Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Lisa Riley

From the streets of Emmerdale to the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor...

Name: Lisa Riley


Age: 36

Twitter: @Reallisariley

Famous for: Playing Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale, presenting funny clips on the telly

Bio: 36-year-old Lisa is best known for her role as Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale. She played the feisty and promiscuous bar maid – who famously married her cousin before giving birth to Paddy the vet’s baby in an explosive Christmas special – for six and a half years before leaving the soap in 2001. 

Lisa then went on to present You’ve Been Framed before taking up roles in Fat Friends, The Bill, Holby City and Waterloo Road. 

She’s also a familiar face on the stage. She’s acted in The Vagina Monologues, The Naked Truth and Calender Girls. And you might have stumbled across her in a festive panto – she’s a serial pantomime performer, having acted in over fourteen in her time…

See Lisa playing Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale…

In Calender Girls…


And in Fat Friends with Alison Steadman, Ruth Jones and James Cordon.