Lisa Riley

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Lisa Riley
Born(1976-08-05) 5 August 1976 (age 36)
Bury, Greater Manchester,
England
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress/Presenter
Years active1995–
TelevisionEmmerdale
You've Been Framed
 
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Lisa Riley
Born(1976-08-05) 5 August 1976 (age 36)
Bury, Greater Manchester,
England
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress/Presenter
Years active1995–
TelevisionEmmerdale
You've Been Framed

Lisa Riley (born 5 August 1976) is a British television presenter and actress best known for playing the role of Mandy Dingle in the television soap opera Emmerdale and succeeding Jeremy Beadle on You've Been Framed.

Career

Riley trained at the Oldham Theatre Workshop from the age of nine, and was signed by an agent three years later. After some early roles including extra work on Coronation Street and an appearance in Butterfly kiss which was directed by Michael Winterbottom, her first breakthrough role in UK television was playing Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale over a period of six and a half years.

In 1996, Riley won the National Television Awards for Most popular newcomer for her work in Emmerdale.

Riley was noted for playing the role of Princess Jean in the CITV Awards 1997. Riley went on then to present You've Been Framed from 1998 to 2002, taking over from the former presenter, Jeremy Beadle and raising viewers figures to more than 13 million at its peak in the process. In 1999, Riley appeared opposite a young Jack P Shepherd in Put Out More Fags and had a cameo role in the music video for "When the Going Gets Tough" by Boyzone. In 2000, Riley appeared in ITV's Christmas Pantomime Aladdin opposite stars such as Ed Byrne, Patsy Kensit, Julian Clary and Paul Merton and in 2001, Riley appeared in a commercial for Heineken.

Riley's other credits include roles in Fat Friends, The Bill, Waterloo Road, Holby City, Doctors, the BBC's Afternoon Play series, Having It off and the little seen film Secret Society.

On stage, Riley has appeared in fourteen pantomimes (she starred in Aladdin at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth in the 2009/2010 pantomime season) and in UK tours of The Play What I Wrote, The Vagina Monologues (opposite Sharon Osbourne), The Naked Truth, Waiting for Gateaux and Calendar Girls.

The 2006 album I Rock Eye Pop by Kings Have Long Arms includes a track titled "Lisa Riley".

In 2011 she played a small role in the UK produced children's show 'Young Dracula'. In episode 2 "The Enemy" she played the role of Goody McEldrich.

In 2012 Lisa appeared in Scott and Bailey alongside Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp as Nadia Hicks in Series 2, episodes 1 and 2.

Riley describes herself as a "dedicated vegetarian".[1]

In 2012, she became one of the celebrities on series 10 of Strictly Come Dancing.[2]; partnering Robin Windsor

References

Preceded by
Jeremy Beadle
Host of You've Been Framed
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Jonathan Wilkes