Lorraine: Sally Dexter discusses Faith Dingle’s health
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Emmerdale’s Faith Dingle (played by Sally Dexter) is trying to gain the trust back from her family, as well as support Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele) and hide the pain she is suffering from what could be cancer. In scenes set to air this evening, the fan-favourite bonds with Liv and carefully approaches her issue with alcohol. But several times during the scenes, Faith doubles over and winces in agony with Liv noticing. Could she be the one to help Faith face up to facts, that cancer might have returned? As for where the storyline is going to go, the actress spoke out about other work possibilities besides the soap, perhaps Faith won’t survive cancer this time around…
It has been five years since Faith’s double mastectomy, but something isn’t right with her body.
Sitting in Mill Cottage opposite Liv, she reminisced about a girl’s holiday before getting up to make a cup of tea and experiencing sharp abdominal pain.
“I’ve never been on a girls holiday,” Liv admitted and Faith replied: “You don’t know what you’re missing, although I can hardly remember very much of it myself, I think I was in a gin coma for most of the week.
“I was told afterwards what a good time I’d had. It’s funny isn’t it, that stuff, how it [alcohol] can help things along.
“It makes you laugh louder and party harder, no wonder we love it so much. It’s only if it gets out of hand you’ve got to worry.”
“It’s not out of hand,” Liv said. “I’m not as bad as people make out you know?”
“I know, that’s what I used to say when I couldn’t remember. I’ll put the kettle on again…ugh,” Faith muttered.
“You alright?” Liv asked and she replied: “Fine. It’s just an old war wound.”
After convincing Liv to get in the shower, she returned freshened up and spotted Faith wincing once again: “You alright? Look like you’re in pain,” Liv asked.
Despite Faith dismissing her questioning, Liv probed: “Come on, you helped me, maybe I can help you for once? What’s wrong.”
“I think you’ve got enough worries of your own without me bothering you with mine,” Faith argued.
“Nothing for you to worry about. There’s not a lot I can do, I just didn’t sleep very well last night and I’ve got a few aches and pains which you’ve got to expect at my age.”
Liv then suggested a drink for them both just as Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) and Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) walked through the front door.
Having spotted Faith in pain twice now, will Liv be the one to suggest a health check-up? It could be a great way for Faith to strike a deal with Liv over her alcoholism.
In upcoming scenes, Faith will eventually see Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarker) for a check-up and she advises Faith to undergo some tests.
But what will the results be? Could this be the moment Faith realises she is going to die and exit the soap?
It comes after the actress who plays Faith joined Lorraine Kelly on her self-titled show this morning to discuss her storyline.
The presenter asked: “Why do you think she is so determined to keep this a secret from the family, the fact that she is so ill?”
“Number one, she doesn’t want it to be true and number two, she thinks it will worry them, they won’t be able to do anything,” Sally explained. “Until she knows exactly what’s happening, I think she just wants to keep it to herself and pretend it’s not happening.”
“She’s had a very interesting life; the Dingle’s are unconventional, but you must love playing her?” Lorraine wondered.
“She cheers me up even at my darkest hours,” the actress commented. “I look at a Faith script and she just cheers me up and that’s what I hope gets past onto the audience as well.”
Lorraine asked: “Now look, you’ve won so many awards, you’ve had an Olivier Award, you’ve been in so many West End shows, is that something you’d like to do again if you’re maybe allowed to take a little break from Emmerdale?”
And Sally replied: “Listen, Lorraine, I’m up for grabs, I’m up for anything, I’m ready to go, rock and roll!”
If the actress is open to other work opportunities, does this mean she will be absent from the soap again sometime in the future, or even be killed off?
Emmerdale is available to watch on the ITV Hub now or tonight at 7pm on ITV.
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