Lisa Riley confirms she’s returning to Emmerdale as Mandy Dingle after 17 years

Lisa Riley is set to make a dramatic comeback to Emmerdale’s as Mandy Dingle this autumn.

Emmerdale fans will be excited to know that 42-year-old Lisa is returning the ITV soap in September, and unlike her brief appearance on the show earlier this year – reports suggest she’ll be reprising her role as Mandy on an ongoing basis.

As Emmerdale’s press day, a spokesperson for Emmerdale said: ‘We are very excited about this. Mandy Dingle and her son Vinny are coming back to the village and they are coming back with scandal and everything going on. It’s going to be very fun and colourful as she makes herself at home in the Dingle household.’

Lisa has since confirmed the news via Instagram sharing a fuzzy throwback photo of her time playing Mandy outside ‘Dingles Bar’.

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YES YES YES!!! 😊😊😊I am seriously overjoyed to FINALLY confirm to you all, I will be returning to @itv @emmerdale it’s 100% THE TRUTH!!! Back on your screens mid September, Mandy’s back with her son Vinny, she is going to make you laugh, and I’m very sure the writers will be adding some “Mandy Mischief” along the way for good measure. The biggest excitement for me personally is being back with all my old friends, who I love like REAL FAMILY….💛💛💛I want to REALLY thank you ALL for you endless support and gorgeousness regarding my return, I’m very you are not going to be let down. EXCITING TIMES AHEAD😘💛😘#emmerdale #itv #mandydingle #greatnews #goodnews #happy #excited #confimed #truth 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Alongside the snap she wrote: ‘YES YES YES!!! 😊😊😊I am seriously overjoyed to FINALLY confirm to you all, I will be returning to @itv @emmerdale it’s 100% THE TRUTH!!!

‘Back on your screens mid September, Mandy’s back with her son Vinny, she is going to make you laugh, and I’m very sure the writers will be adding some “Mandy Mischief” along the way for good measure.

‘ The biggest excitement for me personally is being back with all my old friends, who I love like REAL FAMILY….💛💛💛I want to REALLY thank you ALL for you endless support and gorgeousness regarding my return, I’m very you are not going to be let down. EXCITING TIMES AHEAD😘💛😘#emmerdale #itv #mandydingle #greatnews #goodnews #happy #excited #confimed #truth 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.’

Fans and friends soon flooded Lisa’s post to show their excitement for her return.

One wrote: ‘Can’t wait!!!! 😂😍❤️Mandy is what emmerdale needs! So pleased 😁 xxx.’

Another added: ‘Awwww well done Lisa, look forward to your return x👏.’

This isn’t the first time Mandy Dingle and son Vinny make a comeback to the soap.

In January this year, a whole 17 years after Lisa left Emmerdale, she made a brief return to the Dale village to drop the bombshell that Bear Wolf was her ex-husband Paddy Dingle’s biological father.

As she returns to The Dales  in September viwers will see Lisa’s incredible weight loss, as the actress impressively dropped from a UK size 30 to a size 14 in just a year.

Lisa Riley shares her secret diet tips that helped her lose 12 stone in her book, Lisa Riley’s Honesty Diet. 

Lisa recently surprised fans again with her weight loss after sharing a picture of herself on a cruise ship where she’s performing with her Strictly Come Dancing co-stars.

There’s no denying that we are excited for Lisa’s return to our TV screens, and she looks amazing!