HE IS one of Emmerdale’s most recognisable characters.
So for devoted fan Eve Small, it was a dream come true when actor Chris Chittell turned up to visit her in hospital.
He was very friendly. It made my dayEve Small
The 89-year-old from Southsea has been unwell recently, suffering from cancer and a stroke as well as a broken hip.
When her daughter Dyanne Holland saw the actor who plays Eric Pollard in a pub, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go and chat to him – and tell him her mum loves the show.
Dyanne, 59, from Clarence Parade, said: ‘We went to our local pub and we got there and the barman said “it’s Eric from Emmerdale”.
‘I went up to him and said that my mum was a big fan.
‘I had my picture taken with him and then he asked what was wrong with my mum.
‘He said if he had time he would visit her.’
Chris gave Dyanne his number and the next day she sent him a message and he agreed to go to Queen Alexandra Hospital to visit Eve.
Dyanne picked him up from the Queen’s Hotel in Southsea where he was staying and they headed up to the hospital in Cosham.
‘I hadn’t even phoned my mum. He said to keep it as a surprise,’ Dyanne said.
‘He came into the ward and saw my mum.
‘It absolutely perked her up. She was so excited.
‘All the nurses were talking about it too.’
Chris spent around half an hour in the hospital talking to Eve.
Eve said: ‘I was shocked. It was good of him to give up his time.
‘It means nothing to him but it meant a lot to me. It’s the soap that I watch all the time.
‘He was very friendly. It made my day.’
Dyanne had left her phone at home so Chris offered to take photographs on his phone which he then sent on to her, wishing her mum well.
Dyanne added: ‘He was just so nice. He was such a lovely man.’
Chris has been in Emmerdale since 1986 and is now the longest-serving cast member.
He was in the area as part of charity work he was doing for the Great South Run.