Rachel Hughes

Rachel Hughes

Infobox Emmerdale character 2

name=Rachel Hughes
portrayer=Glenda McKay
born=15 July 1971
death=11 May 1999
(Pushed off a cliff)
spouse = Chris Tate (1995–1997)
father = David Hughes
mother = Kate Sugden
brothers = Mark Hughes
sons = Joseph Tate

Rachel Hughes (previously Tate) was a fictional character on the ITV soap opera "Emmerdale". She was played by Glenda McKay.


Rachel arrived in Beckindale in 1988 with her mother Kate and brother Mark after her parents divorced. Her mother started a war with Joe Sugden in late 1988 after he shot and killed her dog because it was bothering sheep. However in early 1989 Joe and Kate fell in love and were married in April that year.

Affair with Pete Whiteley

Rachel Tate began an affair with married man Pete on her 18th birthday. He ended it when his wife Lynn became pregnant and they moved away from the village. Pete later returned and began seeing Rachel again until he was run over and killed by Rachel's mother who was jailed for dangerous driving. Lynn got revenge on Rachel by having an affair with Rachel's stepfather Joe Sugden.

Plane crash

On New Years Eve 1993 a plane exploded over Beckindale killing Rachel Tate's brother Mark Hughes. The disaster also left Chris Tate in a wheelchair. Rachel then began giving Chris swimming lessons and they started an affair. Kathy Tate saw them kissing on her third wedding anniversary to Chris and attacked Rachel, banging her head against a wall.

Marriage to Chris Tate

In December 1994 Rachel discovered that she was two months pregnant with Chris's baby and in June the next year she gave birth to their son, Joseph h Mark Tate, on the same day her stepfather Joe Sugden died. Kathy was there when Rachel went into labour and stayed with her as Chris was nowhere to be found. This led to the two women becoming best friends and Rachel named Kathy as Joseph's godmother. On 7th December that year she and Chris got married with her uncal Jack Sugden and auntie Sarah as witnesses. Chris wanted them to have another child and went for fertility] treatments, but Rachel secretly went on the pill. Chris and Rachel split up and Rachel got custody of Joseph.

Affair with Jack

In November 1997 news reached Emmerdale that Kate Sugden had died of a brain haemorrhage. Rachel Tate then began seeing her uncle Jack Sugden after they comforted each other. This was her third affair with a married man. However Jack had no intention of breaking up his marriage and returned to wife Sarah.

Graham Clark

In late 1998 Rachel Tate started dating schoolteacher Graham Clark and he began to exert control over her getting her to dye her hair and dress like his late wife Rebecca Clark. In May 1999 they went on a picnic where she tried to break up with him. He then killed her by pushing her off a cliff after she realised that he had killed his wife. Graham later died after driving his car off a cliff having kidnapped Kathy Tate.

ee also

*List of Emmerdale characters

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