Long-standing Emmerdale character diagnosed with Parkinson's in the show’s storyline

Emmerdale's Eric Pollard has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s as part of the show’s storyline. We’re advising the ITV team on representing the condition accurately.

Eric Pollard is played by Emmerdale's longest serving cast member, Chris Chittell. The character has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Portraying Parkinson’s accurately

We are working closely with Emmerdale’s production team to make sure that their portrayal of Parkinson's is as realistic as possible.

We are being supported by Professor of Nursing and member of the Parkinson’s Excellence Network, Annette Hand.

Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK, Caroline Rassell said:

“Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world but is still misunderstood by many. A diagnosis can be a blow, forcing people to confront a future different from the one they had imagined. 

"We hope that Eric's storyline will increase awareness and understanding of a condition that around 153,000 people in the UK live with, and encourage discussions about the impact it has on those living with Parkinson's and their loved ones.

“There are over 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s and everyone's experience of the condition is different. For some, the condition takes years to progress to a point where it has a big impact on daily life, while for others, this can happen more rapidly. 

"It's a privilege to be assisting the Emmerdale team in portraying Eric’s journey, and Parkinson's UK is here to support anyone affected by the condition through our helpline, local groups and website."

Emmerdale is available to view on the ITV Hub.