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Fiona Dolman as Jackie Bradley
Lionel Lambert (father)
Edwina Lambert (mother)
Elizabeth Morton (sister)
Henry Tomkinson (uncle)
Joyce Tomkinson (aunt)
PC Mike Bradley (husband, divorced)
Adrian Miller (affair)
Jacqueline "Jackie" Rosemary Bradley (née Lambert), was played by Fiona Dolman and appeared in 54 episodes from 1998 to 2001.
Jackie was a smart, hard-working and successful solicitor, often acting on behalf of individuals under arrest. She met PC Mike Bradley through her work, and they married, rather in haste. Jackie always seemed slightly ambiguous about the relationship, and she felt "suffocated" in the isolated rural community. Conflicts of interest also arose from her position defending criminals arrested by her husband. She later started an affair with one of her clients, Adrian Miller, whom she had known only a matter of weeks. Following this, she and Mike Bradley divorced and she left the series.
Jackie first appeared in the episode "Where There's a Will" when she arrived to work for her uncle at his firm in the office of Tomkinson and Walker. When an elderly woman, Peggy Tatton was being forced to sell her farm, she sought legal advice from Jackie. Jackie represented her in court after she vandalised the place and even threatened to set fire to the cottage if she couldn't stay there. She and PC Mike Bradley didn't hit it off at first. Eventually after looking into the matter Mike and Jackie realised that the farm wasn't for sale so Peggy was able to move back in after all. In The Angry Brigade, Jackie acted on behalf of Ron and Doreen Tidy when they were accused of vandalism and because of her, they were allowed to go free. Jackie also took part in the protest along with Gina, Maggie and Neil and others to stop Lord Ashfordly closing a footpath. It was in situations like these that often brought Jackie into conflict with Mike and his colleagues such as Sergeant Craddock. Echoes of the Past, saw Mike and Jackie share their first kiss under the mistletoe at a charity dance. Mike also recommended Jackie to defend Gina when she was accused of hiding drugs in her handbag in Friends Like You; at the end of the episode Mike and Jackie seem to get together. In the episode, Manoeuvres in the Dark, Jackie acted as solicitor for General Clifford as well his driving advisor after he accidentally knocked a cyclist off his bike. In Intuition, she represented Tommy Bayne while being asked by the police where he was at the time of his wife Irene's death. In the episode, Negative Vibes, her sister Elizabeth was introduced where Mike thought that Jackie was posing for nude photographs. It turned out it was Elizabeth who was in trouble and Sean Banks, the photographer threatend to publish them in a national newspaper unless she and her sister came up with £1000. But Mike then helped Jackie and Elizabeth to set Banks up and get him arrested. In Stag at Bay, she acted as solicitor for Julia Kendell, who was getting divorced from her husband Frank. She accused him of harassing her - only for Sgt. Craddock to feel that he was innocent. In Weight of Evidence, Jackie and Mike were threatened to be driven apart when a case was thrown out of court when she acted for Ben Ealham. She also acted on behalf of Gary Tyler and was shot in the shoulder after visiting his girlfriend Lyn and warned Lord Ashfordly of the situation if the case ever came to court. In The Good Doctor, Jackie ended up in a car crash with her friend Sue after looking at a house but Sue eventually died from a blood clot on the brain. Jackie helped Roy Brooks get off in court for horse theft, in the episode Desperate Measures Jackie and Mike argued over holiday plans in the episode With This Ring and Mike became upset when Frank McCreedy's wife shot herself over his gambling addict. They eventually made it up. At some point in the tenth series, Jackie hired a secretary called Gwen, who appeared in Still Water. She was one of the few people who did not know that Jackie was having an affair with one of her clients and informed her that Mike had arrived. This was the interruption of a supposed meeting with Adrian Miller and had told Mike that Jackie was having a meeting with him. Jackie then finally confessed the truth to Mike that she'd been having an affair with Adrian. Eventually, Jackie left Aidensfield and she and Mike divorced as a result of her infidelity.
Personality and appearance
Jackie was fiesty, smart, hardworking and intelligent. She was also tough and determined and she seemed keen to let people know that she wasn't along for a free ride - that she wouldn't perhaps stick around long when she first arrived in Aidensfield. Yet she could also be emotional and appeared to be on the verge of tears when she confessed to Mike her affair with Adrian Miller. Jackie also wasn't afraid of standing up in court when defending people and was good at her job. Yet her determination to get people off the hook also brought her into conflict with people like Craddock. The clothes that Jackie wears are typical of the sixties; in Testament she wears a black hat and coat when attending Samuel Hawkins' funeral and again in Smile for the Camera. Jackie was often seen wearing red or pink nail varnish. In Shotgun Wedding, Jackie didn't wear the traditional wedding dress with a veil and instead wore a smart, rounded hat and white shorter dress.
Aidensfield village "bobbies"
PC Mike Bradley
Jackie first met her future husband, PC Mike Bradley in the episode Where There's a Will in which she first arrived in Aidensfield to work for her uncle, Henry Tomkinson at his firm. They didn't hit it off at first but later on they became friendly with each other and fell in love and got married. Mike and Jackie shared their first kiss in Echoes of the Past at a chartity Christmas dance, but finally later appeared to get together in Friends Like You. It was Mike who recommended Jackie to represent Gina in court when she was accused of drugs in her handbag. Their relationship was tested, however, when in Testament her uncle Henry was suspected of knocking a young boy off his bike. This was later seen to be true when Henry finally confessed to his niece and she took him straight to the police. Mike's old friend, Rodney Marshall, had also come back up to try and persuade him to move back up to London and to the Met. At the funeral of Samuel Hawkins they eventually kissed and made up. They married in haste. Mike proposed to Jackie in the episode Honor Among Thieves and the following episode, Shotgun Wedding, showed their wedding but they had to overcome some obstacles along the way. Jackie's aunt, Joyce Tomkinson disapproved of the fact that she was marrying a humble village bobby but Jackie insisted that she was marrying the man she loved. Joyce assumed that Jackie was pregnant and that was the reason she was rushing into marriage so soon, although she denied that she wasn't. Unbeknownst to them, Gina and the rest of the villagers organised a surprise party although she and Mike insisted on having a quiet wedding - as not everyone would approve of the match. Phil was the best man. In the episode, Always a Copper, Mike and Jackie returned from their honeymoon, and she moved into the police house with Mike. Their marriage already came under strain in Negative Vibes, where it appeared that Jackie had gotten involved with a photographer, Sean Banks and was posing for nude photos. However, it turned out that it was Jackie's sister, Elizabeth who was the one in trouble and Banks was threatening to publish them in a national newspaper unless they didn't come up with £1000. Mike later helped Jackie and Elizabeth to set banks up. In Weight of Evidence a case was threatening to drive Mike and Jackie apart when Ben Ealham was accused of raping a girl called Sian, who was supposed to be helping Gina behind the barn at the time and they had a falling out when the case was thrown out of court and Ben was let off - although in spite of these situations they always managed to make up afterwards. In With This Ring, Jackie and Mike fell out again when Mike organised them a holiday but was more concerned about her work. It didn't help that Mike was upset when Frank McCreedy's wife Mary committed suicide due to her husband's gambling. In The Son-In-Law, Jackie's parents, Lionel and Edwina Lambert turned up unexpectedly from South Africa, and paid them a visit but it was obvious they didn't approve of Mike as a suitable choice of husband for Jackie and felt that she could've done better. It was only made worse by the fact that Jackie hadn't told them the whole truth about her marriage and tried offering her a job in Cape Town. In Smile for the Camera, Mike and Jackie began recieving strange phonecalls at all hours and at one point he accused Anthony Smythe of having an affair with Jackie but it turned out to be Martin Padmore - who was the one obsessed with Jackie and had a shrine devoted to her with hundreds of photographs. Jackie's parents turned up again in Home Truths, when she was staying with friends, the Hendersons and they fell out over the fact she was representing Jacob Fairbrother, who ended up being buried under fallen rocks at a quarry owned by Joe Henderson, one of her mother's friends and it was still clear that she wanted her daughter's marriage to fail - or at least that's what Jackie saw as. In The Long Weekend, Mike and Jackie had to deal with Mike's teenage niece, Anne, who arrived to stay for the weekend with her friend Louise and Jackie was keen to make a good impression. In the episode, Killing Me Softly she and Mike discussed the diea of starting a family but Jackie thought that there might be somthing wrong with her health and went to see Dr Tricia Summerbee about the matter. In the episode Unchained Melody, Jackie's friend Caroline arrived to stay with her and Mike for a few days and her baby boy was taken by Lord Ashfordly's sister, Patricia due to the fact that she'd had an abortion. The end of their marriage came about in Still Water, when Jackie confessed to Mike she'd been having an affair with Adrian Miller, whom she helped to find not guilty of indecent assault in Truth Games. This left Mike devastated as she hardly knew Adrian but Jackie confessed that she was in love with Miller. Jackie finally left Mike for good, leaving him a note on the coffee table to find back at the Police House.
PC Alfred "Alf" Ventress
Jackie appeared to be very good friends with Alf and especially now that she appeared to be more settled in. But in Testament, Jackie came into conflict with the police again when she found out they'd been investigating her uncle in a hit and run incident. In Manouvres in the Dark, Mike told Alf to hop it, as the other said that he was very busy and had asked not to be distrubed. Meaning that he was joking. In Shotgun Wedding, Alf attended Jackie and Mike's wedding. In Truth Games, Jackie defended Adrian Miller against the police over a rape incident. They had been married for almost a year or so, before Mike told him that they had split up over his wife's affair with Adrian Miller in Still Water. Alf said that it never rains when it pours. At the same time, Mike had been accused of taking bribes when it looked like things were even more uncertain. Even though she got on better with Alf, she always came into conflict with the police because it came to defending her clients. In Sweet Sixteen, Alf assumed that Mike was burying himself in hi work and that Jackie was not his type of women when it came to carrying around a briefcase.
Philip "Phil" Montgomery Bellamy
Mike and Jackie were very good friends in spite of her coming into conflict with the police over their investigations. PC Mike Bradley and Jackie Lambert later became engaged and Phil became best man at their wedding in Shotgun Wedding. Mike later revealed that he had split up with Jackie in Still Water. In the opening episode of Series Eleven, Mike and Phil tidied up the Police House and particularly it seemed any memories of Jackie.
Sgt. Raymond Craddock
Sgt Raymond Craddock, Ashfordly Police's latest sergeant was probably the person she most came into conflict with especially when she was representing people who had been brought in for questioning. The first time was in Where There's a Will when Peggy Tatton sought legal advice from her. Another was in The Angry Brigade when she managed to let Ron and Doreen Tidy off the hook after they were accused of vandalism. In Testament, they came into conflict again when her uncle, Henry Tomkinson, was a suspect in a hit and run and he actually knocked a young boy off his bike. They also came to blows when she acted as solicitor for Katie Kendell's mother in Stag at Bay. They were also both involved in the case where Adrian Miller was accused of indecent assault by Lisa Preston, and she was called in to represent him. This was in Truth Games. In Still Water, she supported Mike when he was accused of taking bribes. This was the last time they were seen together.
Dr Neil Bolton
Jackie knew Dr Neil Bolton very briefly but he died in a fire sometime after her arrival in the episode Fire and Ashes. Mike said that he'd have to tell her that her husband was dead. Jackie and Neil were both involved in the protest against a popular footpath being closed by Lord Ashfordly. As was his wife Maggie. They were more or less friends as well as work colleagues. In the episode series eight Echoes of the Past, she attended the charity dance along with PC Mike Bradley, Dr Neil Bolton and Nurse Maggie Bolton. In the episode Friends Like You, she invited Maggie along for a drink as she didn't think Neil would want her to sit in the house night after night.
Dr Tricia Summerbee
Jackie first met Tricia in the episode Safe House where she and PC Bradley were asked to house dangerous criminal Barry Ross and the three immediately found themselves in danger. Jackie also showed Tricia round the surgery. They were also involved in the case involving Adrian Miller being accused of assaulting Lisa Preston. This was in Truth Games. After this, Jackie started an affair with him and she left her husband Mike even though she barely knew him. Tricia had come to work at Ashfordly General Hospital before taking over the old Aidensfield surgery. They seemed to get on well in spite of not being seen together often. When Jackie feared that there was something wrong with her health and paid Dr Summerbee a visit, she told her that she was a healthy woman. Later, Mike started going out with Tricia, but she later died after falling off her horse, leaving him heartbroken.
Other medical staff
Nurse Maggie Bolton
Jackie and Maggie first met in series eight. Jackie was very good friends with Maggie who attended her wedding to PC Mike Bradley in Shotgun Wedding. Maggie accidentally let slip to Jackie's aunty Joyce about the wedding that was taking place on Thursday. In the episode Twist of Fate Jackie confirmed that a woman called Mildred had left her everything in her will. In The Angry Brigade, Jackie joined Maggie and Neil Bolton as part of a protest to stop Lord Ashfordly closing a footpath. Neil died in the episode Fire and Ashes. In the episode All the Mind Maggie to confirmed to Mike and Jackie that she was pregnant. In Testament Mike explained to Maggie that they had fallen out due to the fact her uncle was a suspect in a hit and run. Maggie said that he had put her in a difficult position until she realised that Henry was there that evening. In the series nine episode Manoeuvres in the Dark Mike and Jackie were discussing the fact that Maggie had packed things in just like that to look after Sam. Mike and Jackie were round at Maggie's place. In series nine episode Full Circle Maggie and Jackie helped a woman to look for long-lost daughter. In the series ten episode, Child's Play, Mike, Jackie and Maggie and everyone were part of a search for a young boy, Tom. Jackie and Maggie were last seen together in Sylvia's Mother as Maggie left for pastures new. Maggie moved to Whitby to take up a hospital job with baby Sam. She told Jackie and Gina that she'd broken things off with Graham Rysinki.
Aidensfield Arms staff
"Loveable rogue" lineage
Claude Jeremiah Greengrass
Aidensfield Garage staff
Bernard "Bernie" Scripps
Other regular characters
Jackie first met Adrian Miller in the twenty-first episode of series ten, Truth Games, when she was brought in to defend him after he'd been accused of indecent of assault on Lisa Preston at a hotel where he'd been having a meeting. At first, Adrian didn't want a woman solicitor and later as the case progressed, even Jackie began to think that he was guilty. But later, when he was found not guilty, Miller turned on the charm and asked to see Jackie again. At the end of Truth Games, it was clear that Jackie couldn't stop thinking about Adrian. Adrian said that he would like to see her again and their hands nearly touched. Before things could go any further, they were interrupted by Oscar Blaketon. The two later started having an affair with Jackie rushing off to London on business in The Buxton Defence, no doubt to meet Adrian there. This left Mike suspicious when he was unable to contact her. In her last episode, Still Water, Adrian turned up again when Jackie was unsure what to do. Earlier on, Mike and Jackie were at one of the best restraunts in Aidensfield and Mike said that she appeared to be in a different world ever since she got back from London. It looked like Jackie was about to tell him she'd been seeing Adrian when a waiter said that their bill was settled. Mike was left confused and he wasn't happy when it was revealed that Giles Sutton was responsible for it. Jackie revealed that Sutton was also a potential client of her and said that he would bring the practice a lot of business. Jackie later went to the ladies' toilets where she looked at herself in a mirror - probably wondering how on earth she'd got herself into the situation and when she was going to tell her husband she'd been having an affair with someone else. Mike later had problems with his bank account and when it appeared that someone had put some money in it and he suspected Sutton. Later Jackie was on the phone asking what time he would be arriving, saying that she would write it in her diary, and that she was positive and needed to see him, before putting it down in a hurry. When the pair were in Jackie's office together, Adrian asked if there was anything he could do to help to which she replied no. Adrian said that it was her decision - to which Jackie replied that she knew. Jackie's secretary then entered saying that Mike had arrived leaving the two embarrassed. When Mike tried being friendly and asked what it was that brought him back up to Aidensfield, Adrian lied that it was for both business and pleasure. He didn't even tell Mike that he was having an affair with Jackie. He was even seen kissing her goodbye after driving her to the office. Mike arrived asking her who it was and she said that it was Adrian and that he'd brought her lunch. When Jackie finally revealed the truth to Mike, he demanded to know who it was she'd been having an affair with. Jackie replied that it was Adrian; this left Mike devastated especially as she hardly knew him. She explained that she'd fallen in love with him and wanted to be with him; she wished it hadn't happened but it had. Jackie said that she felt suffocated in the isolated rural community of Aidensfield; poor Mike couldn't understand how she could. Arriving at her office, Jackie met up with Sutton one last time who said that he was still interested in doing business with her. Sutton was also angry that Mike didn't keep his nose out of his business. Jackie said that he was bringing a good man down. Sgt Raymond Craddock phoned her to let her know that Mike was off the hook. The final scene saw her packing a few things in her bags before leaving Mike to be with Adrian. Yet there appeared to be a flicker of doubts about what she was doing - almost as if she was having second thoughts. Jackie packed a few things in her bags and finally left Aidensfield for good. She left Mike a note on the coffee table at the Police House, explaining her actions.