Sheila with the other Harveys back in the day.
Sheila, played by Sonia Fox back in the early-to-mid 1970s, would probably feature much higher in my 50th anniversary favourites list had she been around for longer. There was just something about the character I particularly liked, something indefinable which placed her above many other King's Oak residents in my affections. Some performers simply have the ability to make their characters believable and invest them with a likeable warmth, and Sonia Fox certainly did that with Sheila.
Sheila was the daughter of pigeon fancier Wilf Harvey, the unlikely father-in-law of Jill Richardson. She was once an elocutionist, and later worked as a hairdresser. The character caused Crossroads viewers much angst back in the day by getting pregnant out of wedlock and having her baby delivered at the motel by Meg Richardson.
Sheila gave her baby to sister-in-law Jill to bring up. Later, she married the baby's father, Roy Mollison, took the baby back, and the family soon faded from the King's Oak scene. Where did they go? I can't remember, but Sheila remains a fond memory from Crossroads way back then.
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