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Emmerdale’s Katherine Dow Blyton reveals the heartbreaking story of her mother’s death after suffering a stroke

EMMERDALE’s Katherine Dow Blyton has revealed her heartbreaking story about her mother’s death following Marlon Dingle’s stroke plot.

The actress, who plays police officer and vicar Harriet Finch on the ITV soap, opened up about her devastating loss in 2016.

Actress Katherine Dow Blyton announced that her mother died of a stroke in 2016

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Actress Katherine Dow Blyton announced that her mother died of a stroke in 2016Photo credit: ITV
Katherine has opened up about her loss following Emmerdale's stroke plot

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Katherine has opened up about her loss following Emmerdale’s stroke plotPhoto credit: ITV

The chef – who is played by actor Mark Charnock in the ITV soap – broke down minutes after asking his girlfriend Rhona Goskirk to marry him on Monday’s episode.

While viewers were left emotional at the tragic scene, many praised the ITV soap for its portrayal of “real signs of stroke”.

Soap star Katherine shared her support for the storyline, revealing that it has significant meaning for her.

“My beautiful mother passed away in 2016 after suffering a massive stroke,” Katherine wrote on Twitter after the episode aired.

“It’s a cruel and sudden end to a life.

“Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the UK. Awareness is crucial. Act FAST.

Emmerdale's Mark Charnock was
Emmerdale fans in tears as Marlon Dingle suffers stroke after his engagement

ITV viewers were left in tears as the Marlon broke down minutes after asking his girlfriend Rhona Goskirk to marry him.

The 53-year-old actor, who has played Marlon for almost 26 years, said he was “moved” by the response.

The actor wrote: “It’s hard to know what to say to you all other than I’m really blown away.

“Thank you for all your messages. It was so moving to read.

“ALL credit goes to the amazing #Emmerdale team, @TheStrokeAssoc and the clinicians and survivors who advised us. Thank you all. X”

One viewer wrote: “You made me cry. You were wonderful.”

Another wrote: “Outstanding I’m in bits.”

“You are an incredible actor. Always blown away by your dramatic storylines,” commented a third.

Another added: “You were an amazing brand. Obviously a lot of work and research has been done and just wow! Shown very sensitively and the scenes were emotional. Well done to you and the whole team.”

As Marlon frantically searched for the ring, he stopped and realized that half of his face was frozen.

As he frantically searched for the ring, he stopped and realized that half of his face was frozen.

But when Rhona and April realized he wasn’t back, April went to get him.

She found him collapsed on the floor but couldn’t understand what he was trying to say.

She called an ambulance and asked for help, but Marlon couldn’t understand what she was saying.

Arriving at the hospital, Rhona received an update from the doctor: “Marlon has suffered a massive stroke.

“His speech and mobility are severely impaired. He needs surgery to remove the clot blocking the artery to his brain.

“We won’t know how bad it is until after the operation. He’s passed out and unconscious – what he can understand is hard to say.”

Rhona sought him out but was afraid of what she would find – and she promised to marry him and always be there for him.

Viewers were heartbroken by the scene but blown away by the episode.

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One wrote: “Marlon is already such an emotional but incredibly well acted episode, well done to @emmerdale for portraying the signs of a stroke.”

A second said: “Oh my god. It was so traumatic, but the awareness this story will bring is absolutely priceless.”

Marlon Dingle suffered a stroke in Monday's episode

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Marlon Dingle suffered a stroke in Monday’s episodePhoto credit: ITV

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