Created 18th January 2003
See also IMDB entry for Claudia Malkovich
Claudia Malkovich joined the cast in 1997 as Dee de la Cruz, who arrived from the Philippines to marry Eric Pollard. The 24-year-old actress, born in Britain of a Filipino mother, had previously appeared in a Danish fihn called Two Green Feathers and played scientist Kaya in Dennis Potter's (Old Lazarus on television.
The following is taken from 25 Yeas of Emmerdale (1997) repubublsihed as "The Emmerdale Companion" (1998) by Anthony Hayward
Eric Pollard flcw to the Far East looking for 1ove and found it with
Filipino student Dee de la Cruz in a Manila restaurant. His initial interest
was sex, but two weeks later he proposed and the couple made plans
for Dee to follow Eric back to Britain. When she arrived in 1997, dressed
in a miniskirt and skimpy coat, and weariug high-heels, the locals
in Emmcrdalc were curious. They were shocked when she announced that
she was Eric''s fiancee. But the unlikely relationship continued and
Dee became Mrs Pollard in a May registry-office wedding.
Theatre work followed, as well as appearing on television in the roles of the Bride inThai Brides, a hysterical woman in the 'Screen One' play Murder in Mind and scientist Kaya in Dennis Potter's Cold Lazarus, set 400 years in the future and screened after the writer's death. 'That was scary,' Claudia recalls. 'It had so much hype. It was the role I knew, after going for the auditions, I had to play. Kaya was a young oriental lab assistant experimenting on the head of the character played by Albert Finney and was more humane to him than any of the other assistants were.
'The role of Dee in Emmerdale had been on the grapevine between oriental
actresses for a long time. Dee's motivation for coming to England and
marrying Eric is survival, to look after her family. She has lots of
younger brothers and sisters, and has always been the breadwinner since
her father died. She was genuinely impressed with Eric and he really
loves her. Dee is very feminine and sophisticated, and wears stilettos
and bright-pink nail varnish, both of which I have never worn.'