Updated 12th August 2003
Rachel Tate nee Hughes
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). Much of this page is based on Paul's work - although the coloured boxes have been added.
wife of Chris Tate.
Daughter of Kate Hughes from her 1st marriage to a David Hughes.
Stepdaughter of Joe Sugden.
Mother of Joseph Tate.
sister of Mark Hughes
Born: 16 September 1971
Married: 7 Dec 1995 Chris Tate
Divorced: around 1997
Died: (murdered by Graham Clark) 11 May 1999
the following (in this white box) is a profile in the book "The Emmerdale Family Album" (by Michael Heatly and Published by Boxtree Paperback - 30 June, 1995 ):-
|Matthew Vaughan (Michael Feldmann) and Glenda McKay (Rachel Hughes) from the 1993 Emmerdale Calendar.|
|Glenda Mckay joined Emmerdale in 1988.
She left in 1999, when her character Rachel Tate was pushed off a cliff
top by Graham (The Stare) Clark.
|Back in 1988 when she joined Emmerdale Farm - a year before the title change - Glenda was only 17. She had started he professional career five years earlier, when she played Pepper in the musical Annie at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. Shortly before joining the serial, she acted Gudrun in flamboyant director Ken Russell's film version of D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow, which starred Glenda jackson, after whom the teenager had been named. The acclaimed actress had played the grown-up Gudrun in Russell's film of Women in Love (which Lawrence had actually written before The Rainbow).|
|Acting in The Rainbow was an experience that Glenda
will never forget. 'One day when my parents came to see us filming in
Nettlebed, Oxfordshire,' she recalls, 'I was completely awestruck by
having Glenda Jackson and all these incredible people around me, and doing
what I wanted to do. I went back with them and burst into tears - I was
just so overcome with it. |
|'Ken Russell used to have an angry patch every
afternoon after his pink champagne at lunchtime. Everyone had their turn
at being on the sharp end of his mouth. One day, I was doing a scene with
his son on my back when this boy went flying and hit his head on the
floor. Of course I stopped at once. "You never stop until I say'Cut!"' he
shouted. But making that film was a fantastic experience.'
|The chance to join Emmerdale was one that Glenda created for herself after her brother Craig two years her junior - landed the role of Mark Hughes after appearing in the Yorkshire Television programmes The Book Tower and How We Used to Live. 'I wrote in,, says Glenda 'and said that I understood they were auditioning boys for Emmerdale and I was interested in joining the cast if they needed a sister. They rang me at home and asked me along for an audition.||
|'It was great to have Craig with me because we were
both quite young and green and wary, and we had each other to lean on. But
everyone was so friendly - all these people like Sheila Mercier, Ronald
Magill and Arthur Pentelow, for whom I had so much respect, were very
welcoming and I learned a lot. Not having done much professional theatre
myself, I thought it was fantastic to watch them in rehearsal, knowing
their lines and never blocking they were word-perfect.' |
|Glenda was soon at the centre of the action when
her character embarked on an affair with married man Pete Whiteley. The
sizzling screen storyline saw Rachel lose her virginity to him on her 18th
birthday. 'It was quite steamy stuff for Emmerdale in those days,' says
Glenda, 'quite a risque storyline. Since then, Rachel has pootled along
and, every now and then, gets hot-headed and shouts her mouth off.'
|But the departure of her brother, killed off in the
1993 air disaster, left Glenda with more than sadness. 'I felt very
guilty,' she says, 'because he didd't want to leave and there I was still
doing the job he wanted to do. It was never an issue with Craig - he has
been very, very good and never said, "Who do you think you are?" He has
coped with it extremely well. My guilt has been stronger than his upset.
|'Now, it is different. He has started another
career and is very successful in it, but he prefers not to publicise what
he is doing. He has bought a house and has a lovely girlfriend. I don't
have the guilt any more. But losing my brother in the programme showed me
that you do get carried away with the thought that this is going to go on
for ever. |
'I feel it's great. I find the whole fame thing a bit of a struggle sometimes because I'm just a normal person and I don't want people to perceive me as something special.
|Glenda left Emmerdale in May 1999 when her character was killed after she was pushed from a clifftop by her boyfriend Graham Clark. She has since appeared on T.V. many times and has released a number of fitness videos.|
Taken from the emmerdale companion by Anthony Hayward
30 Years of Emmerdale -- Lance Parkin
(Hardcover - Granada Media - 7 October, 2002)
From the year 1999 page 109