Sally Dexter, an actor best known for her work on the ITV serial opera Emmerdale, originally played Faith Dingle, Shadrach Dingle’s ex-wife, in 2007.
Gillian Gephcott had previously performed the part, but Sally rapidly established herself as the Dingle matriarch among Emmerdale viewers.
She has been a part of various significant storylines during her stint on the Yorkshire-based serial, from shoving Kim Tate off her balcony at Home Farm to her present struggle with terminal disease.
As the series gets ready to begin a full month of drama to honor their 50th anniversary, it has already been announced that Sally’s departure from the program and ultimately Faith’s demise are on the horizon.
“At the beginning of the month, we will be focusing on our Faith storyline, which is a significant storyline for us right now,” executive producer Jane Hudson stated.
We’ve looked at Sally’s life outside of the Dales, including her surreal age, her mysterious lover, and when we may expect to say our final goodbyes to the feisty Faith Dingle, as her heartbreaking final scenes approach.
Sally’s surprising age
Sally Dexter, who plays her on-screen son Cain Dingle, is 62 years old. Some Emmerdale viewers might be surprised to learn that there is actually just a 10-year age difference between her and Jeff Hordley, who is 52.
Sally’s secret partner
Sally has never given much insight into her private life, however she did say that when she originally joined the soap opera, she was residing in London with her unnamed long-term partner.
Sally’s Emmerdale exit date
The Emmerdale actress has spoken out about Faith Dingle’s poignant impending departure. Faith Dingle is currently battling terminal cancer, and Sally has recently been seen in heartbreaking situations. According to our friends at The Mirror, Sally remarked that it was difficult to film her departure.
She uttered: “(The leaving tale) is, in my opinion, fantastic. Although I haven’t seen the scripts for her passing, I’m hoping for the best outcome possible. This is a larger family story rather than just a cancer story.”
“The best thing about dying is what comes before it: life, and all the love that comes with it. To salute her, I would adore it if everyone watching had a small bottle of gin.
In upcoming moments, Faith’s bond with her great-granddaughter Sarah will only get stronger. That’s a steep learning curve for Faith, Sally continued. She has a more appreciating perspective on the world, and she and Cain (played by Jeff Hordley) share a particularly touching moment.
Sally said that she will find it difficult to say goodbye to her Emmerdale coworkers. Even though I believe it’s the right decision, Sally said, “It’s rather upsetting because I’ll be leaving behind people I really care about, including Jeff, Lucy (Pargeter), and Natalie (J Robb). The experience of working with them is fantastic. Not simply in terms of their acting prowess, but also as people.