Created 9th March 2003
Updated 29th September 2003
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Character: Paul Marsden
Married: Siobhan Marsden
Appeared: 10th March 2003 – present
Played by: Matthew Booth
Paul and Siobhan first appeared in March 2003, along with the rest of his family. Soon they moved from their previous home into a cottage in the village, which Marlon and Tricia Dingle lived in. Paul was unhappy with his job working as a porter at the hospital where Siobhan worked. He wanted to become a carpenter full time, but she wasn’t happy with this idea.
Paul then got a job as the village postie, beating Marlon Dingle to the job, which he has been doing ever since. Despite his new job, Paul hasn’t forgotten his carpentry and is now working on kitchen units with local builder Syd Woolfe. Now Paul and Siobhan’s home is for sale, as their landlord Alan Turner is selling it to buy the B&B. Will they settle down permanently in the village?
Ding(le) dong, we're your new neighbours
Pure soap 28th February 2003
The Sun's Weekly Guide to the Soap's 8th March 2003
NEW family the Marsdens move in to the village and quickly have the residents rallying round.
The newcomers’ removal van slides into a ditch and head of the family Ronnie recruits the locals to help shift their furniture. He thanks his new neighbours by getting the drinks in down at The Woolpack.
The Marsdens have three children - 17-year-old twins Alistair and Elaine, who live with them, and older son Paul, who lives in Hotten with his nurse wife Siobhan.
“Ronnie is an easy-going guy,” says ex-Bill star Ray Ashcroft, who plays him. “He’s a lorry driver who works hard for his family. They mean the world to him.
“His wife Frances is not too impressed when Ronnie decides he’s buying drinks all round, though. She was planning a nice meal to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.”
Frances has a secret she’s keeping from her husband - she fears she has breast cancer and is waiting for the test results. She gets a job at the factory and opens up to Lisa about her worries when she gets the all-clear.
Lisa explains how Zak’s illness brought them closer and says Frances should talk to Ronnie. “He is shocked,” says Ray. “He admits he’d be totally lost without her.”
The family soon get into the swing of village life with would-be stud Alistair quick to check out the girls.
“He is being a natural charmer,” explains Danny Tennant, who plays him.
“He definitely doesn’t think it will take him long to get a date. He’s so confident, he bets his sister he will be first to get off with someone and sets his sights on Ollie - which doesn’t go down too well with boyfriend Danny.”
ITV.com: The Marsdens Move In
The hunky newcomer is thoroughly enjoying his role as postman Paul Marsden but insists their personalities are very different in real life.
Since their arrival in the Dales, the Marsdens have caused mayhem. Father Ronnie conducted an affair with sexy barmaid Louise Appleton, mother Frances had a health scare and their teenage offspring have held wild parties.
But oldest child Paul and his wife Siobhan remain a mystery to Emmerdale viewers. All we know is that the young couple wed in haste in Las Vegas and that Frances disapproves of their love match.
Matthew admits that he can see why some viewers may wonder if Paul is the one who wears the trousers in their relationship.
He laughs, "Paul is a bit under the thumb, and I'd like to think I'm
not. Then again, I bet every bloke thinks that! I'd probably not go for a girl
like Siobhan because she can be quite a handful."