Emmerdale’s Harriet star recalls losing her mum to a stroke after sad Marlon scenes

Emmerdale’s Harriet star recalls losing her mum to a stroke after sad Marlon scenes

March 22, 2022

Emmerdale actress Katherine Dow Blyton, who plays the ITV soap’s Harriet Finch, has opened up about losing her mum to a stroke after watching the show’s heartbreaking Marlon Dingle storyline.

The soap’s most recent episode left viewers in tears as they watched Marlon (Mark Charnock) suffer a stroke just moments after getting engaged to partner Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry).

The powerful scenes were praised by fans, as they commended Mark for his portrayal. And the storyline has also touched members of the cast, too.

After tuning in to see her co-stars’ work, Katherine Dow Blyton, who plays former Vicar Harriet, took to her social media account to speak about her own experience.

She wrote on Twitter: “My beautiful Mum died after suffering a severe stroke in 2016. It’s a cruel and sudden end to a life.”

Katherine, 57, then raised further awareness of what to look out for and when people need to call for help.

She said: “Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the UK. Awareness is crucial. Act FAST. FACE.ARMS.SPEECH.TIME to call 999.”

As Emmerdale fans sent their love to Katherine and shared their own stories, her cast mates also lent their support.

These included on screen family member Olivia Bromley, who stars as Dawn Taylor, who sent Katherine a love heart emoji.

Katherine, whose small screen credits also include ITV sister soap Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, has previously opened up about her mum Diana’s tragic death.

In a moving open letter for the Bedford Independent, Katherine reflected on the last moments she shared with her late mum.

She wrote: “I had left her that morning; she had walked her beloved dog Pippa, washed her car and was going to garden for the rest of the day.

“My mum was the most active, ‘full of life’ person I knew. She LOVED life. She was my best friend and I miss her every day.

“Stroke is cruel. There are no warning signs but when it strikes, it destroys lives. The sad truth is that I’m not alone – everyday stroke still turns lives upside down in an instant.”

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Katherine also used the opportunity to highlight the tireless work of the Stroke Association and how people can support the organisation.

The actress continued: “The Stroke Association estimates that every day there are around 280 strokes in the UK and this wonderful charity helps people to recover from stroke.

“But right now, they need our help to ensure that they can continue this vital work.”

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