In Emmerdale, Mandy Dingle will be the guest of honor at her son’s wedding this week, but in real life Mandy wants her own special day to be a lot more subdued
Mandy Dingle will be the VIP guest at her son’s wedding reception in Emmerdale this week.
But unlike the drama that surrounded Vinny and Liv’s secret marriage, actress Lisa Riley wants her own special day to be uncomplicated.
The 45-year-old soap star – who is engaged to her partner Al – is dreaming of a low-key ceremony abroad.
Lisa, 45, said: “Even though I was raised Catholic and my family wants this big traditional wedding, I want it to be very simple and unique.
“Something you just walk away from, do it, say your vows. Paint your own picture, your own fairy tale… that’s what I want to do.” Lisa and US musician Al have been together since 2014, but she rarely shares pictures of her boyfriend and has never revealed his last name.
The couple, who live in Leeds, got engaged in 2018 and already call themselves husband and wife, although they haven’t set a date for their wedding yet.
In 2020, Lisa said, “I wouldn’t rule out at all that we get married next year.”
But she recently admitted that the day she gets married will always be sad because her beloved mother, Cath, will not be there. She died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 58.
Mandy – Lisa’s brash but big-hearted character – has been married and divorced twice on the soap.
She once walked down the aisle in an extravagant leopard print dress and a pink veil, but Lisa plans to wear something more subtle at her own wedding. She said: “There has never been an article [of hers] I would dream of wearing.
“I want something very simple and super feminine – not girly but structured. Something in a caramel cream.”
Viewers are treated to classic wedding drama this week when Mandy plans an over-the-top engagement party for her adopted son Vinny and his partner Liv. But Mandy is heartbroken to learn the couple eloped and secretly married.
While the soap veteran wants her own wedding to be as chilled as possible, Lisa is thriving on the drama surrounding a Dingle wedding in the Dales.
She said: “Whatever the Dingles are celebrating, whether it’s a christening, a wedding or a birthday, there has to be a hiccup or it wouldn’t be the Dingles. It can’t be easy.”
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