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Saturday 4th April 2020

Lisa Riley confirms return to Emmerdale as Mandy Dingle

Lisa originally played Mandy from 1995-2001

Lisa Riley is returning to Emmerdale again, after a triumphant but brief comeback earlier this year.

The 42-year-old star has confirmed she will be back in the Dales to reprise her role as Mandy Dingle in mid-September, alongside her on-screen son Vinny, played by Bradley Johnson.

She wrote on Instagram: "YES YES YES!!! I am seriously overjoyed to FINALLY confirm to you all, I will be returning to @itv @emmerdale it’s 100% THE TRUTH!!! Back on your screens mid-September, Mandy’s back with her son Vinny, she is going to make you laugh, and I'm very sure the writers will be adding some "Mandy Mischief" along the way for good measure. (sic)"

Lisa - who initially starred in the ITV soap from 1995 to 2001 - returned to the show for a brief stint this January, bringing with her teen son, Vinny.

Her ex Paddy suspected Vinny was his son, because they share so many character traits, but Mandy denied it.

Lisa says she is most excited to reunite with her co-stars, and has assured viewers they will not be "let down" by Mandy's return.

I am seriously overjoyed to FINALLY confirm to you all, I will be returning to ITV Emmerdale.

Mandy returned in January with her son Vinny (Credit: ITV)

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She added: "The biggest excitement for me personally is being back with all my old friends, who I love like REAL FAMILY....I want to REALLY thank you ALL for your endless support and gorgeousness regarding my return, I’m very sure you are not going to be let down.

"EXCITING TIMES AHEAD #emmerdale #itv #mandydingle #greatnews #goodnews #happy #excited #confimed #truth (sic)"

Lisa was back in the Dales in January for a brief return, alongside Vinny, and the Three Girls star admitted beforehand she had turned down a lengthier comeback due to other commitments.

Mandy will be back on screens in September (Credit: ITV)

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She said: "The first initial offer was for a long period, but because of work and my commitments, there was an original storyline which has been flipped.

"It won't be what people expect, which is even better. It leaves things very much open for the new year, shall we say.

"I had a secret meeting with the show and I had time to have a think about whether it was the right thing, but it didn't take me a long time once they told me the story."

Emmerdale is on Monday to Friday at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursday on ITV.

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