Actress and television presenter who became a household name as feisty barmaid, Mandy Dingle, in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale from 1995 to 2001.
Lisa Riley trained at the Oldham Theatre Workshop from the age of 9, and was signed by an agent 3 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 the well-endowed character Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale over a period of six and a half years.
She went on to present the popular You’ve Been Framed show from 1997-2002, taking over from the former presenter, Jeremy Beadle and raising viewers figures to more than 13 million at it’s peak in the process.
In 1999, Lisa appeared opposite a young Jack P Shepherd in Pull out more fags and had a cameo role in the music video When the Going Gets Tough by Boyzone.
In 2000, she appeared in ITV’s Christmas Pantomime Alladin opposite stars such as Patsy Kensit, Julian Clary and Paul Merton and, in 2001, appeared in a commercial for Heineken.
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.
Lisa’s other credits include roles in Fat Friends, The Bill, Holby City, Doctors, the BBC’s Afternoon Play series, Having it off and the little seen film Secret society.
On stage, Lisa Riley has appeared in many Pantomime’s and in UK tour’s of The Play What I Wrote, The Vagina Monologues opposite Sharon Osbourne and The Naked truth.