Emmerdale star Sally Dexter breaks silence on Faith Dingle exit story

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Emmerdale star Sally Dexter has broken her silence on Faith Dingle’s exit story.

Dexter's character Faith is terminally ill and in upcoming scenes, we will see her decide to end her own life.

Now, Sally has revealed her thoughts on Faith’s exit story.

“Faith is a great lover of life. Before taking her leave of it, she wants to celebrate it with all the people she loves and she decides that replicating a truly happy holiday at the seaside when Cain and Chas were children would be the perfect way to do it!

"But Faith has another fall and ‘the children’ realise she’s too weak to travel. So with typical Dingle ingenuity, they decide to bring the seaside to her!” she said.

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"We filmed this over a few days up at the Dingle Homestead, on a week we were told was about to turn cold and rainy. The brilliant costume team were ready with the thermals and the hand warmers.

"The fabulous Cheryl and her make up team were poised with powder and hairspray to keep us in shape,” Sally continued.

"Then the sun came out and the whole thing sprang into joyous life. We all knew we’d be emptying sand out of our shoes for the next week or so, but it didn’t stop us having a ball. We really enjoyed ourselves!

"This is the scene where Faith realised she couldn’t be happier – and she determines to carry out her plan the very next day. To go out on a ‘high’!

"I found it really quite poignant to film, I knew it meant Faith's time in Emmerdale was up, and so was mine…

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“I have enjoyed being back. I will miss the laughter, the fabulous Yorkshire countryside and the skill, talent and dedication of the whole team of people I respect, admire and have huge affection for.

"I’m hugely sad that Faith can’t return. If you spot me on the street you might recognise me wearing a few items!” she said.

"I always knew Faith was coming back to die. My idea was to have her save Cain and Chas from some sort of attack in the Woolie - say from a bullet or a knife aimed at her children from a crazed intruder!

"I could picture her sliding down the side of the bar, with Cain and Chas declaring her a heroine! But the story Jane (Hudson, executive producer) and the team wanted was a far more important and difficult one to tell. I only hope we have done as much justice as we could.

"This subject has caused a lot of debate and so it should. The research team have dug deep for us throughout this whole storyline.

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"For the final part of Faith’s storyline we had advice from an organisation called Dignity in Dying, including Steve Jetley and his own experience with his wife Tina, a story we were all extremely moved by.

"We were all in great awe of the work done by all organisations and charities used for this storyline,” she added.

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV, and streams on the ITV Hub.

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