Updated 29th September 2003
Vivienne ("Viv") Windsor/Hope
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Born: 14 or 19 May 1956 or 22 May 1956
Deena Payne who plays Viv
Please visit Will's site Emmerdale Cast Interviews Homepage fro a recent interview with Deena Payne.
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). The folowing is one of those profiles - although the coloured boxes have been added.
Before joining Emmerdale as postmistress Viv Windsor, Deena Payne started out as a dancer. She trained with raunchy Hot Gossip's choreographer, Arlene Phillips, performed in stage musicals and sang with pop stars such as Alan Price and B. A. Robertson.
|'I started doing ballet at the age of two,' says Deena, who was born on August 29th 1954 in Kent and brought up in Sussex, 'and then won a cap for tap-dancing when I was eight. But I was very much a modern dancer, so I enrolled at the Arts Educational School to do dance and drama, and then got my Equity actors' union card by working abroad as a dancer in Spain and Portugal, before coming back and doing classes at the Dance Centre with Arlene Phillips.'|
|Deena's ambition was to appear in musicals and she fell on her dancing feet by being cast in Big Sin City, starring Hi-de-Hi star Su Pollard and staged by Bill Kenwright, who had become one of Britain's most successful theatre producers since leaving his role as Gordon Clegg in Coronation Street. Deena - real name Diane - also played the Portuguese girlfriend of one of the stars in Ned Sherrin's production of Only in America, set in the Bronx in the fifties and staged at the Roundhouse, in London. That was her favourite stage musical, in which she had a solo dance number and appeared alongside Bertice Reading. But the biggest show she performed in was the original West End production of They're Playing Our Song.|
|'After that,' says Deena, 'I did fringe theatre to develop the acting side of my career. I always took work that I felt I needed to do to push myself Then I did a musical with Alan Price called Who's a Lucky Boy in Manchester and, when it finished, said to Alan, "Do you need some backing singers for your gigs?" As a result, I sang with him for seven years.'|
|During that time, Deena also played Lynda Barods elder sister in One Careful Owner, starring Joe Brown. 'Lynda was actually in the first pantomime I ever saw and the first person I understudied when I became an actress', she says. Deena sang backing vocals for other performers, too, including Eric Burdon, Alvin Lee and John Farnham, which came about because her ex-husband was session percussionist Frank Ricotti. Deena also acted on television in Rock Follies '77, The Bill and Alan Plater's series Tales of Sherwood Forest, as well as appearing in the films Valentino and The Music Machine. During her days as a backing singer, she performed in television programmes such as Oh Boy', Top of the Pops, Superpop, Get It Together and Gas Street. It was while working with Alan Price that she met her partner, Steve Grant, with whom she has a son, William, born in 1992. He was still a baby when she was offered the role of Viv Windsor in Emmerdale the following year.|
|'It was a big decision,' recalls Deena, 'because I had got my life quite well balanced. I didn't really think any further than getting work that would suit me as a mum. This part came along and it meant either travelling on a regular basis up and down from London to Yorkshire or moving up here. I took the job and, for the first six months, I found a small cottage, brought William up and hired a nanny. I then realised that that wasn't working, so Steve and I both moved up here - he suggested it. We rent in Yorkshire and still keep the house down south.'|
|Deena had no problems tackling the role of Viv, a wife and mother in a family themselves moving from London to Yorkshire, who was the backbone of the family but later cheated on husband Vic by having an affair with Woolpack manager Terry Woods. 'I saw exactly who she was,' says the actress. 'An Essex girl with high heels and colourful clothes - but slightly clashing in the way the colours are actually co-ordinated. She opens her mouth first and thinks afterwards - her reactions are quicker than her head - but she has a heart.|
|It took Terry ages to persuade Viv to have an affair. When she did, the whole family collapsed, and then she went through the whole guilt of it all. I'm quite different from Viv. I like the colours she wears, but not necessarily the way she wears them, and I wouldn't wear high heels. Also, I'm more broad-minded.'|
|She has no plans to disrupt the routine that Emmerdale has enabled her to establish as a mother. 'It's perfect for a working mum,' she says. 'Sometimes I don't see William at all in a day, but that's only two or three days out of 14.' Partner Steve has also found success through Emmerdale - writing songs with actors Alun Lewis and Billy Hartman, who with Steve Halliwell formed The Woolpackers and hit the charts with a single and album.|
Taken from the emmerdale companion by Anthony Hayward
Profile that Used to be on the old Official Site
Played by Deena Payne
CHEATING Viv Hope wants nothing more than for her husband, Bob, to forgive and forget her fling with a limo driver. Bob, however, is not in the mood to show mercy.
He’s determined to give Viv a hard time and wreak revenge.
“Bob really loves Viv,” says Tony Audenshaw, who plays the cheated husband. “That’s
why he was so devastated when he learned she’d been unfaithful.”
Bob then demands the Lothario tells him about his session with Viv.
“Matti the driver is scared he is going to get thumped by Bob again,” says Tony. “He admits Viv said it was just a one-off because she loved her husband. The fling didn’t count.
“Bob decides if flings don’t count then he’ll have one himself, and he bursts into the pub searching for a willing partner. But, he can’t bring himself to be unfaithful to Viv.”
Viv begs Bob for a second chance but he insists their marriage is over.
The next day, they receive the news that Donna, Viv’s daughter, has collapsed
- and her friends
“That puts the row in perspective,” says Tony. “Viv sobs that Donna has tried to kill herself and, naturally, Bob comforts her.
“It’s soon clear that Donna hasn’t taken an overdose - it was a cry for help and attention.”
One good thing does emerge from Donna’s collapse, though. “The scare brings Bob and Viv closer,” explains Tony. “But when Viv’s hopes rise, Bob insists that they’re not back together; they’ve got to take the future very slowly.”
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EMMERDALE'S golden couple Viv and Bob Hope may be a marriage made in soap heaven, but according to actress Deena Payne the relationship was nearly over before it began.
As gossiping postmistress Viv, Deena came face-to-face with Tony Audenshaw at the auditions and it was far from love at first sight.
"I wasn't keen on him, I must confess," she laughs. "When I met Tony we didn't hit it off at first, so I was less than impressed to find out I'd have to kiss him on- screen."
As it turned out, Deena's reluctance was misplaced and today Viv and Bob are regarded as Emmer- dale's answer to Coronation Street's over-the-top comic couple Jack and Vera Duckworth.
"I'm not ashamed to admit I was wrong," giggles Deena. "Usually my first impressions are spot on, but I was way off the mark with Tony. He's a joy to work with."
While Deena may have found happiness working alongside Tony, on-screen Viv and Bob are experiencing troubled times.
Bob was devastated to find out about Viv's quick fling with a limo driver at a hen night and it looks as though the Hopes' marriage is beyond repair.
"Viv's got herself in a right pickle," explains Deena. "Bob's her soulmate and she can't believe her fling, which meant so little to her at the time, is destroying a relationship which really means the world to her."
This week, Viv takes drastic action and enrols in a self-help group to try and help improve her blunt manner.
"Viv decides she must take a good look at herself - she'll do anything to get Bob back," says Deena. But as Deena explains, it seems self- improvement is the least of Viv's worries as four-times-married Bob has been known to pack his bags when faced with an emotional upset.
"In the past, whenever a problem presents itself Bob runs away," says Deena. "He's not the type to stick around when the going gets tough.
"This time around, his hurt is so deep he simply doesn't know what to do with himself and only runs across the road across from Viv. This has to be a good sign," adds Deena.
Domestic trouble and strife isn't a worry for Deena 48, who is happily married to musician Steve Grant and mother to 10- year-old William. The multi-talented actress has a musical background of her own, having started her career in theatre before being a backing singer for Alan Price.
Most recently, Deena stepped through the immortal portals of Stars In Their Eyes as Dolly Parton, alongside Emmerdale co- star Tony Audenshaw's Kenny Rogers.
"What wonderful fun that was," recalls Deena.
"I really did enjoy myself even though I thought my wig made me look more like Lily Savage's drag half- sister."
Although the couple won the talent show, Deena is doubtful about whether a recording career lies on the horizon.
"I've always oohed and aahed in the background but I don't think I'd want to be out front," she says. "Performing to a live audience is really terrifying. Besides, after winning Stars In Their Eyes, I couldn't concentrate on my lines - my head was in the clouds for days."
Deena remains hopeful Viv and Bob will live happily ever after.
"I'm sure there will be a rainbow at the end of all this trouble," she says. "They're made for each other."
ITV.COM Viv's self-improvement
Monday | 31.03.03
Dumped wife Viv Hope seeks help and a personality overhaul.
Determined to prove to her husband that she means what she says, Viv enrols in a local self-help group and the counsellors give her some useful insight into her emotional turmoil.
But it seems that Bob is in no mood to be giving out second chances.
Deena Payne, who plays Viv, says, "Heather, the group leader, suggests it would help if Bob were to join his wife, but his attendance is anything but a success.
"Bob thinks it's a load of tosh, and ends up belittling Viv in front of everyone, which leads them to storming out and having a screaming row.
"So in the end, the course has been a waste of time."
What will it take for the sparring spouses to rekindle their love?
Friday | 04.04.03
Emmerdale's Viv and Bob Hope are back on speaking terms.
In the aftermath of daughter Donna's tragic accident, the feuding spouses vow to get their relationship back on track for her sake.
The Hopes have been estranged ever since barman Bob discovered his wife had cheated on him with limo driver Matti. He rebuffed all her attempts to make amends.
But Donna's drink fuelled cry for help has woken both of them up. They realise how selfish they both have been in not thinking about how their rows have impacted on the youngster's life.
Actress Deena Payne, who plays the cheating postmistress says, "I think it's a turning point for them. Bob realises that there's more to life than dwelling on a bad situation and tries to start the healing between them."
Deena confesses that no-one want to see the pair back together more than her.
She says, "I'm desperate for Viv to get back with Bob, they work so well as a couple. I'd like to see them happy again. Since they got married they always seem to be fighting."
Emmerdale’s Scott Windsor admits he is Jean's father at last.
Poor Scott has to hear the allegations against the mother of his child from his own gossiping mum Viv.
But her delight in the information soon turns to horror as she understands that her precious son is embroiled in the scandal.
And against her motherly instincts, she begins to question how events unfolded on the night of Jean's conception. It is common knowledge that Zoe has no idea who the father of her baby daughter is. She was suffering from a schizophrenic episode when they had sex, and has believed for months that she may have been the victim of a rape.
But Scott knows that, although Zoe was drunk, the raunchy episode took place with her consent and is horrified that even his own mother thinks he could be capable of rape.
But the showdown between Scott and Viv is nothing compared to the drama unfolding at the hospital. Scott barges into see Jean and to protect her from being taken into care. The nurses contact Zoe to tell her that a man is here claiming to be her daughter's dad.
How will she react when she comes face to face with the truth?
The ditzy cleaner has been dreaming of sun and sea after entering a competition for a dream cruise but she’s got competition.
Unbeknownst to Laurel, she has actually won the cruise. However, the winning envelope has been delivered to the Viv Hope’s post office instead of her house.
After a terrible morning, in which she discovers her replacement eternity ring is nothing like the lost original, Viv thinks that once again she will be in hubby Bob’s bad books.
So when she tears open the letter to say the cruise has been won, she is delighted and decides to take the prize for herself.
While poor Laurel daydreams about the once-in-a-lifetime holiday, Viv is already making her plans to depart – without giving her pal a second thought.
Will Viv really cheat Laurel out of her chance to travel?
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