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Shula Hebden Lloyd

Shula may be a pillar of the church, but underneath that sensible jacket beats a passionate and sometimes troubled heart.

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Played by:
Judy Bennett
8 August 1958
Riding stables owner/instructor
Lives and works at:
The Stables

Shula’s first love was horses, but she had plenty of boyfriends, including Nigel Pargetter and Neil Carter, before marrying solicitor Mark Hebden in 1985. Shula found out she was expecting Daniel just after Mark was killed in 1994. Daniel’s Army career now makes her both proud and anxious.

Her second marriage, to vet Alistair Lloyd, was nearly derailed by her affair with Dr Richard Locke. She and Alistair managed to patch things up, and in 2001 Shula bought Christine Barford’s equestrian business.

Richard’s reappearance in Ambridge coincided with a dull patch in Shula’s marriage, but he rebuffed her clumsy advances. When Alistair offered to back her dream to be a joint master of the South Borsetshire Hunt the spark was rekindled and Shula encouraged Alistair to go into partnership with Anisha Jayakody.

Come on, it’s a glorious day for a gallop!
Shula Hebden Lloyd

Key relationships

  • Caroline Sterling (Friend and fellow horsewoman)
  • Alan Franks (Former friend) - They fell out over his marriage to Usha.
  • Usha Franks - Although Shula is now on better terms with Alan, Usha still finds it hard to forgive Shula's attitude to her marriage