'Emmerdale' star Louise Jameson: Rhona's mum Mary is 'tactless and opinionated'

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Emmerdale

Acclaimed actress Louise Jameson has joined the cast of Emmerdale.
 
Louise will play Rhona GoskirkÕs mum, Mary, who will burst onto the scene just in time to interrupt a very important moment in RhonaÕs life.
 
No nonsense Mary has a strained relationship with her daughter who has always felt she was never good enough for her mother. Though Mary will prove a hit with everyone she meets in the village, will she be able to repair her broken relationship with Rhona? Can they put the past behind them and begin to cherish the fact they are mother and daughter? 
 
With MaryÕs acerbic wit and stubbornness, Rhona knows there wonÕt be a dull moment whilst her domineering mother is around and itÕs only a matter of time before she starts ruffling feathers in the village. But how long before unsettled Rhona finds out the real reason behind her motherÕs arrival?

Louise has a variety of television and theatre credits. Most notably playing the roles of Leela in Doctor Who and Rosa Di Marco in EastEnders. 

Photographer - Mark Bruce

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Louise Jameson plays Mary, mother of Emmerdale mainstay Rhona Goskirk (ITV)

Emmerdale’s Rhona Goskirk (Zoë Henry) will have a surprise visitor to contend with in upcoming scenes, as her mother arrives in the village just as she is trying to propose to partner Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock).

Actor Louise Jameson, who viewers will recognise from Doctor Who and EastEnders, takes on the character of Mary.

Speaking at a recent press event, Jameson reveals that Mary is “incredibly tactless and very opinionated, although she would see herself as an incredibly generous spirit.”

Doctor Who, actor Tom Baker - the 4th Doctor - pictured with new assistant Leela played by actress Louise Jameson, the Doctors first alien companion 26th October 1976. (Photo by Freddie Reed/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Doctor Who, actor Tom Baker - the 4th Doctor - pictured with assistant Leela played by Louise Jameson (Getty Images)

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“I think she probably suffers a little bit with narcissistic personality disorder, a lot of sentences start with ‘I’. Things other people do, she relates to herself.”

The star adds that Mary’s relationship with her daughter is a complex one, but that she now wants to reconnect.

“Just by her absence, it’s not been a very good [relationship]. She wasn’t there for the drug addiction, or for the marriages, so she’s been very absent,” she said.

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Emmerdale - Ep 9304

Monday 7th February 2022

Rhona Goskirk [ZOE HENRY] gets down on one knee to propose to Marlon Dingle [MARK CHARNOCK], but her attempt is quickly thwarted by the sudden arrival of her mother, Mary [LOUISE JAMESON]. 

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Photographer - Mark Bruce

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Mary interrupts her daughter's romantic gesture to Marlon (ITV)

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Mary’s introduction is very topical, highlighting the experiences of many during the pandemic. “Covid for her has shone a light on her own loneliness, and the importance of family, and she’s really trying hard to make amends.”

“There was a beautifully written scene where she admits to being incredibly lonely, a very close friend of hers died, and she - like a lot of people through the country - didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. She just knew she was coughing, she saw the ambulance and then she never saw her again."

FROM ITV

Emmerdale

Acclaimed actress Louise Jameson has joined the cast of Emmerdale.
 
Louise will play Rhona GoskirkÕs mum, Mary, who will burst onto the scene just in time to interrupt a very important moment in RhonaÕs life.
 
No nonsense Mary has a strained relationship with her daughter who has always felt she was never good enough for her mother. Though Mary will prove a hit with everyone she meets in the village, will she be able to repair her broken relationship with Rhona? Can they put the past behind them and begin to cherish the fact they are mother and daughter? 
 
With MaryÕs acerbic wit and stubbornness, Rhona knows there wonÕt be a dull moment whilst her domineering mother is around and itÕs only a matter of time before she starts ruffling feathers in the village. But how long before unsettled Rhona finds out the real reason behind her motherÕs arrival?

Louise has a variety of television and theatre credits. Most notably playing the roles of Leela in Doctor Who and Rosa Di Marco in EastEnders. 

Photographer - Mark Bruce

This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on  www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
Mary has a strained relationship with her daughter (ITV)

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“[Mary] describes loneliness as dark and soul-destroying, which a lot of people can probably identify with over the last couple of years, and she wants to change that.”

Jameson also tells us that Mary isn’t one to sit on the sidelines. “I suspect she’s going to get her finger in as many pies as possible, sit on committees, gatecrash other people’s parties. She’s just got an opinion on everything that should be happening in the village."

“I think she probably will see herself as somebody who really has something to offer, whereas a lot of people will probably prefer her to stop interfering!”

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Emmerdale - Ep 9304

Monday 7th February 2022

Rhona Goskirk [ZOE HENRY] gets down on one knee to propose to Marlon Dingle [MARK CHARNOCK], but her attempt is quickly thwarted by the sudden arrival of her mother, Mary [LOUISE JAMESON]. 

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Photographer - Mark Bruce

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Mary wants to reconnect with her family after a long period of loneliness (ITV)

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This isn’t the actor’s first time on Emmerdale, as Jameson previously appeared back in 1973 in a rather dark storyline. “I played somebody called Sharon Crossthwaite, and I came in and I was raped and murdered off-camera - I don’t think we were so risky in those days,” she said.

“But apparently I was the first woman to be murdered in a soap, that’s my claim to fame. I might use it as my autobiographical title at some point!”

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Emmerdale - Ep 9294

Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Rhona Goskirk [ZOE HENRY] is surprised and grateful by Marlon DingleÕs [MARK CHARNOCK]  romantic dinner and attempts to tell him about Marcus but will she confess before Marcus arrives in the village? 

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Rhona has had a tough time over the years - will her mum prove to be a supportive presence? (ITV)

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One of Jameson’s most famous television roles was as Leela in Doctor Who, and she is full of appreciation for the show’s followers. “There’s no fandom like the Doctor Who fandom,” she smiles.

“I still receive letters from people who wrote to me back in the 1970s. They’re incredibly loyal.”

From one memorable character to another, it sounds like Jameson will be making a big impact as Mary.

Viewers can see her debut next week, when Emmerdale begins airing at the new time of 7:30pm.

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