Kris Yates


Episode 5.13 – 6.12


Life for Murder


Kris was convicted of murdering her abusive father by stabbing him in the heart while he slept – Kris took the rap to protect her younger sister, Milly.


The second youngest of four daughters, she was a total Daddy’s girl and always took his side over her mother’s. Because of this, Kris and her mother have a strained relationship – and her mother couldn’t forgive Kris for her abusive husband. Kris soon turned against her father when Milly started getting the same abuse her mother was.

A former taxi driver in a long-term relationship with Selena Geeson, Kris got a shock when Selena turned up in Larkhall as an officer. Kris is street-smart and charismatic, confident and out-and-proud about her sexuality. Working-class and independent, her upbringing helped to make her incredibly sharp and observant, as well as an excellent judge of character.

However, she finds self-scrutiny hard and emotional attachments difficult to form – she wants to rely on no-one but herself, incredibly skeptical of other people’s needs and demands. Arriving in Larkhall determined to earn herself a reputation as someone not to be messed with, she immediately impresses the inmates and puts Sylvia and Jim’s nose out of joint – especially as their authority makes little impression on her.

Kris kept the truth about her father’s murder a secret – and when Selena discovered the truth, she was determined to get Kris free – but it unfortunately lead to Milly’s suicide. Her relationship with Selena crumbled soon after, although they soon made up – after escaping from a prison van, she took to protesting her innocence in a very public protest – and Selena soon joined her.

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