Paula Tilbrook retires from Emmerdale

Brit actress Paula Tilbrook is retiring after 21 years with UK soap.


Long-running Emmerdale actress Paula Tilbrook who plays village gossip Betty Eagleton is retiring after 21 years with the UK soap.

She first appeared in April 1994 for just three episodes, but has now filmed her final scenes.

“I have been at Emmerdale for twenty-one years and I’ve loved every moment. Today is both the saddest and the happiest day of my life. Happy because I’ve got everyone here with me but the sad part is I’m leaving. But there is a great atmosphere and it is nice to go out on a high,” she said.

Kate Oates Series Producer says: “It’s impossible to overstate how much everyone at Emmerdale will miss Paula. In Betty, she’s created a British television icon: someone who has lit up our screens and touched our hearts. Off screen, she is an integral part of the Emmerdale family: an inspiration to those she works with, as well as a fabulous raconteur and hilarious storyteller. We are sad to lose her from the programme, but wish her the happy retirement she so deserves.”

Her final scenes will air in the UK in mid-May.

One Response

  1. Not sure I would go so far as calling Betty a “British television icon”, not even close, but I do wish her a happy retirement. The character has popped in and out over the last couple of years, so it was only a matter of time before she left. It will be sad but it is a sign of the times with the UK soaps, all the older cast members are slowly moving out of Coronation Street, Albert Square and Emmerdale village. Sad.

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