LISA Riley first appeared on TV as an actress before becoming a regular panellist on Loose Women.
Fans have followed her weight loss journey in recent years and she explored it in her documentary Baggy Body Club. Here’s everything you need to know about the star…
Rex Features Lisa Riley is an actress most famous for her role in Emmerdale
Who is Lisa Riley? What’s her background?
Lisa Riley was born in 1976 in Bury, Manchester and become a much-loved face on British telly with her character Mandy Dingle on Emmerdale.
She has also taken part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, replaced Jeremy Beadle in You’ve Been Framed from 1998- 2003, and has also had a role in Waterloo Road for two years.
Lisa has been a permanent member of the Loose Women panel since late 2016.
The actress is a dedicated vegetarian and supporter of the Labour party.
How long was Lisa Riley in Emmerdale?
Lisa joined the cast of Emmerdale in 1995 – and the feisty but lovable character Mandy Dingle immediately earned Lisa the Best Newcomer Award.
During her five year stint on the show, Mandy was a member of the famed Dingle clan and worked at the Woolpack pub.
Mandy met and fell in love with the hapless vet Paddy, despite being married to her cousin, Butch.
However, after getting married in 1999, she ends up having an affair with her college lecturer, and eventually tells Paddy.
The door for her return has always been left open after she fled the village following the confession and went to London.
She did briefly return to win back Paddy, but he had since moved on.
Getty Images Lisa had an ongoing battle with her weight which she eventually overcame – losing an astonishing ELEVEN stone
How did Lisa Riley lose weight?
Lisa Riley has had an ongoing public battle with her weight which she eventually overcame – losing an astonishing twelve stone, six pounds.
She dropped the pounds by changing her diet and giving up alcohol and she lost a stone in one week after eating only 400 calories a day.
She later admitted on Loose Women that following the weight loss, she underwent a boob surgery, referring to her chest as “digitally enhanced”.
Lisa explained: “They’re not implants. After my op, you’re not allowed to shower for 11 days. I got in the shower thinking heaven. I’ve got nothing to lift up, they’re just there.”
A friend of the star said after seeing the results: “Your areola used to be like a donut, now it’s like a betting chip.”