Fans of Emmerdale have recently seen the passing of a number of characters, including Faith Dingle, Al Chapman, Harriet Finch, and Liv Flaherty.
Sally Dexter, an Emmerdale mainstay, left the ITV soap during its 50th anniversary month, and three other characters died shortly after. Sally’s character, Faith Dingle, ultimately chose suicide while battling terminal cancer, but the actress revealed to Express.co.uk that her initial plan for leaving the world was very different.
Sally opened up about Faith’s place in the Dingle family at the Inside Soap Awards.
She clarified that despite their tumultuous relationship, Faith was always willing to give her life in order to protect her kids.
“That was my original idea,” Sally said. I was going to defend them by stopping a rogue intruder with a knife or a gun from entering the Woolpack.
“And Cain and Chaz would say, “Oh, mother, you’re our hero,” as I fell on the bar, dropping to the ground in agony.”
The Emmerdale legend continued by praising the Dingles and providing some explanation as to why they are such a cherished family.
They’re feisty and fun, and in some ways they don’t care, but in others they care a lot.
They cherish one another, and both they and Faith are vibrant people.
The heartbreaking final moments of Sally’s performance as Faith were when Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) consoled his mother as she peacefully passed away.
Moira Barton (Natalie J. Robb) realized Faith was preparing to commit suicide in the touching episode and hurried over to her with Cain.
Cain was able to be by his mother’s side during her final moments even though he was too late to save her.
Faith reflected on the dramatic plot and described what it was like to shoot such intense scenes.
In a way, you have to be extremely grateful that you can simply spring out of bed and exclaim, “Hey, I’m alive.
Because people are actually going through this, there is a mixture of euphoria and a slight sense of guilt.
“This is real, it matters, people are watching it, they’ve been through it, and there are people watching it next to them who have also been through it.
“Doing it with such wonderful people around me in such a wonderful team, including a fabulous director, felt like the most enormous privilege. It merely had that air of honor.
The actress also disclosed that unusually spooky behavior on set forced two production stops for her final scenes.
“I’ll tell you an odd thing that happened when Chas first came in and discovered me dead,” Sally said.
She arrived and knocked on the door but was unable to enter.
“She knocked on the door once while we were filming, and there was an answering knock.”
She continued, “Now, we were filming this in a house that was intended to be haunted.
“So, I was dead after this happened twice. I wanted to say, “Come in,” but that would have completely ruined the moment because I was kind of drifting off into some sort of subconsciousness when I heard the answering knock.
Anyhow, after having to stop and start twice, Lucy asked, “Did anybody else hear that?”
“And we all affirmed it. It was truly amazing. Take what you will from that.
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