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Natalie J Robb - things you didn't know about the Emmerdale star

Natalie J Robb
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Natalie J. Robb attends the British Soap Awards 2018 at Hackney Empire on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

From being Max Branning's mistress on EastEnders to her days as a pop star, there's more to Natalie J Robb than playing Emmerdale's Moira...

Since joining Emmerdale back in 2009 actress Natalie J Robb has become a firm favourite amongst soap fans.

Natalie's character, Moira Dingle has found herself at the centre of some huge storylines over the last 10 year... not to mention some of the steamiest!

Most fans of the actress will know that:

  • She was in daytime soap Doctors for three years.
  • She's also been in The Bill.
  • She is great friends with her co-stars.

But what else do we know about Natalie J Robb? Here are several things you probably don't know...

1. Natalie J Robb was once in a band 

Before finding fame on Emmerdale, Natalie tried her hand at being a pop star with a band called The Kinky People. She also sang I Will Be There by a group called Absolutely, and in 1997 she released a single called Keep Your Love with a dance group called Partizan.

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2. Natalie J Robb has also been in EastEnders 


Before joining Emmerdale, Natalie had a brief stint in rival soap, EastEnders (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

In July 2006 Natalie appeared in EastEnders as Max Branning's mistress Gemma Clewes. But Emmerdale and EastEnders aren't the only soap Natalie has been in. Early in her career Natalie appeared as Trish McDonald in Scottish soap Take the High Road. She won the role in 1990 when she was just 14 years old, and stayed in the drama until 1999.

3. Her career started at a very young age 

Natalie made her screen debut at just nine years old when she appeared in a Scottish television docudrama with actor Tom Conti. By the age of 13 she had won The BBC Young Entertainer of the Year award on Going Live!

4. She found love in lockdown

Liam and Leyla Emmerdale

Natalie is dating her Emmerdale co-star Jonny McPherson (Picture: ITV)

Natalie recently revealed that she has been dating Emmerdale co-star Jonny McPherson since earlier this year, and the pair lived together during lockdown. Natalie revealed on Loose Women how her relationship with Jonny, who plays Emmerdale doctor Liam Cavanagh, began... "Our first date was January, and we went on a few more dates in February, and then in March obviously lockdown happened. We were together when Boris Johnson announced it and the rest is history."

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5. She used her medical knowledge from Doctors to help a pregnant woman

Natalie spent three years playing Doctor Jude Carlyle in BBC One daytime soap Doctors before joining Emmerdale, and it seems some of her character's medical knowledge might have sunk in. She once told the Daily Record that she once helped a heavily pregnant woman who had collapsed at a train station: "Her waters had broken and she was bleeding terribly. She was really panicking about losing the baby, obviously. For some reason, maybe because of Doctors, I was very calm. Afterwards they phoned me to say thank you and tell me they'd called the baby boy Connor.

6. She wants to make a film of her mother's life

Natalie became close to her mother after her parents split when she was 15 years old. Her mum currently lives in Spain, and Natalie has a life-long ambition to make a film telling the story of her mother's life.

7. She loves a practical joke

Emmerdale Malone, Harriet and Moira

Natalie's admitted that she loves playing practical jokes on her co-stars (Picture: ITV)

Natalie has admitted that while her storylines on Emmerdale might be serious, she likes to lighten the mood on set with pranks. She told The Sunday Post: "I'm a massive child. I'm always playing jokes on my co-stars and crew and having a laugh!"

Natalie J Robb's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the actress....

How old is she?

Natalie J Robb's age is 45. She was born on 3rd December 1974.

Is she in a relationship?

Natalie J Robb is dating Emmerdale co-star Johnny McPherson.

Where was she born?

Natalie J Robb was born in Bellshill, Scotland.

How tall is she?

Natalie J Robb is 1.7 metres tall.

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Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.