A list of all character deaths that have featured in Emmerdale's storylines, totalling to 159 deaths. These range from murder to manslaughter, crashes to hit-and-runs, disasters and suicides. The deaths listed include regular and guest characters, as well as characters that have been mentioned to have died some point post-October 1972. For example, Frank Tate's wife Jean Tate Sr. was mentioned at times between 1989 and 1997, but not seen, and died in 1984.
A regular character is usually killed off if the actor has passed away in real life, whilst their character is still appearing on-screen. For example, Arthur Pentelow passed away in August 1991, and his character Henry Wilks was killed off in October 1991. Sometimes, a character isn't killed off even if the actor playing them has died in real life. For example, Ronald Magill died in 2007, but his character Amos Brearly hasn't been worded dead.
Emmerdale has been noted for its frequent and dramatic deaths. A plane crash in 1993 that killed all the seven passengers and four characters was watched by 17 million viewers, and doubled subsequent ratings. There were a total of 11 deaths in the Plane Crash, however only characters that have been named appear on the list and count towards the total.