Emmerdale's Lisa Riley shares reason she won't marry fiancé

Emmerdale star Lisa Riley has been engaged to her partner Al for four years now, but has explained that she won't ever tie the knot with him.

Speaking to The Mirror, the Mandy Dingle actress talked about how her mother passed away a decade ago and Al's mum recently passed away too, and that's influenced their decision not to wed.

"We don't want to change anything," she said. "Both of us talk about it all the time and feel as long as we're happy we don't need rings on our fingers.

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"We've lost both our mums. And when it comes to things like weddings, you do it for the other people. I'm never going to change my name, so really, what would be different? And I wouldn't be able to wear a wedding band very much because I've always got Mandy's jewellery on.

"Plus, I've always said I'm not the kind of girl who wants a big flouncy day with a horse and carriage."

The death of Al's mother – nicknamed 'Nana' – was difficult for Lisa, but she explained that the soap was particularly supportive, even though she now feels she returned to work too soon.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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"They knew that I went through personal trauma seeing somebody I loved like a mother going through a hell of a lot with her treatment," she explained. "Being me, I came back to work four days between her passing and the funeral, and I shouldn't have. I would go to do a take and everybody could see I'd been crying.

"Playing Mandy is so full on, I can't be upset doing it. So after the funeral the executives gave me the time off. It wasn't just a case of what I'm going through but I had to be there for Al as well, as he needed my support."

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

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If you identify with the themes in this article, the NHS has resources available to help with grief counselling and other support in the UK. In the US, the CDC also has resources available for those grieving.

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