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Sheila Mercier as Annie Sugden in 2009.

Sheila Mercier (née Rix) was an English actress who played the role of matriarch Annie Sugden in Emmerdale from 1972 to 1994, followed by guest stints in 1995, 1996 and 2009.


Born on 1st January 1919 in Kingston upon Hull, England.

Died on 4th December 2019 in Kent, England.

Pre Emmerdale career[]

Sheila Betty Rix was born on the 1st January 1919 in Hull, Yorkshire. Her paternal grandfather came from Norfolk originally. Her dad was a ship builder. Sheila had a brother Brian Rix (1924–2016).

Emmerdale (1972-1994, 1995, 1996, 2009)[]

Personal life[]

Sheila married Peter Mercier in 1951 and they had a son Nigel. Peter died in 1993. Sheila lived in retirement in Kent once she left Emmerdale as a regular in 1995. Sheila came out of retirement to play Annie again in 1996 and 2009.

As of 2019, Sheila is 100 years old.

On 13th December 2019, fellow former Emmerdale actor Frederick Pyne announced that Sheila Mercier died peacefully in her sleep aged 100.