Samantha Kate Winward has been “Sammy” as long as I can remember, which isn’t very, since she’s only thirty-two. Then again, she’s been in front of one camera or another for half her life: in 2001, she signed up for the long haul on the British soap Emmerdale, a student first seen in detention with a boy she subsequently marries. Twice.
Apart from not quite a year’s worth of maternity leave, she stayed on Emmerdale until 2014, and was brutally killed off that winter in a scene with her brother-in-law, whom she’d been seeing on the side.
Most recently, she appeared in another ITV drama, Fearless, which ran for six episodes this year.
From ITV’s talk show Loose Women (!), Sammy talks about her post-Emmerdale existence:
I can’t imagine her missing a whole lot of work, you know?