Beating the longest running male to the 21st position is the longest running female – Emily Bishop. First appearing in 1961, we’ve seen Emily go from a young lady to an octogenarian. After jilting Leonard Swindley in 1964, she met and married Ernest Bishop in 1972. Their marriage was the most secure in the soap, but fate got in the way when Ernest was shot dead in a wages snatch in 1978. By 1980, Emily was married again – to Arnold Swain. He turned out to be a bigamist. Emily, or Miss Nugent as she was called during the sixties, has given a home to many street residents that have included Deirdre Langton, Norman Watts and Kevin Webster. Although referred as a serious character, Emily has shared comic scenes with long running lodgers Percy Sugden (1988-1997) and Norris Cole (1999-present). A staunch Christian, Emily became a victim to serial killer Richard Hillman in 2002 and 2003, but luckily escaped his evil clutches. During her tenure, Emily has had many jobs that have included shop assistant, hospital volunteer, café manageress and wages clerk.