Name: Faith Dingle
First appeared: 30 November 2000
Spouse: Shadrach Dingle (deceased) Brian Roberts (deceased)
Children: Cain Dingle, Chas Dingle
Grandchildren: Aaron Dingle (Livesey), Debbie Dingle, Kyle Wyatt
Great Grandchildren: Sarah Sugden, Jack Sugden
Lives: Butlers Farm
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Nov 2000: Tells a shocked Zak Dingle that he is Cain’s father
Oct 2004: Arrives in Emmerdale to mark the Dingle’s 10th anniversary in the village. Tries to get to know her granddaughter Debbie but Cain does not let her
Feb 2017: Found hiding in the barn at Wishing Well Cottage and meets her great-granddaughter, Sarah Sugden, who has no idea who she is
Moves to the B&B, but collapses in the bathroom and is found by Doug Potts who calls an ambulance. As she is wheeled to the ambulance, she comes face to face with her children Cain and Chas, who are not pleased to see her
Admits to being Sarah’s benefactor, having donated £20,000 for her Sarah’s cancer treatment
Grandson Aaron’s wedding to Robert Sugden is interrupted by a woman with the police who accuses Faith of murdering her father
Mar 2017: Hosts a psychic night at The Woolpack, panicking Emma Barton who killed her husband James the previous year
After an emotional heart-to-heart with Chas, Faith rejects a hug from her, leaving Chas furious and heartbroken. It is later revealed that Faith has had a double mastectomy after battling breast cancer
In 1987, Sally won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre, for her performance in Dalliance the previous year. Her other stage credits include the 1994 revival of Oliver! at the London Palladium, and Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical, also Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.
She spent several years playing roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the Royal National Theatre, London.
She starred in Bad Girls – the Musical at the Garrick Theatre, London in 2007, and can be heard on its original cast recording along with the London Palladium cast recording for Oliver, and as Madame Giry on the concept cast recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. She took over in the role of Mother Superior in the London Palladium production of Sister Act from September to October 2010.
She co-wrote and created the three-part BBC comedy drama series Sugartown, starring Tom Ellis, Sue Johnston and Miranda Raison in 2011. She was cast as Gertrude opposite Michael Sheen in Ian Rickson’s Young Vic production of Hamlet, previewing in October 2011.
In 2012 Sally starred as Simone in the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!
Her other television credits include A Touch of Frost, Have Your Cake and Eat It, Goodnight Sweetheart, The Bill, Night & Day, Family, Jericho, Dalziel and Pascoe, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Sugar Town, Atlantis, Holby City and Poldark.
In 2017, Sally appeared in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 5.3 “The Eve of St John” as Selina Crow, before joining the Emmerdale cast.