Emmerdale Hazel stars life – rival soap role, faith and Game of Thrones fame

Emmerdale’s Hazel is back in the village and sure that her son-in-law Jamie Tate attacked her – leaving his mum Kim in bits.

Kim was still under the impression that Jamie was dead after he faked his death to get back at her, and distraught when her granddaughter Millie was taken away from her.

But now Hazel and Millie are back, which means the return of actress Kate Anthony.

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From finding fame in rival soap Coronation Street to her Jewish lifestyle and marriage to her famous husband, we take a deep dive into her life away from the ITV Dales.

Rival soap fame

Before finding fame as Hazel in Emmerdale, Kate was best known for playing Pam Hobsworth in Coronation Street – starring in 128 episodes total, including the iconic tram crash.

Pam was the dodgy aunt of Molly Dobbs, best known for her money-making scams and was left devastated by her niece’s death in the tram crash.

She also disapproved of Molly’s affair with Kevin Webster, after finding out her beau Bill’s son was doing the dirty on Tyrone.

In her long career, Kate has also appeared in soaps including Heartbeat, Casualty and Doctors.

Sweet family and famous hubby

Kate married her husband, Newcastle-born Gary Barak in 1986.

Gary is the founder of Chicane, a PR and marketing firm in the motor sports sector – and his dad Philip held the title of oldest competitive racing driver in the UK.

He was still racing at the age of 76.

The pair share two children together, Nathan and Lola.

Game of Thrones fame

Along with stints in everything from Casualty to Shakespeare plays, Kate made a name for herself in HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones, alongside Richard E. Grant.

She was cast as a Bravossi woman in the show, and admitted the secrecy of filming was “hilarious”.

The star confessed: “I went to the audition and immediately had to sign three pieces of paper saying I wouldn't disclose anything about the audition. Nor would they tell me anything about the character and I read from a script that had already aired.”

Once she got the role, Kate confessed that she had to be emailed through a special account which required a code to access, and once emails were downloaded they were immediately deleted from the system.

She continued: “They sent scripts with only my scenes, nothing about my character or other scenes. I had no idea what she was in relation to anyone else.

“They flew me out to Girona for filming, I was in a hotel with only actors involved in my scenes. To be honest I had no idea what was going on."

In a hilarious chat with her co-star Richard, he was apparently equally confused, with Kate laughing: “He said 'I've no idea darling. Say the words and accept the pay cheque’.”

Jewish lifestyle

In her real life, Kate is Jewish, which means she can’t book work in for events like Yom Kippur.

Speaking about her faith, the star admitted to TheJC.com: “I keep kosher at home and stick to it when I am travelling.

“Obviously I don't get to go to shul on Shabbat often as I'm usually doing two shows a day. But my agent knows to not book things in for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.”

Her son Nathan had his bar-mitzvah in 2017, with Kate remaining a devout member of the Ealing United Hebrew Congregation.

Emmerdale airs weeknights from 7:30pm on ITV

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