taken from :-25 Yeas of Emmerdale (1997) repubublsihed as "The
Emmerdale Companion" (1998) by Anthony Hayward
"Rochdale-born actress Michelle Holmes had already found soap fame as
barmaid Tin Fowler in Coronation Street when she arrived in Emmerdale as
Manageress Britt Woods.
Michelle landed her first major television role,
as receptionist Susan Turner in The
after attending Oldham Theatre Workshop. She turned down the part of
Adrian Boswell's girlfriend
Carmel in Bread to
star in the film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, about two schoolgirls
sexually involved with a married man. She also played Susan in the sitcom Divided
We Stand and a punk in the Brookside spin-off Damon & Debbie.
After leaving Coronation Street, Michelle acted in the BBC drama Mr
Wroe's Virgins, two series of Firm Friends (alongside
Billie Whitelaw and Madhur Jaffrey), the popular sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart (as
present-day wife) and Common as hdale born actress Muck (written
by actor William Ivory, who played her boyfriend EddMichelle Holmes had
alreaie Ramsden in Coronation
She had already appeared briefly in Emmerdale as Archie Pitts's
girlfriend, Lindsay Carmichael, in 1992. Michelle's other commitments
meant that she
stayed as Britt Woods for only six months, but came back for a Boxing
30 Years of Emmerdale -- Lance Parkin
(Hardcover - Granada Media - 7 October, 2002)
£15.19 (£18.99 elsewhere) from
From the year 1995
Turner asked Emma Nightingale to revamp the Woolpack. This would be a costly
process, so Turner asked the Ephraim Monk brewery to help cover the costs.
A little wary of Turner, given his record, they requested that Turner employed
a bar manager to cope with the day-to-day running of the pub. Turner agreed,
hiring Terry and Britt Woods, a married couple who'd run a bar in Benidorm.
lan Botham reopened the pub in February. Nellie
Dingle won a competition for
a 'free meal for all the family' - and the next night brought twelve Dinglesto claim her prize. Turner reluctantly fed them - and the Dingles have been customers
in the Woolpack ever since.
Terry sold Seth's and Vic's moonshine in the pub. Turner threatened to sack him
when he found out. Britt intervened, and Turner accepted her plan for her to
become sole bar manager, with Terry becoming just a barman. This, in turn, put
a strain on their marriage.
Things became even more strained when Britt's father, Ronnie, turned up. Britt
had told Terry her father was dead - what had really happened was that Ronnie
had abused her, and she'd run away'. Terry felt betrayed: he could have helped
her if he'd known the truth.
Britt was looking for a new start - she was offered the management of a flagship
pub in York. Terry refused to go, and was surprised when Britt went without him.
Terry became manager of the Woolpack again, and - after the briefest of liaisons
with Tina Dingle - found romance with Hotten Courier journalist Helen