Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter has revealed that there is an Irish dimension to the storyline which will cover her maternity leave from the soap.

The 40-year-old, who has played Chas Dingle since 2002, is expecting twins with partner Rudi Coleano in May and her character will be temporarily written out of the show in a storyline that will see Chas travel to Ireland. 

With son Aaron (Danny Miller) in prison, Chas has been looking after his half-sister Liv (Isobel Steele) because Liv's mother lives in Ireland. Now, Chas will bring Liv across the Irish Sea for a special visit.

"Liv's mum has had an accident in Ireland where she lives and Chas sees herself as Liv's acting mother because Aaron is in prison still," Pargeter explained to the Press Association.

Lucy Pargeter has played Chas Dingle in the soap since 2002

"She decides to take Liv over to Ireland to see her mum.

"It'll be me gone for a while, but not too long, depending. I'll be back very soon.

"Fictionally, I'm in Ireland, having a lovely summer."

Rudi Coleano and Lucy Pargeter are already parents to an 11-year-old daughter, Lola

Chas also wants to get away from the Dales due to her difficult relationship with her mother, Faith (Sally Dexter). 

"Chas is determined she isn't going to make things up with Faith. She's determined that she doesn't need her in her life and would rather she just went back to wherever she came from," said Pargeter.

"She's not keen on her wheedling her way into the family."

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