Emmerdale viewers shocked as Eric and Brenda flout social distancing rules and kiss on screen

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Emmerdale viewers were left in shock as Eric and Brenda kissed on screen on Monday night’s episode.

Eric Pollard and Brenda Walker were seen kissing on the ITV soap, leaving viewers very surprised amid the social distancing guidelines taking place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewers wondered why the two characters could kiss, while other characters on the soap have to stay two metres apart.

Taking to Twitter one fan wrote: "My head was just screaming 'social distance'."

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Another person wrote: "What? What? How come those two can have physical interaction yet everyone else can't? Are they living together in real life?"

A third fan said: "Wow Eric and Brenda actually kissed, no camera trickery, a proper kiss."

And a fourth viewer asked: "Is Eric and her married in real life?"

However, Chris Chittell, who plays Eric and Brenda actress Lesley Dunlop are indeed married in real life so their kiss was not breaking any distancing guidelines.

Some clued-up Emmerdale fans already knew that the soap actors are married in real life and took to Twitter to defend the smooch.

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On person wrote: "Before all the trolls come out to play Eric and Brenda are married in real life."

A second said: "Oh yes, Eric Pollard and his Mrs are together in real life, aren't they?"

Chris is the soap’s longest-serving actor having played the part of Eric since 1986.


Chris and Lesley wed on 18 June 2016 after they started dating in 2008 shortly after she joined the soap.

The happy couple then announced their engagement in 2015.

They married in an intimate ceremony in 2016, in the coastal village of Coverack in Cornwall, at St Peter’s Church.

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