Eric Charles Pollard
is a fictional character
from the British soap opera Emmerdale
played by Chris Chittell
Pollard has appeared on the show since 1986, making him the second longest running current character after Alan Turner
who has appeared since 1982. He has lied to, cheated and swindled nearly all his neighbours — without allowing his actions to ever trouble his conscience. He is the father of an illegitimate son David Metcalfe
Eric arrived in Beckindale in September 1986 and immediately found a business enemy in Sandie Merrick, whose mother Pat has died in a car accident just weeks before Eric's arrival. He proved himself to be very unpopular and even threatened Sandie with a poker whilst drunk.
Eric has been married five times and is known for his deception and bigamy. After a few years in Emmerdale, Eric started to pursue his eventual second wife Elizabeth Feldmann – without bothering to mention he was still married to his first wife Eileen.
Unlike his other wives, Elizabeth didn't leave Eric of her own accord. When the plane crash hit Emmerdale in 1993, she was babysitting – having told Eric that she intended to tell the police that he was responsible for the cheque fraud
that he had framed her son, Michael, for. Elizabeth was found dead after the plane crash. There is still speculation about whether Eric murdered her. If he did, he got away with it as her death was officially recorded as a result of the plane crash. Even now it is... Read More