16th October 2002

John Jacob ("Jackie") Merrick

Ian Sharrock

Appeared: 1980-1989

IMDB entry for: Ian Sharrock
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Son of Jack Sugden & Pat Harker/Merrick/Sugden.
Married 3 Feb 1988: Kathy Bates
Died (in shotgun accident): 16 August 1989

Siblings: Sandie Merrick & Robert Sugden

A Huge Big Thank you to Paul Berridge who has made various profiles and photos availabe to me. They were previously on his Beckindale site (that is no more). This is one of those profiles - although the coloured boxes have been added.

Ian Sharrock, who played Jackie Merrick recently played DC Campling in the T.V. thriller, In The Name Of Love, alongside Tara Fitzgerald. He was last heard of working at MFI.

 

 

Ian Sharrock came to Emmerdale Farm as Pat Merrick's son Jackie. Pat was later to marry Jack Sugden. Jack was Jackie's natural father.
Ian had acted since childhood, appearing in the film Candleshoe at the age of 12 and the title role of Smike a year later.

Alison Dowling & Ian Sharrock

Jackie's girlfriends included, Jane Hardcastle (Alison Dowling), Maggie (Jacqueline Reddin), Angie Richards (Beverley Callard, who later played Liz MacDonald in Coronation St.), Alison Caswell (Juile Brennan) and Sita Sharma (Mamta Kash).

Jacqueline Reddin

Jackie, nursing the wounds of his broken relationship with Alison caswell, sought consolation by buying himself a motorbike. He had a horrific crash in which Alan Turner accidentally knocked him down in his NY Estates Range Rover on a dark country lane and Jackie ended up in hospital for five months with broken bones.

Mamta and Ian

It was there that Jackie met and fell for nurse Sita Sharma. During his early days there, as his life hung in the balance, he reconciled his differences with Jack, calling him 'Dad' for the first time. Having spent time contemplating his life and future, he returned home a wiser man. But, although he and Sita became engaged, she ended the relationship after he started to pressurise her.

Clive Hornby

Five years after his arrival in Emmerdale Farm as Jackie Merrick, and leaving a string of broken hearts on screen and stacks of mail from female fans off screen, actor Ian Sharrock married Pam McDonald, who worked in Yorkshire Television's promotions and publicity department. The wedding, at Leeds's Roman Catholic cathedral, which attracted more than 4,000 Emmerdale fans, came shortly after the on-screen motorcycle accident that left Jackie in hospital. It was so difficult to get Ian out of the plaster cast specially made for the hospital scenes - filmed on location - that he had to stay there while other members of the cast went for lunch at a local pub.
In 1986 Jackie shared a cottage in Demdyke Row with Joe Sugden. Unable to get on with Joe, Jackie moved back into Emmerdale Farm and began a romance with Kathy Bates.
Jackie and Kathy's stormy relationship was threatened by smooth~talknig NY Estates trainee manager Tony Marchant (Mark Payton). When his interest in Kathy led Jackie to vandalise Tony's van, Kathy realised Jackie's true feelings and the couple became engaged. Events took a turn for the worse when Jackie fell down a mine shaft, while trying to rescue a sheep. Fortunately, he survived the freezing conditions and was rescued. Back at The Woolpack, Kathy found herself managing the pub with her mother when Amos Brearly and Henry Wilks went on holiday.
Jackie Merrick and Kathy Bates finally made it to the altar at St Mary's Church, Beckindale, on 3 February 1988. But the event did not go without a hiccup. A burst water tank at her mother's cottage caused a flood that ruined Kathy's wedding dress. Annie Sugden saved the day by lending Kathy the beautiful Edwardian gown in which she had married her late husband, Jacob, 43 years earlier, and Kathy walked down the aisle with a beaming smile. Her father, Malcolm, gave her away.

Jackie and Kathy

Kathy Following her wedding to Jackie, Kathy had been looking forward to 1989. But it proved to be the most unhappy year of her life. First she suffered a miscarriage after contracting chiamydiapsittaci- a rare virus from a sheep she was tending while working at Emmerdale Farm. Then in August, she heard the tragic news that Jackie had accidentally shot himself dead while hunting a fox for a 10 bet.

 

After returning from their honeymoon in Tunisia, Kathy and Jackle lived in the attic at Emmerdale Farm before moving into their own cottage at 3 Demdyke Row in December.
Following her wedding to Jackie, Kathy had been looking forward to 1989. But it proved to be the most unhappy year of her life. First she suffered a miscarriage after contracting chiamydiapsittaci- a rare virus from a sheep she was tending while working at Emmerdale Farm. Then in August, she heard the tragic news that Jackie had accidentally shot himself dead while hunting a fox for a 10 bet.
After leaving the show, Ian has appeared in many T.V. programmes including the thriller, In The Name Of Love, alongside Tara Fitzgerald as DC Campling, and as Jed Maxwell, the obsessed fan of Steve Coogan's, Alan Partridge.

Ian now works as a salesman for furniture company MFI in Chelmsford.


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