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Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: ITV/REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Christopher Chittell Played: Eric Pollard (1986 - Present, 'Emmerdale') Pollard has been at the centre of many big storylines, but none were more touching than his - often hilarious -relationship with Val.

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Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: BBC) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: June Brown Played: Dot Cotton (1985 - 1993, 1997 - 2012, 2013 - Present) Words cannot even express how grateful we are to have Dot in the Square.

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: WHAT'S ON TV/REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Helen Worth Played: Gail Platt (1974, 1975 - Present, 'Coronation Street') Over the years, Gail has had to deal with many unexpected moments, and Tina O'Brien's (pictured) teen pregnancy was just one of many that hit headlines.

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: ITV/REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Sheila Mercier Played: Annie Sugden (1972 - 1994, 1995, 1996, 2009, 'Emmerdale') What would Annie make of what her grandsons Robert and Andy are getting up to at the moment?

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: Nils Jorgensen/REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Steve McFadden Played: Phil Mitchell (1990 - 2003, 2005 - Present) Steve was honoured for his work on the soap at the 2016 British Soap Awards, where he received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: ITV/REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Stan Richards Played: Seth Armstrong (1978 - 2003, 2004, 'Emmerdale') The role was at first a bit part but due to Stan's popularity, he stayed in the Dales. And it simply wouldn't have been the same without him.

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Wendy Richard Played: Pauline Fowler (1985 - 2006, 'EastEnders') The formidable Pauline was one of Walford's most-loved matriarchs.

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: ITV/REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Betty Driver Played: Betty Williams (1969 - 2011, 'Coronation Street') Hotpot, anyone?

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: ITV/REX/Shutterstock) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Richard Thorp Played: Alan Turner (1982 - 2013, 'Emmerdale') Richard made his last appearance in the soap in July 2013, and his character was killed off, off-screen, three months later. Sadly, the actor then died in late October.

Revealed! Who Are The Longest Serving Characters In your Favourite Soap?

(CREDIT: Ben Curtis/PA Archive) TV’s Longest Serving Soap Stars: Barbara Knox Played: Rita Tanner (1964, 1972 - Present, 'Coronation Street') After making a brief appearance in 1964, Barbara returned to the soap just under a decade later.