peace between warring sons, Jack and Joe. D Rosemary King… family honour was everything to aristocratic Rosemary, but her two sons alasdair and Grayson squandered what little family silver there was left. a matriarch scorned, she cut them off. D Lisa Dingle… cuddly Lisa may have given birth to only one Dingle child, Belle, but she’s mother to the rest of the clan in all but name. D Natasha Wylde… she killed and buried her cheating husband and ruled Home Farm and her family with a rod of iron, until daughter Maisie dobbed her in. D Viv Hope… the acerbic, short-skirted mother of ﬁve saw off three husbands and numerous lovers before her character was killed off in the post ofﬁce ﬁre. D Diane Sugden… mother to Bernice and stepmother to Victoria and andy, Diane’s a bit like a mum to the whole village. YOURS
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Millions of The Bill’s fans will remember Trudie as Sgt June Ackland
“I can remember him arriving at the theatre. He was wearing a green American baseball jacket and jeans. He was good-looking, but it was more than that, we got on incredibly well – right from the word go. We went out for the ﬁrst time about six weeks later and I knew almost immediately after that ﬁrst date that he was the one. “I invited him back to my place for coffee and that was it – he’s never left! He asked me to marry him soon afterwards and we’ve always got on well ever since. Throughout our marriage, I can count the arguments we’ve had on one hand. He really is like the other half of me and has allowed me to be myself and the person I want to be. Apart from going to see cheesy musicals, which I love but he hates, we do a lot together. We both love walking and go out every day whenever we can – sometimes for two or three hours. “Being surrounded by nature is endlessly fascinating and walking is obviously good for the body. I think it’s good for the soul, too, though. Whenever I’m worried or bothered about something, I’ll go for a walk and can guarantee my head will have cleared by the time I’m back.” June also enjoys sketching in her spare time. “I have my sketch book up in Leeds with me,’ she explains. “There are fewer distractions when I’m not ﬁlming, so I’m able to do a bit. Again, I ﬁnd sketching is a fantastic way to clear my head. When I’m drawing, I ﬁnd it impossible to think about anything else. I ﬁnd that laughter’s incredibly relaxing, too. I’m a terrible giggler and almost anything sets me off. I love TV comedies. Ab Fab is a real favourite and I can’t wait to see the new episodes that are being made, but Dad’s Army still makes me laugh. I also think In The Thick of It is one of the funniest programmes I’ve ever seen. I doubt I’ll be watching that much TV while I’m in Emmerdale, though. Too many lines to learn!”
Gran in a million Isobel cherishes her life with William and his sister Felicity
Discover why Isobel Hoare is our new Yours Grandparent of the Year! By Carole Richardson rinning from ear to ear, Isobel Hoare’s eldest grandson shot straight down the water slide into the swimming pool at their French holiday resort. His excitement was contagious, and Isobel (61) was soon laughing as loudly as William (7) as they splashed each other in the warm September sunshine. Just last Christmas – soon after William had been suddenly diagnosed with leukaemia – she daren’t have dreamt of this happy family moment. “I’ve had to learn to take each day as it comes and not think about the future too much,” admits the retired gran of ﬁve from Garway, Herefordshire, who has just been crowned Yours Grandparent of the Year after being nominated by William’s aunt – her daughter, Lucy (36). Any loving gran would have shared their grandchild’s pain, but in Isobel’s case, there was no respite because William, his sister Felicity (5) and their father Tom (30) had moved in to live with her and husband Billy (63) the previous year. Preparing for retirement, they’d already downsized from their family home to a much smaller three-bedroom property, but didn’t think twice about inviting them in during a difﬁcult time. “It wasn’t ideal, but I was very
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‘I’ve had to be strong’ happy for them to come,” recalls Isobel, who also has another daughter, Janet (34). With ﬁve acres of land attached to the small barn they’d converted, the children loved playing among the sheep and chickens and both settled at the small village school. Tom was working as a postman. Isobel was up early, getting the children washed, dressed and fed before taking them to school; picking them up and dropping them at football and ballet classes when Tom was working.
“It wasn’t the retirement we’d planned, but fortunately I love cooking and having them here,” she adds. But in autumn last year, William suddenly began complaining about pains in his legs. Initial visits to the local GP surgery provided no explanation, but after about a month they hadn’t gone away and Isobel noticed a worrying bruise on his left foot. “He was really poorly and crying in agony by this time,” she recalls. Tom took him to the doctor again on December 1 and he was
Heartbreaker My great-grandson James (14 months) is a charmer. He only has to smile and all the ladies go goo-goo over him. Mrs A Clark, address supplied
Hat trick Here’s my greatgranddaughter Lucy (3), trying Granddad’s hat for size. Dorothy Pomroy, Wilton, Salisbury
Logging on My beautiful Scarlett is seven weeks old and already on the computer! Jeannette Roberts, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
Small talk Good Gran After an outing with my daughter and grandson (9), I phoned the next day and told him, “You were well-behaved yesterday.” To which he replied, “And so were you, Grandma!” Maria Leather, Cornwall
Family ties My grandson (5) asked, “Gran, how did you meet Mummy?” We were in hysterics! Winifred Alcorn, Ruchazie, Glasgow ✤ Do you have a funny story for Small Talk, or a cute picture for our Grandkids’ Gallery? We’ll send you a £10 High Street voucher if we print yours. Send any contributions to the address on page 3. Please ensure that you have parents’ permission to send in photos of your grandchildren. YOURS
Isobel’s other grandkids: Freddie with sister Harriet, above, and top with Freddie with Dulcie
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given a blood test. That evening Tom received a phone call telling him to take William immediately to Hereford hospital, where leukaemia was diagnosed. “It was such a shock when Tom rang to tell me and although I was in tears on the phone, I knew I had to be strong. There was Felicity to think of as well,” adds Isobel, who set about packing a bag of William’s clothes, including the surprise Thomas the Tank Engine dressing gown she’d bought him for Christmas. Transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital the next day, it was several days before Isobel could visit William, who’d already begun chemotherapy. “He didn’t seem so bad at that stage. He was happy playing on a Game Boy and watching DVDs, not knowing what was to come… “I didn’t think I would cope, but you just have to accept it. William’s been such a brave little boy, I had to be brave too,” adds Isobel, who was determined to try to keep things as normal as possible for Felicity who she admits was a bit confused by it all. “I also wanted to be supportive for Tom. It was very hard seeing him so upset.” Allowed home ten days later but still very poorly, the family tried to enjoy the festive season but Isobel admits: “It was the worst Christmas we’ve ever had. “William could barely lift his head off the pillow and although we carried him downstairs to lie on the sofa and be with the family, he was too poorly to eat anything or play with his presents. The only thing he tried was a golf putting machine Tom had bought him.” But responding well to treatment this year, William is
now in remission and only needs to visit hospital once a month. Realising more than ever how precious her family is to her and Billy, a retired haulage contractor, Isobel had no qualms in cancelling plans to spend their ruby wedding in September on a dream luxury cruise holiday. Instead, they decided to pay to hire three mobile homes in France and take the whole family away. Although both Lucy and Janet live more than an hour’s drive away with their children Harriet (5); Freddie (18 months) and Dulcie (1), Isobel – who also helps care for her 91-year-old mother – likes to babysit for them whenever she can. The party headed off a month after William was allowed to have his ‘wiggly line’ – the surgical tube enabling blood to be taken and drugs to be given intravenously – removed, enabling him to go swimming. “The weather was lovely and we all spent every day in the pool. Being surrounded by all my family as I watched William’s face on the water slide was absolutely amazing. Much better than any cruise!” adds Isobel. Now, after winning £500 worth of Thomas Cook holiday vouchers as our winner, she says she is thinking about getting the cruise after all – or achieving another long-held dream to see the Northern Lights. Whether she gets there is another matter as William has other ideas… As his gran walked him to school carrying an album of holiday photos to show his teacher and classmates, he announced: “We’ll be able to go to France again next year now you’ve won those vouchers!”
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FLATTER YOUR FIGURE Hide your problem areas with these smart outﬁt choices to suit you – whatever your shape By Michelle Nightingale
Slim your hips and tummy This skirt has a clever hidden support lining, which helps streamline your shape. Control pencil skirt, £25, 10-28, Savoir at Isme; top, £12, 6-22, Marks & Spencer; leather jacket, £150, 8-22, M&Co Boutique; court shoes, £45, 3-8, Autograph at Marks & Spencer; necklace, £20, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams; bag, £28, Wallis
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Fake longer legs Wider leg trousers are great for lengthening legs, so are perfect if you’re petite. Black jeans, £40, 8-18, Wallis Petites; pink top, £23, 6-22, Dorothy Perkins; patent courts, £49, 3-8, Autograph at Marks & Spencer; feather necklace, £12.50, Wallis; bangle, £6, Marks & Spencer
Hide lumps and bumps Tunics are great for hiding problem areas, and asymmetric stripes are very slimming. Asymmetric tunic, £38, 8-20, Principles at Debenhams; bootcut trousers, £13, 8-18, George at Asda; heels, £37, 3-8, Wallis; clutch bag, £18, Marks & Spencer
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5... surprisingly saintly desserts Pudding is just the thing on a cold winter’s evening so try our calorie-saving treats
Blackberry and Coconut Steamed Puddings This version of a British classic won’t add inches to the waist… Serves:
Per serving: 379 cals Fat: 16.6g Sat fat: 7.5g
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Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 30-35 mins For the sauce: ✢ 200g (7 oz) blackberries ✢ 50g (2 oz) caster sugar ✢ 1 tbsp cornﬂour ✢ 2 tbsp water For the sponge: ✢ 100g (4 oz) low-fat butter at room temperature ✢ 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar ✢ 100 g (4 oz) self-raising ﬂour ✢ 50 g (2 oz) desiccated coconut ✢ 2 eggs 90
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1 Grease and baseline 4x250ml (8 ﬂoz) metal pudding moulds. 2 Cook half the blackberries, sugar, cornﬂour and water for 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Add the remaining blackberries and leave to cool. 3 For the sponge, beat together all the ingredients until smooth. 4 Divide the sauce between the pudding moulds, then spoon the sponge on top and level the surface. 5 Loosely cover with a buttered foil square and cook in the top of a covered steamer for 30-35 minutes, or until the sponge mixture is springy. 6 Loosen the pudding edges and turn out onto plates. Remove the lining paper and serve immediately with custard or cream.
FOOD Pears in Blackberry Wine
Roasted Orchard Fruits This pudding looks lovely and is a good way to use up a glut of pears, plums or blackberries Serves:
Per serving: 151 cals Fat:
Sat fat: 4.3g
Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20-25 mins ✢ 4 large pears (or about 550g/1 lb 2 oz) halved and cores scooped out with a teaspoon ✢ 6 plums (or about 350g/12 oz) halved and stoned ✢ 225g (8 oz) blackberries ✢ 1 cinnamon stick, broken into large pieces ✢ 8 cloves ✢ 2-3 star anise, depending on size ✢ Juice of 1 large orange ✢ 50g (1 oz) butter, diced ✢ 50g (2 oz) light muscovado sugar 1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Arrange the pears, plums and blackberries in a large roasting tin and sprinkle with the cinnamon, cloves and star anise. 2 Spoon the orange juice over, dot with butter then sprinkle with sugar. 3 Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the tops of the fruit are lightly browned. Serve immediately, divided between six serving bowls and topped with a scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream or a spoonful of crème fraîche, if desired.
Per serving: 170 cals Fat: 0.3g Sat fat: 0.1g
Preparation: 15 mins Cooking: 15-20 mins POSH LOOKING ✢ 300ml (½ pint) cheap red wine PUD ✢ 200ml (7 ﬂ oz) water ✢ 75g (2½ oz) caster sugar, ✢ 225g (8 oz) blackberries ✢ 6 peeled pears with stalks on ✢ 1 cinnamon stick, halved, ✢ 6 cloves ✢ 1 tbsp cornﬂour 1 Fit pears snugly in a saucepan and add wine, water, sugar and half the blackberries. Gently heat for 5 minutes, then crush blackberries through a sieve and return the syrup to the saucepan. 2 Add pears, cinnamon and cloves. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, turning pears until evenly coloured. 3 Transfer pears to a bowl and make a smooth paste out of cornﬂour with water. Add to the blackberry wine and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened. Pour over the pears, add the remaining blackberries and leave to cool to room temperature.
Free-form Blackberry and Apple Pie Serves:
Per serving: 350 cals Fat: 15.6g Sat fat: 7.5g
Preparation: 15 mins Cooking: 25-30 mins ✢ 300g (10½ oz) shop-bought low-fat shortcrust pastry ✢ 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) cooking apples, quartered, cored, peeled and sliced ✢ Juice of 1 lemon ✢ 175g (6 oz) blackberries ✢ 75 g (2½ oz) caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling ✢ 1 tbsp cornﬂour ✢ milk to glaze. 1 Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Roll pastry to a rough circle about 33cm (13 in) in diameter. Lift onto a baking sheet and chill for 5 minutes. 2 Mix apple and lemon juice, then add blackberries, sugar and cornﬂour. Toss together. Pile high in the centre of the pastry and fold the edges over the ﬁlling, leaving the centre uncovered and pleating pastry slightly. 3 Brush pastry with milk and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes until pastry is golden and the fruit tender. Serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.
Yorkshire Ginger Parkin Serves:
Try replacing the plums with different YOURS stoned fruit such as peaches and TOP TIP nectarines. This dish can be prepared in the morning and chilled. Then simply bake last minute.
Per serving: 281 cals Fat:
Preparation: 15 mins Cooking: 1 hour ✢ 225g (8 oz) self raising ﬂour ✢ 110g (4 oz) muscovado sugar ✢ 80g (3 oz) chopped dates ✢ ½ tsp ground nutmeg ✢ 1 tsp ground ginger ✢ 1 egg ✢ 200ml (7 ﬂ oz) Greek yogurt ✢ 50g (2 oz) butter ✢ 110g (4 oz) golden syrup 1 Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2 and line a 22cm (8½ in) baking tin. 2 Mix ﬂour, sugar, spices and dates. 3 Gently heat butter and syrup until melted. 4 In a separate bowl, beat egg into the yogurt. Pour the butter mixture into the ﬂour and stir well. 5 Add yogurt, stir until smooth. 6 Pour into tin and bake for 1 hour. © Total Greek Yogurt, www.totalgreekyogurt.com YOURS
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My lessons from life…
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been. You have to work hard to survive as an actor and it would have been easy to say it was too hard for me, given my difﬁculties with learning lines, but I wanted to succeed more than anything – and I did.
What matters more is spending time with my husband (theatrical impresario Sir Eddie Kulukundis). He’s been ill with short-term memory loss but by spending time with him and encouraging him to play bridge, word-games and Chinese chequers, he’s so much better. The care he was receiving before I was at home with him was excellent but I think a wife can say things a nurse or carer can’t. When a husband wants to stay in bed all day, a wife can say: “Oh no, you don’t. You’re getting up for a little walk.” I only take jobs that mean I’m not away from home for long but that’s ﬁne. It’s lovely for Eddie and me to spend our twilight years together, joined at the hip, so to speak!
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I have a grandson of ﬁve and a granddaughter of two and a half and I follow their parents’ lead when it comes to discipline and treats. I come from an age when children were more wellmannered than they seem to be these days, and I’m quite particular about table manners.
Being dyslexic has made me more determined than I might otherwise have
Susan with Eric Portman in The Forsyte Saga (right) and with a young Sir Cliff Richard
I’ve always been a glasshalf-full person. You could look at my career and think she hasn’t done that brilliantly – where are the Oscars and the glittering ﬁlm career? But I prefer to think how lucky I am to have had as much work as I have. You can make your own luck by being positive.
D Susan will be guest starring in Casualty on BBC1 on November 19. She was talking to Alison James
WHAT MADE YOU WHO YOU ARE TODAY? My parents gave me good genes but also taught me about life. My mother always said, “It’s better to wear out than to rust away.” She couldn’t tolerate laziness so I was always busy. In between acting jobs, for instance, I’d always take extra voice classes or read scripts. It’s no good waiting for the world to come to you, you have to go out and get it.
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as for most women of my age, osteoporosis is an issue and I eat calcium-rich food and take exercise. Osteoporosis is a silent killer – 1,200 people a month die as the result of fractured bones and/or infection they’ve picked up in hospital as a result of those fractures. I walk a lot, ride a bicycle and always take the stairs. I also ﬁnd that music is a great life enhancer: I spend a lot of time listening to classical music but I also love Barry Manilow.
actress Susan Hampshire, 74, talks about marriage, being a grandma and looking on the bright side of life