Mandy Dingle and Paddy in EmmerdaleLisa Riley has ruled out a return to Emmerdale.

The actress, who played Mandy Dingle between 1995 and 2001, has been rumoured to be returning to the soap following a successful stint on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last year.

“I know there is a rumour going around but, no I’m not,” she told Soaplife,

“It’s really, really flattering that Mandy’s still so popular with the fans and everyone wants her back in Emmerdale, but, you know, for me as an actress I feel that it is a bit ‘been there, done that’.

“I had the best time of my life on the show and I’ll always be very grateful but it’s not going to happen – not this year anyway.”

Emmerdale Mandy and Paddy's WeddingMandy is fondly remembered for her loud and outspoken nature which contrasted with on-screen husband Paddy’s more laidback approach to life.

Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy, previously told Soaplife that a return for Mandy would be “very, very interesting”.

Addressing his comments, Riley said: “I know that Dominic Brunt would love me to go back. We always had this brilliant camaraderie that just worked.

“I’m very busy at the moment though but never say never.”

Riley finished in 5th place in last year’s Strictly.

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