Earlier today, Emmerdale confirmed actress Lisa Riley will be returning to Emmerdale as Mandy Dingle after 17 years away from the soap.
And now fans of the show are excited to see Mandy return to the village but they think she may not return alone – and in fact will come back with Paddy’s child!
The actress took to Twitter to announce the news and share her excitement.
In 2000, Mandy began an affair with her college lecturer which led to her and Paddy getting a divorce. She left in December that year but briefly returned in 2001 hoping to win Paddy back, however she realised he was happy without her and left again.
Fans believe she will return, but this time she will be joined by Paddy’s child.
Mandy Dingle, Kim Tate it’s like a time warp, the Emmerdale of my childhood!
Oh lord Mandy’s going bring a teenage kid of Paddy’s isn’t she 😐
— Danny Miller Fansite (@DannyMFansite) November 12, 2018
if mandy dingle comes back with paddy’s surprise child, i just-
— naomi (@jasparsjoly) November 12, 2018
if mandy dingle’s “big secret” isn’t that she had paddy’s kid i’ll eat my hat #emmerdale
— santa cLauzz 🎄🎅🏻☃️ (@Lauzzkaban) November 13, 2018
#MandyDingle was with #PaddyKirk up until year 2000 when she exit the village the 1st time then she returned in 2001 to try and win Paddy back which was unsuccessful so if baby was born in 2002 it would make the child aged 16 #Emmerdale
— Country Style (@CountryStyleMe) November 13, 2018
ED! readers have also shared their thoughts on this theory. One stated: “I reckon she will come back with a daughter in tow and announce it’s paddy’s !” [sic]
This wouldn’t be the best timing for Paddy as he and fiance Chas recently lost daughter Grace.
Grace was diagnosed with bilateral renal agenesis when Chas went to her 20 week scan. The condition meant Grace would be born without kidneys and underdeveloped lungs.
Since the funeral both Paddy and Chas have been suffering terribly with the loss of their daughter.
After Paddy returned to work too soon, he broke down after the death of a cat. He has been bottling up his emotions trying to be strong for Chas and she has been lashing out.
Next week we will see Chas and Paddy fight to try and save their relationship. However, they both continue to struggle and end up arguing.
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Emmerdale airs Monday to Friday at 7pm with an extra episode on Thursdays at 8pm on ITV