Former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley has told how one of her co-stars on the rural saga destroyed her credit card to help curb her spending.
The Mandy Dingle actress made the comments after teenage lottery winner Jane Park joined the Loose Women panel on Wednesday (15 February) to talk about how her £1m win hadn’t been a bed of roses.
“I can relate to your story so much. I didn’t become a millionaire but going into a soap at 17 years old, you know… money… I had advice, which was fantastic, from a lot of people within the show, and obviously ITV were brilliant.
“But mainly, Steve Halliwell who played my uncle Zak – because I was literally going into all these designer shops, you know, Dior and everything, and I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. I had all these designer handbags and I felt great.
“But I needed someone to say, ‘Whoa, stop spending’, and Steve literally said, ‘Give me your purse’ and he got my credit card and he chopped it in two and said, ‘One day you’ll thank me for this’.” – Lisa Riley
Park, who at 17 became Britain’s youngest Euromillions winner, used her appearance on the daytime show to deny that she plans to sue Camelot following her claims that the win made her life ten times worse.
“I was just wanting to seek legal advice just to get my point across, get it out there.
“But because it has gone so far already, I won’t even have to go any further, I feel like I have been listened to now and people are actually listening to the difficulties.” – Jane Park
Riley, who made it to the semi-finals of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, has also appeared in dramas The Bill, Waterloo Road and Fat Friends. She last appeared in Emmerdale fifteen years ago, having joined the dales saga in 1995.