Emmerdale’s Emma Atkins opens up about Charity Dingle’s flashback episode

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by Emma Dodds |
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Emmerdale fans will be given an insight into the life of Charity Dingle with a one-hour special dedicated to her younger years

Charity Dingle is one of the most popular characters on Emmerdale, having been in the show for a massive 18 years.

And we can't imagine anyone other than Emma Atkins playing such an iconic role - despite the fact that the amazing Suranne Jones actually auditioned for the role originally.

But we'll soon be seeing another actress stepping into Charity's shoes in a special flashback episode.

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After Charity's revelation to the residents of Emmerdale earlier this week, viewers have been relieved that the truth is finally out.

But we're set to find out exactly what happened in Charity's past in the one-hour episode, and Charity will be played by actress Mica Proctor.

And in an appearance on This Morning, Emma revealed that something major will be revealed about Charity.

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Emma appeared alongside Michelle Hardwick, who plays Vanessa ©Shutterstock

She said: "At the very end of the episode the audience are left with this incredible bit of information that no one else knows and you’ll see why Charity is like she is."

Emma added that the storyline has been in the pipeline for three years, saying: "She’s done some awful things in the past and was attached to being a lady of the night and I knew it would be revisited.

"Three years ago I was told there was some dark past they would explore. It’s made me realise how bloody amazing the writers are, revisiting such an old storyline, it shows you what an amazing team of people they are."

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Charity told the entire village what Bails had done to her as a 14-year-old girl ©ITV

Emmerdale viewers also now know that Charity gave birth to a child after her rape ordeal, and Emma added: "She’ll be faced with a lot of moral decisions and the repercussions for that."

EEK. We can't wait!

The Charity special episode of Emmerdale will air on May 29 on ITV.

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