The Marsden Family
Arrived in Emmerdale
on the 10th March 2003 but eighteen months later the
last of them had left.
19th/20th February 2003
Emerdale chiefs are hoping new family the Marsdens
will find more favour with viewers than the Soapstars
clan did 19 months ago.
Lorry driver Ronnie, his wife, 2 Sons, Daughter
and Daughter-in-law debut at the end of March.
Ronnie is played by ex-Bill actor Ray Ashcroft who
was DI Geoff Daly in the ITV1 Cop show for 4 years
until 2000. The rest of the family will be played
by virtual unknowns.
Soap forces Blades
fan to support Leeds (Pure Soap)
Full story and picture here 25th February 2003
New Emmerdale star Ray Ashcroft is facing a clash of loyalties
over his new role in the soap.
Ray, a Sheffield United fan by heart, has landed the role of
Ronnie Marsden - a die-hard Leeds fan.
And the clash couldn't have come at a worse time for the Blades
fan - the two Yorkshire sides clash in next week's FA Cup quarter
" Ronnie is a raving Leeds fan which is against the grain in reality," Ray told
the Yorkshire Post. "I am supposed to be doing a national television interview
a couple of days before the quarter final and I am determined to wear the Blades
" I suppose you could say it is divided loyalties - although as a Blade I suppose
there is no such thing as divided loyalty.
" As long as I remember not to jump up if Leeds score at Bramall Lane then I
should get through it."
Ray, who used to play DS Daly in The Bill, is looking forward
to the regularity of working in soaps.
" I love the idea of a bit more ritual attached to the job and obviously there
is the financial situation - I have got three kids and they never get any cheaper," he
told the newspaper.
Ray will first appear as Ronnie on March 10 when he plays the
father of the family who is moving into Angie Reynold's old house. "This
seems to be well-thought out and a very well-balanced family
in terms of the characters and the storyline. It is very exciting," he
" It is brilliant to work closer to home. I have a six-year-old son - Billy -
and he is at an age when he needs to be taken to see Sheffield United very regularly."
Ding(le) dong, we're your new
Pure soap 28th February 2003
The madcap Dingle family are in for some excitment when their
new neighbours - the Marsdens - arrive in Emmerdale village.
The new family are set to make a dramatic entrance on March 10,
and things don't go exactly smoothly from the start.
First their removal van breaks down on the edge of the village,
then they find lazy Syd and Mack still haven't finished their
Added to that they'll discover their noisy neighbours are Emmerdale's
Still, Marsden Dad Ronnie should be able to sort the Dingles
out - actor Ray Ashcroft, who plays the part, used to star in
The Bill after all.
Emmerdale has him as a trucker, a bit of a ladies man, and a
keen Leeds United fan. Ronnie is married to Frances, played by
actress Sandy Walsh.
Eldest son Paul is played by At Home With The Braithwaites star
Matthew Booth, and is married to Siobhan, played by ex-Hollyoaks
pin-up Abigail Fisher.
The Marsden family also has a couple of troublesome teens, played
by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy, who promise to generate
plenty of storylines in the future.
All in all March promises to be an exciting time in the lively
village of Emmerdale.
Sun's Weekly Guide to the Soap's 8th March
NEW family the Marsdens move
in to the village and quickly have the residents
The newcomers’ removal van
slides into a ditch and head of the family Ronnie recruits
the locals to help shift their furniture. He thanks
his new neighbours by getting the drinks in down
at The Woolpack.
The Marsdens have three children
- 17-year-old twins Alistair and Elaine,
who live with them, and older son Paul,
who lives in Hotten with his nurse wife Siobhan.
“Ronnie is an easy-going guy,” says
ex-Bill star Ray Ashcroft, who plays him. “He’s
a lorry driver who works hard for his family. They
mean the world to him.
“His wife Frances is not too
impressed when Ronnie decides he’s buying drinks
all round, though. She was planning a nice meal
to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.”
a secret she’s keeping from her husband - she fears
she has breast cancer and is waiting for the test
results. She gets a job at the factory and opens
up to Lisa about her worries when
she gets the all-clear.
Lisa explains how Zak’s illness
brought them closer and says Frances should talk
to Ronnie. “He is shocked,” says Ray. “He admits
he’d be totally lost without her.”
The family soon get into the
swing of village life with would-be stud Alistair
quick to check out the girls.
“He is being a natural charmer,” explains
Danny Tennant, who plays him.
“He definitely doesn’t think
it will take him long to get a date. He’s so confident,
he bets his sister he will be first to get off
with someone and sets his sights on Ollie -
which doesn’t go down too well with boyfriend Danny.”
Marsdens Move In
Monday | 10.03.03
Emmerdale's newest residents crash into the village in style
The Marsdens get off to a shaky start when their moving van overturns
as they arrive at their new home causing chaos.
However, the family soon finds that living in a
small community has its advantages as the locals
rally round to help them.
And in return the newcomers ingratiate themselves
at the Woolpack.
The Bill veteran, Ray Ashcroft, plays patriarch
Ronnie Marsden. He explains how the truck disaster
proves to be a great introduction to the village. "The
Marsdens are a very sociable family so it doesn't
take them long to start making friends with some
of their new neighbours - especially after Ronnie
buys everyone in The Woolpack a drink to thank them
for their help."
And it won't take long for the Marsdens to make
an impact on the dales. With a six-strong family
- including dad Ronnie, mum Francis, eldest son Paul
and his wife Siobhan, and young twins Alistair and
Elaine - there will plenty more drama to come.
Wednesday | 28.05.03
Emmerdale's newest family have been settling in behind the scenes.
The six-strong Marsden brood have made a huge impact by playing
in some significant storylines. And things are spicing up off-camera
Samantha McCarthy, who plays mischievous daughter
Elaine, reveals that the relationship between the actors
is like that of a real family - and it leads to some
And the person on the receiving end of much of the
humour is star Danny Tennant, who plays Elaine's troublesome
Samantha laughs, "I don't bully him. But he's
so easy to wind up! Me and the rest of the family do
it all the time.
"We tell him they've added a new scene and he
panics thinking they haven't sent him the script."
The Marsdens may be having a riot in real life, but
on-screen things have been far more dramatic.
Father Ronnie's passionate affair with Woolpack barmaid
has left wife Francis furious and Ali's heart defect
keeps the whole clan worried for his health.
Will life in the Dales continue to be so stressful
for the popular newcomers?
STRIFE OF THE PARTY
RONNIE and Frances throw
a Seventies party and as the drinks
flow it seems that romance is in the
air for some of the revellers.
a drunken Ashley back
home and tells
him she loves
him - but by
then he is
asleep on the
sofa. And with Donna away, Elaine and Robert share
But there is no happy ending for either couple.
" Laurel is besotted by Ashley," says Charlotte Bellamy, who plays the lovelorn
Miss Potts. "Nicola tries to warn Laurel not to make a fool
of herself but Laurel thinks she can make Ashley happy."
Louise mentions she is going to try
her luck at speed-dating, a night of five-minute mini-dates,
in the hope of finding a new man. Lonely Ashley takes
an interest, so Laurel instantly wants to come too. The
evening goes slowly until Ashley and Laurel finally have
" They have a great time," says Charlotte. "But I don’t think he thinks of her
as a possible partner. They go back to the Marsdens’ party afterwards and by
then Ashley has really had too much to drink. Laurel takes him home and, as she
settles him onto the sofa, she whispers to him that she loves him. But by then
Ashley is fast asleep!"
Meanwhile, Robert and Elaine share a tender kiss but
Elaine is instantly wracked with guilt over Robert’s
regular girlfriend, Donna.
Robert coolly says that no-one need know, which only
upsets Elaine further and she rushes off in tears.
Marsdens to be axed
Emmerdale family the Marsdens have been axed
after just nine months on screen.
Trucker Ronnie Marsden, his wife Frances and
children Paul, Alistair and Elaine arrived
in the Yorkshire Dales in March.
Ronnie was soon at the centre of a steamy
storyline when he embarked on an affair with
Woolpack landlady Louise.
But bosses at the ITV soap have decided to
give the family their marching orders.
Only Paul and his wife Siobhan have survived
the cull, which will see the family written
out in December.
Their final storyline will involve Ronnie
(Ray Ashcroft) cheating on his wife (Sandy
Walsh) yet again - this time with devastating
They will leave Emmerdale along with twins
Alistair and Elaine, played by Danny Tennant
and Samantha McCarthy.
Producer Steve Frost said: "The Marsdens have
got a great story to play through the autumn,
but unfortunately this culminates in them leaving
"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden will be
staying on and the young couple have got some
trying times ahead."
Story filed: 13:55 Tuesday
16th September 2003
Emmerdale family the Marsdens
have been axed after just six months.
Trucker Ronnie Marsden, his
wife Frances and children Paul, Alistair and
Elaine arrived in the Yorkshire Dales in May.
Ronnie was soon at the centre
of a steamy storyline when he embarked on an
affair with Woolpack landlady Louise.
But bosses at the ITV soap
have decided to give the family their marching
Only Paul and his wife Siobhan
have survived the cull, which will see the
family written out in December.
Their final storyline will
involve Ronnie (Ray Ashcroft) cheating on his
wife (Sandy Walsh) yet again - this time with
They will leave Emmerdale
along with twins Alistair and Elaine, played
by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy.
Producer Steve Frost said: "The
Marsdens have got a great story to play through
the autumn, but unfortunately this culminates
in them leaving the village.
"However, Paul and Siobhan
Marsden will be staying on and the young couple
have got some trying times ahead."
The move spells disappointment
for Ashcroft, who previously played Detective
Sergeant Geoff Daly in The Bill.
The Sheffield-born actor
was axed from the police show in 2001 after
five years and was delighted to land the Emmerdale
He said in May: "I feel very
lucky to have another regular role in a high-profile
show, especially one that's so close to my
home up North. And I've got a good feeling
about Ronnie. I hope he's going to stick around
for a long while."
Emmerdale's Marsden family say goodbye
to the Dales this Christmas.
The only members of the family to
remain in the hit show will be eldest
son Paul and his feisty wife Siobhan.
In December viewers will see father
Ronnie cheat on long suffering wife
Frances once again and the results
of his extra-marital fling will rock
the foundations of the whole clan.
Ronnie - played by former Bill star
Ray Ashcroft - has already caused a
stir in the Dales after conducting
a passionate romance with Woolpack
landlady Louise Appleton.
Teenage twins Ali (Danny Tennant)
and Elaine (Samantha McCarthy) have
also caused altercations among the
villagers - most recently when Elaine
stole pal Donna Windsor's boyfriend
Producer Steve Frost says, "The Marsdens
have got a great story to play through
the autumn, but unfortunately this
culminates in them leaving the village.
"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden
will be staying on and the young couple
have got some trying times ahead."
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