Emmerdale's Faith Dingle aka Sally Dexter reveals family's real-life traumatic heart problems which mirror soap story

Emmerdale actress Sally Dexter, who plays Faith Dingle, has revealed real-life heart problems which have plagued her personal life – just like her character’s current plot in the show.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning, the actress explained that her father and brother fell victim to heart issues, similar to her current storyline which sees her on-screen great-granddaughter Sarah suffering from heart failure.

The 58-year-old actress explained: “We’re all heart, we often say – we’re all hearts. My father, when he was 29, was actually told he had 10 years to live.

“He was 29 with three small children and that’s not what you want to hear. But through diet and exercise, he made it to 70.”

While her brother sadly didn’t manage to reach the same age, she added: “He kind of went the other way, but he had a great time doing it, you know. He went out earlier, he was only 58 when he died.”

In the show, Debbie and Faith are set to clash as Sarah overhears her great-grandmother saying that the operation will be pointless, which leads to Faith being banned from seeing her.

But later, she’s set to kidnap Sarah while in disguise and takes her on a day out in a bid to reignite her lust for life and encourage her to go through with treatment.

Emmerdale continues Tuesday, August 14 at 7pm on ITV.

This Morning continues weekdays from 10.30am.

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