Created 11th October 2003
Updated 30th January 2004

The Marsden Twins - Elaine and Ali

Official fan card for Ali
10th March 2003 -
17th December 2003
official fan card for Elaine
10th March 2003 -
17th December 2003


The Family's introduction to the village doesn't get off to a good start.

Thank You! The Following has been Written & provided by Eithne
© 2003

Character: Alistair "Ali" Marsden

Parents: Frances and Ronnie Marsden.

Siblings: Elaine Marsden, twin sister. Paul Marsden, older brother.

Other Family: Siobhan, sister in law. Paul’s wife.

First Appearance: 10th March 2003

Final Appearance: 17th December 2003

Played by: Danny Tennant

Biography:

Ronnie, Frances, their three children and daughter in law made their appearances in March 2003, moving into the house formerly owned by the Reynolds family. Ali immediately took a liking to Katie, angering her boyfriend Andy Sugden.

Ali tried to get Ollie and Donna sympathy by telling them he had a heart defect, which meant he was dying. Ali also faked his heart defect kicking in, to get more attention. Ali showed how cruel he could be by spreading nasty rumours that Stephen Butler was gay, which led to Stephen’s departure from the village.

Thank You! The Following has been Written & provided by Eithne
© 2003

Character: Elaine Marsden

Parents: Frances and Ronnie Marsden.

Siblings: Alistair "Ali" Marsden, twin brother. Paul Marsden, older brother.

Other Family: Siobhan, sister in law. Paul’s wife.

First Appearance: 10th March 2003

Final Appearance: 17th December 2003

Played by: Samantha McCarthy

Biography:

Ronnie, Frances, their three children and daughter in law made their appearances in March 2003, moving into the house formerly owned by the Reynolds family. Robert Sugden immediately liked Elaine, but he was in a relationship with Donna Windsor. Elaine left school, and started working with her mother at Pollard’s factory, after losing her previous job.

While Donna was away, Robert and Elaine grew closer as he thought her how to drive and sold her his car. They started an affair, but Elaine refused to sleep with Robert until he broke it off with Donna. When Donna returned Robert finished it, though he and Elaine kept their relationship secret not to hurt Donna.

Elaine and Robert 26th September 2003

Newstories about the actors and characters

The Marsdens meet their neighbours the Dingles

Ding(le) dong, we're your new neighbours


From Pure soap 28th February 2003

The madcap Dingle family are in for some excitment when their new neighbours - the Marsdens - arrive in Emmerdale village.

The new family are set to make a dramatic entrance on March 10, and things don't go exactly smoothly from the start.

First their removal van breaks down on the edge of the village, then they find lazy Syd and Mack still haven't finished their new house!

Added to that they'll discover their noisy neighbours are Emmerdale's demanding Dingles.
Still, Marsden Dad Ronnie should be able to sort the Dingles out - actor Ray Ashcroft, who plays the part, used to star in The Bill after all.

Emmerdale has him as a trucker, a bit of a ladies man, and a keen Leeds United fan. Ronnie is married to Frances, played by actress Sandy Walsh.

Eldest son Paul is played by At Home With The Braithwaites star Matthew Booth, and is married to Siobhan, played by ex-Hollyoaks pin-up Abigail Fisher.

The Marsden family also has a couple of troublesome teens, played by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy, who promise to generate plenty of storylines in the future.

All in all March promises to be an exciting time in the lively village of Emmerdale.

Mum Frances is so smart

From Pure soap 8th March 2003

Mum Frances is so  smart

 

The Marsden family is arriving in Emmerdale, and it's obvious from the start that mum Frances is the smart one, says the Daily Star.
Within a few minutes she's heard to say: "I think we've made a mistake."

Son Alistair could be forgiven for thinking the same thing, as it's not long before he gets a smack in the face from Danny who's cheesed off because Alistair has been trying to win sympathy from Ollie because of a heart condition.

But that's true...and the writers could introduce a life-threatening situation into the soap at any moment

The Sun's Weekly Guide to the Soap's 8th March 2003

Meet the Marsdens, the latest Emmerdale Family

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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 When Ali met Ollie

Wednesday | 12.03.03

Ali



Ali Marsden wants to win a bet and a girlfriend.
Since moving to the village the cheeky newcomer has been on the lookout and thinks Ollie Reynolds is the girl for him.

And it seems he will stop at nothing to win her heart, despite being aware she is in a long-term romance with local lad Danny Daggart.

However, his twin sister Elaine is unconvinced that her romeo brother can charm Ollie into a date and lays a bet down. This prompts her brother to pull out all the stops to get Ollie to agree to go out with him.

When she initially turns him down, Ali decides to reveal his secret to her and tells all about the heart defect which could kill him.

Ollie relents but when Danny finds out what he's been up to, Ali will have another reason to worry about his health.

ITV.COM Marsden Madness

Wednesday | 28.05.03


Emmerdale's newest family have been settling in behind the scenes.
The six-strong Marsden brood have made a huge impact by playing in some significant storylines. And things are spicing up off-camera too.

Samantha McCarthy, who plays mischievous daughter Elaine, reveals that the relationship between the actors is like that of a real family - and it leads to some hilarious moments.

And the person on the receiving end of much of the humour is star Danny Tennant, who plays Elaine's troublesome twin Ali.

Samantha laughs, "I don't bully him. But he's so easy to wind up! Me and the rest of the family do it all the time.

"We tell him they've added a new scene and he panics thinking they haven't sent him the script."

The Marsdens may be having a riot in real life, but on-screen things have been far more dramatic.

Father Ronnie's passionate affair with Woolpack barmaid has left wife Francis furious and Ali's heart defect keeps the whole clan worried for his health.

Will life in the Dales continue to be so stressful for the popular newcomers?


ITV.COM Shy Ali

Friday | 13.06.03

Ali


Emmerdale star Danny Tennant has revealed he's shy with women.

The young newcomer - who plays cheeky Ali Marsden - finds it hard to get past the barrier of being a well known face.

And to make matters worse, Danny's co-star mates are very confident when it comes to charming the opposite sex.

Danny is especially perplexed by the reaction of women to his on-screen persona Ali. Ever since Ali arrived in Emmerdale he has been on a mission to enjoy the delights of the local talent. Both Katie Addyman and Ollie Reynolds have been on his hit list and, with his confident personality, Ali is never lost for words when it comes to chatting up girls.

But Danny is a much more reserved personality.

He says, "I'm really shy when it comes to girls. I daren't go up and chat them up like Kelvin Fletcher - who plays Andy Sugden - does.

"Since I've been in Emmerdale a lot of girls have made assumptions about me before they've even spoken to me, because they all think I'm like Ali."


BBC Pure Soap 16th June 2003

Danny is not like Ali at all

A look at itv.com's Soap Gossip page this week reveals that Emmerdale star Danny Tennant is shy with women.

The young actor - who plays newcomer Ali Marsden - finds it hard to get past the barrier of being a well known face.

To make matters worse, Danny's co-star mates are very confident when it comes to charming members of the opposite sex.

The popular website reports that Danny is perplexed by the reaction of women to his on-screen persona Ali. Ever since Ali arrived in Emmerdale he has been on a mission to enjoy the delights of the local talent.

Both Katie Addyman and Ollie Reynolds have been on his hit list and, with his confident personality, Ali is never lost for words when it comes to chatting up girls.
But Danny is a much more reserved personality.

He says, "I'm really shy when it comes to girls. I daren't go up and chat them up like Kelvin Fletcher - who plays Andy Sugden - does.

" Since I've been in Emmerdale a lot of girls have made assumptions about me before they've even spoken to me, because they all think I'm like Ali."

THE SUN 26th July 2003

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Donna is delighted to help new driver Robert turn his car into a passion wagon. But when Robert starts getting distracted by another woman, Donna is instantly jealous.

While Robert insists he and Elaine are just mates and he’s helping her learn to drive, Donna is not so sure.

“Donna really fancies Robert,” says Verity Rushworth, who plays the teenage temptress. “The trouble is, living in a tiny village means that there’s nowhere for them to go to be together.

“When Robert passes his test and gets a car, Donna is delighted! They head off to a quiet country lane where nature takes its course.

“Donna is thrilled, until Robert remembers he is supposed to be taking Elaine out for a driving lesson.

“Furious, Donna insists on going too and makes such a nuisance of herself chattering from the back seat that Elaine reverses into a gatepost.”

Later, Elaine tells Donna she doesn’t fancy Robert, but Donna isn’t convinced. And when Robert and Elaine are alone in the car when it runs out of petrol in a country lane, he starts flirting with her.

She reminds him he already has a girlfriend, but will temptation get the better of them?

ITV.COM Teenage Kicks

Friday | 01.08.03


Randy Robert continues his pursuit of a second girlfriend tonight.

The Sugden schoolboy has already captured the heart of Donna Windsor but has set his sights another village lovely - newcomer Elaine Marsden.

And Robert is finding his new set of wheels is the perfect excuse to lure unwitting Elaine to got out with him - even if she has no idea of his romantic intentions.

The pair embark on a second driving lesson tonight, free from Donna's watchful eyes. And Robert ensures that the car runs out of petrol miles from home so they are forced to spend some quality time together.

But Elaine has no intention of becoming another notch on his bedpost. And luckily for her, dad Ronnie, has also sussed Robert's game.

Ronnie is furious to discover that Elaine has not turned up for work, and that she is with Robert. He hunts for the pair and when he finds them, Elaine is dragged home with clear instructions not to go near Robert again.

Donna is delighted that Elaine is out of the picture but will Robert give up so easily?

The Sun 25th August 2003

EMMERDALE

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STRIFE OF THE PARTY

RONNIE and Frances throw a Seventies party and as the drinks flow it seems that romance is in the air for some of the revellers.

Laurel takes a drunken Ashley back home and tells him she loves him - but by then he is asleep on the sofa. And with Donna away, Elaine and Robert share a kiss.

But there is no happy ending for either couple.

" Laurel is besotted by Ashley," says Charlotte Bellamy, who plays the lovelorn Miss Potts. "Nicola tries to warn Laurel not to make a fool of herself but Laurel thinks she can make Ashley happy."

Louise mentions she is going to try her luck at speed-dating, a night of five-minute mini-dates, in the hope of finding a new man. Lonely Ashley takes an interest, so Laurel instantly wants to come too. The evening goes slowly until Ashley and Laurel finally have their mini-date.

" They have a great time," says Charlotte. "But I don’t think he thinks of her as a possible partner. They go back to the Marsdens’ party afterwards and by then Ashley has really had too much to drink. Laurel takes him home and, as she settles him onto the sofa, she whispers to him that she loves him. But by then Ashley is fast asleep!"

Meanwhile, Robert and Elaine share a tender kiss but Elaine is instantly wracked with guilt over Robert’s regular girlfriend, Donna.

Robert coolly says that no-one need know, which only upsets Elaine further and she rushes off in tears.

 


 Ananova: 

Emmerdale's Marsdens to be axed

Emmerdale family the Marsdens have been axed after just nine months on screen.

Trucker Ronnie Marsden, his wife Frances and children Paul, Alistair and Elaine arrived in the Yorkshire Dales in March.

Ronnie was soon at the centre of a steamy storyline when he embarked on an affair with Woolpack landlady Louise.

But bosses at the ITV soap have decided to give the family their marching orders.

Only Paul and his wife Siobhan have survived the cull, which will see the family written out in December.

Their final storyline will involve Ronnie (Ray Ashcroft) cheating on his wife (Sandy Walsh) yet again - this time with devastating consequences.

They will leave Emmerdale along with twins Alistair and Elaine, played by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy.

Producer Steve Frost said: "The Marsdens have got a great story to play through the autumn, but unfortunately this culminates in them leaving the village.

"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden will be staying on and the young couple have got some trying times ahead."

Emmerdale family the Marsdens have been axed after just six months.
Trucker Ronnie Marsden, his wife Frances and children Paul, Alistair and Elaine arrived in the Yorkshire Dales in May.
Ronnie was soon at the centre of a steamy storyline when he embarked on an affair with Woolpack landlady Louise.
But bosses at the ITV soap have decided to give the family their marching orders.
Only Paul and his wife Siobhan have survived the cull, which will see the family written out in December.
Their final storyline will involve Ronnie (Ray Ashcroft) cheating on his wife (Sandy Walsh) yet again - this time with devastating consequences.
They will leave Emmerdale along with twins Alistair and Elaine, played by Danny Tennant and Samantha McCarthy.
Producer Steve Frost said: "The Marsdens have got a great story to play through the autumn, but unfortunately this culminates in them leaving the village.
"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden will be staying on and the young couple have got some trying times ahead."
The move spells disappointment for Ashcroft, who previously played Detective Sergeant Geoff Daly in The Bill.
The Sheffield-born actor was axed from the police show in 2001 after five years and was delighted to land the Emmerdale role.
He said in May: "I feel very lucky to have another regular role in a high-profile show, especially one that's so close to my home up North. And I've got a good feeling about Ronnie. I hope he's going to stick around for a long while."

ITV.COM

Marsden's To Leave

Thursday | 18.09.03

Emmerdale's Marsden family say goodbye to the Dales this Christmas.

The only members of the family to remain in the hit show will be eldest son Paul and his feisty wife Siobhan.

In December viewers will see father Ronnie cheat on long suffering wife Frances once again and the results of his extra-marital fling will rock the foundations of the whole clan.

Ronnie - played by former Bill star Ray Ashcroft - has already caused a stir in the Dales after conducting a passionate romance with Woolpack landlady Louise Appleton.

Teenage twins Ali (Danny Tennant) and Elaine (Samantha McCarthy) have also caused altercations among the villagers - most recently when Elaine stole pal Donna Windsor's boyfriend Robert Sugden.

Producer Steve Frost says, "The Marsdens have got a great story to play through the autumn, but unfortunately this culminates in them leaving the village.

"However, Paul and Siobhan Marsden will be staying on and the young couple have got some trying times ahead."

Robert leaves girlfriend for dead
Emmerdale's Robert Sugden has had a tricky time recently trying to choose between the two women in his life - but things are about to get much worse.
The two-timer, who has been romancing Donna Windsor and Elaine Marsden, puts one of the girls in grave danger after crashing his car.
The drama happens when Robert, played by Karl Davies, decides Elaine is the girl for him and takes her on a romantic picnic in the hope of a little passion.
But they end up rowing when Elaine rejects his advances and he says he might get further if he was a woman!
Elaine storms off and Robert follows her in the car. He persuades her to get in but disaster strikes when they continue to argue and Robert is so distracted they end up crashing.
Amazingly Robert staggers away from the wreckage, leaving Elaine in the car covered in blood.
He has no idea if she is dead or alive but panics at the thought of getting into trouble.

The episode is shown on September 29 on ITV1.

The Sun's Weekly Guide to the Soaps 28th September 2003

Robert and elain after the crash

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A BUM STEER

RANDY Robert’s attempts to get Elaine to sleep with him lead to a car crash in which she gets badly hurt - and her shameless suitor blames her for the accident!

"When Elaine agrees to go for a picnic, Robert is convinced this is his big chance," says Karl Davies, who plays him. "But Elaine wants to take things slowly and storms off when he tries to make a move."

Robert jumps into Elaine’s car and hurtles after her. He manages to persuade her to get in but, while talking to her, he loses control of the vehicle, which crashes in to a ditch and hits a tree, dazing Robert momentarily and knocking Elaine out cold.

"Robert panics," says Karl. "He could lose his licence and his job, so he drags Elaine over to the driving seat to make it look as if she was driving!"

While Robert has only minor injuries, Elaine is rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured skull.

"When Elaine comes round, she can’t remember anything," adds Karl. "She accepts Robert’s story and he starts to think he is off the hook."

 


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