Emmerdale's Faith Dingle actress – Sally Dexter – has revealed that she wanted her character die a different way ahead of the soap's 50th anniversary.
Spoilers for the soap have recently confirmed that Faith Dingle dies this month in a devastating storyline after a heart breaking breast cancer diagnosis.
Deciding to end her own life after battling cancer, Faith will slip away in scenes that will air next week.
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Speaking ahead of her dramatic exit from the ITV soap, the actress who portrays Faith – Sally – has opened up about how she envisioned her departure.
"I always knew Faith was coming back to die," she explained in a pre-departure interview.
"My idea was to have her save Cain and Chas from some sort of attack in the Woolie – say from a bullet or a knife aimed at her children from a crazed intruder," she went on.
"I could picture her sliding down the side of the bar, with Cain and Chas declaring her a heroine! But the story Jane (Hudson) and the team wanted was a far more important and difficult one to tell.
"I only hope we have done as much justice as we could."
She went on to address how the subject of Faith's death has caused a lot of debate.
"The research team have dug deep for us throughout this whole storyline.
"For the final part of Faith’s storyline we had advice from an organisation called Dignity in Dying, including Steve Jetley and his own experience with his wife Tina, a story we were all extremely moved by."
Speaking about the controversial storyline of assisted dying and Faith choosing to end her own life, Sally says: "We do not see Faith taking the tablets, only calmly laying them out, when she has finally made sure everyone is out of the house."
"As I’ve said Faith is/was a great lover of LIFE!! Before taking her leave of it, she wants to celebrate it with all the people she loves," she continued.
Sally then went on to explain how Faith decided that replicating "a truly happy holiday at the seaside" would be reminiscent of when Cain and Chas were children and would be "the perfect way to do it [celebrate her life]".
"But Faith has another fall and ‘the children’ realise she’s too weak to travel. So with typical Dingle ingenuity, they decide to bring the Seaside to HER!!!"
Emmerdale airs nightly on ITV and ITVhub at 7:30pm, with the 50th anniversary celebrations and storylines airing all this month.
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