Lisa Dingle (played by Jane Cox) left ITV viewers in tears earlier this year when she returned to Emmerdale to tell Charity (Emma Atkins) she was dying. Lisa hasn’t appeared on-screen for almost a year but her terminal diagnosis has left viewers wondering if she’s going to die. With Lisa set to return to the village on Monday, May 13, here’s all we know about Lisa’s illness and whether or not actor Jane Cox will be leaving because of it.
Is Lisa Dingle going to die in Emmerdale?
Lisa Dingle revealed to her niece Charity Dingle she was suffering from a terminal heart condition back in March.
Emmerdale viewers witnessed the character, who’s been on the soap for over 20 years, ask her niece to prepare a eulogy for her funeral.
Actor Jane Cox has revealed that her character will die as a result of her devastating diagnosis in a press release from ITV.
Cox said: “Lisa is so close to my heart as she’s been such a huge part of my life for more than 23 years.
“So I know I will shed more than a few tears when it comes to filming her final scenes.”
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The Lisa Dingle actor continued: “But I’m really looking forward to my return to the show to tell this story and to give the character of Lisa a deserving farewell.”
“I will miss her,” Cox said, confirming her character’s exit.
The specifics of Lisa’s illness haven’t been revealed, only that it is a terminal heart condition.
Lisa did tell Charity she had undergone “some sort of chemo” for her diagnosis.
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She told Charity: “They give you some sort of chemo, I’ve had that for months – it hasn’t worked.”
When Lisa will say goodbye to the soap isn’t yet known either, although the character did say doctors told her she had “a while”.
Lisa will return in May 2019, however, but for how long for remains shrouded in mystery.
In March, Lisa said: “It’s a bit like how long’s a piece of string but the doctors say I’ve got a while yet.”
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When Charity asked her how long “a while” was, Lisa responded: “They’re not allowed to say, are they?”
Cox’s character will return to the village with husband Zak (Steve Halliwell) in the coming weeks to say farewell to the other characters in the ITV soap.
As of yet, Charity and Zak are the only members of the Dingle family aware of her illness.
That will all change when she reveals all to the rest of the family on Monday, May 13.
Lisa’s return to Emmerdale is just one of many hard-hitting storylines currently playing out on the ITV soap.
Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins) was raped by Lee (Kris Mochrie) after a night out last month.
Elsewhere, Billy Flecther (Jay Kontzle) will be trying to avoid his past catching up with him in the form of Max (Jordan Reece) and Riley’s brothers.
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Who plays Lisa Dingle on Emmerdale?
Lisa has been played by actor Cox, 66, since 1996.
Her portrayal of Lisa led to the actor receiving a British Soap Award nomination for Best Actress in 2011.
Away from Emmerdale, Cox has also appeared in episodes of Coronation Street and crime drama The Bill.
Emmerdale continues on weeknights at 7pm on ITV.
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