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Emmerdale's Faith Dingle is told her breast cancer has returned


Heartbreaking scenes are ahead for Emmerdale viewers as lovable Dingle matriarch Faith, played by Sally Dexter, is set to be told that her breast cancer has returned.

In episodes due to air later this week on ITV, Faith will be given the devastating diagnosis from her doctors. 

Not only will she have to deal with the consequences of secondary cancer, but tensions remain high with her children, Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Cain (Jeff Hordley), whom she’s unable to get support from after the news. 

Sad: Heartbreaking scenes are ahead for Emmerdale viewers as lovable Dingle matriarch Faith, played by Sally Dexter, is set to be told that her breast cancer has returned

Sad: Heartbreaking scenes are ahead for Emmerdale viewers as lovable Dingle matriarch Faith, played by Sally Dexter, is set to be told that her breast cancer has returned

With nowhere to turn, Faith will lean on Moira, (Natalie J Robb), for the guidance she so desperately needs. 

Moira urges Faith to tell the rest of the family, but she is adamant that she wants to mend her relationships first.

The episodes have been produced with the support of the charity Breast Cancer Now who are working closely with the Emmerdale production team on Faith’s secondary cancer storyline to give it a realistic and authentic depiction.

Catherine Priestley, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Now, said: ‘With it estimated that around 35,000 people are living with secondary breast cancer in the UK, it’s been an incredibly important opportunity for us to provide expert guidance around Faith’s storyline.

Tough: Not only will she have to deal with the consequences of secondary cancer, but tensions remain high with her children, Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Cain (Jeff Hordley),- left - whom she's unable to get support from after the news

Tough: Not only will she have to deal with the consequences of secondary cancer, but tensions remain high with her children, Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Cain (Jeff Hordley),- left – whom she’s unable to get support from after the news

‘We have giving a steer to script writers as to how her diagnosis and experience of the disease can be portrayed accurately and raising awareness of some of the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer among millions of Emmerdale fans.

‘Everyone’s experience of breast cancer is different, but we know from calls to our Helpline just how anxious women may feel about the possibility of their cancer returning, and how overwhelming the impact of a secondary breast cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their families.’

Actress Sally, 62, added: ‘It’s upsetting, but really important as a storyline, because it’s more than a storyline for so many people. It matters to people who are going through it as well as people who will go through it. 

‘I feel a sense of real responsibility, but also a privilege to be doing this storyline.’

Illness: In episodes due to air later this week on ITV, Faith will be given the devastating diagnosis from her doctors

Illness: In episodes due to air later this week on ITV, Faith will be given the devastating diagnosis from her doctors

Emmerdale Producer, Laura Shaw, commented: ‘Faith’s devastating cancer diagnosis will impact not only her life, but all those around her. We know at the very core of the Dingles is a strong sense of family and love, so for them to try and navigate through this heartbreaking time will be incredibly difficult.’

Laura continued: ‘Faith’s zest for life with her spicy sense of humour and appetite for fun and adventure means that while there will inevitably be some painful and heart wrenching moments, we will also see life affirming and positive moments of light in the story too. 

‘Given the calibre of actor Sally is, I know she will approach the story with great honesty and depth and do it justice and this in turn will raise awareness of such an important issue that affects many people on a daily basis.’

Faith first revealed her cancer diagnosis in 2018 on the show and afterwards Sally recalled the ‘extraordinary’ experience of meeting breast cancer survivor Brigitte Cole, who acted as her body double during the emotional storyline.

The star told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on an episode of This Morning that she was inspired by Brigitte who battled the disease, as she prepared to bare all in The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night.

Fans saw Faith hiding a dark secret upon her return to the Emmerdale village the year before, eventually unveiling her mastectomy scars after a row with daughter Chas.

Talking about the tear-jerking scenes, Sally said that writers took inspiration from Brigitte who acted as a body double, changing the scene to accurately portray how someone with a mastectomy would view their scars.

She said: ‘The woman whose chest you saw on the show. She’s had a double mastectomy, and she stood in for me when we did it.  

Raising awareness: After her original cancer storyline aired Sally took part in The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night to raise money for breast cancer charities

Raising awareness: After her original cancer storyline aired Sally took part in The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night to raise money for breast cancer charities 

‘An extraordinary lady to meet – savvy, sassy, funny lady. One of the first things she did was ask me if I wanted to see a photo of a mastectomy. Next thing she’d ripped her jumper off! More surprised by what she did, than what I saw. They were evidence that she’d come through it.’

The soap star added: ‘I remember looking at the script initially and they had it the other way round – that I was upset about a row with my daughter, took my bra off, and burst into tears seeing myself. 

‘But having met Brigitte, I thought we can’t do that. It’s evidence of her survival. So that last look we did was to say, ‘We’ve come through this, we’ll come through everything,’ (she cries first, then removes her bra and stops crying looking in the mirror).’

Sally also revealed that working on the storyline inspired her to go and have her first mammogram, saying: ‘I thought it was going to be painful and humiliating and horrible, but it was none of those things.’ 

Important: Faith first revealed her cancer diagnosis in 2018 on the show and afterwards Sally recalled the 'extraordinary' experience of meeting breast cancer survivor Brigitte Cole, who acted as her body double during the emotional storyline

Important: Faith first revealed her cancer diagnosis in 2018 on the show and afterwards Sally recalled the ‘extraordinary’ experience of meeting breast cancer survivor Brigitte Cole, who acted as her body double during the emotional storyline

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