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Cynthia "Cindy" Cunningham (previously Savage, Hutchinson, Longford and Nightingale) is the mother of Holly Cunningham, Hilton Cunningham and Alfie Nightingale. She is also the daughter of Angela and Gordon Cunningham, the sister of Max, Jude and Dawn Cunningham, the half-sister of Tom Cunningham, and the ex-wife of Tony Hutchinson, Alistair Longford, Mac Nightingale and Dirk Savage.



On her sixteenth birthday, Cindy slept with Lee Stanley . She soon discovered that she was pregnant but hid the pregnancy due to her sister, Dawn's leukemia diagnosis. She gave birth in secret and abandoned her daughter whom she named Holly. However, her father, Gordon found out and brought Holly back home. Shortly after Holly's birth, Cindy was devastated to discover that Dawn had died.

Following Holly's birth, Cindy began to suffer from post-natal depression. In her depression, Cindy attempted to suffocate Holly, but Jude managed to stop her, and Cindy soon grew to love Holly.

Relationship with Sean TateEdit

In 1999, Cindy met local decorator Sean Tate, and began a relationship with him. However, unaware to Cindy, Sean began mistreating Holly. Sean was caught by Cindy's brother, Max, locking Holly in a fridge. When Holly was burnt by a firework, social services got involved. Desperate not to lose Holly, Cindy took Holly and tried to flee to Tenerife, where Sean had found a job. Holly was stopped as she had no passport, so Sean dumped Cindy and left. Cindy returned to the village with Holly.

Hit-and-run & DepartureEdit

Cindy started a new business venture, laundromat Steam Team and she fell in love with Ben Davies. Cindy and Ben's relationship struggled after she cheated on him with both Dan Hunter and Sam O'Brien. After beginning work at The Loft, Cindy left Holly asleep in the cloak room, where she found and swallowed an ecstasy tablet. After Holly was rushed to hospital, Cindy realised the social services will soon be involved. Cindy then decided to flee the country to avoid having Holly taken from her, but she ended up running over Anna Green in her car. She leaves Anna lying on the road and left for Spain.

Scamming Max & O.B.Edit

Cindy returned from Spain in May 2002 with Holly, due to financial problems. She kept her reasons for returning secret, and started to scam Max and O.B. Cindy also ignited an affair with Scott Anderson, who was cheating on his girlfriend, Steph Dean. In July 2002, after emptying Max & O.B.'s bank accounts, Cindy left for Spain. Upon her return to Spain, Cindy started working as a pole dancer and befriended co-worker Savannah Madeiros.

Return & DepartureEdit

In February 2004, Cindy returned to the village for her father, Gordon's funeral. Cindy gave Max and O.B. the money that she stole from them, which saves their business. However, Cindy returns to Spain, vowing to never return to the village. Back in Spain, Savannah begins to use Holly to smuggle drugs and scams Cindy. Cindy then starts a relationship with a wealthy man, Philip. Philip became violent towards Cindy so she left him, taking his money and leaving Spain.

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Introduction shotsEdit

  • 2011-2014: Cindy fans herself as a staircase builds up behind her.
  • 2014-2016: She throws butterflies into the screen and then smiles.
  • 2016: Cindy stands of the balcony and lets go of red balloons. (Jude added next to her upon her return.)

See alsoEdit


  • Cindy gives birth to Holly.
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