Emmerdale star hints at soap exit: ‘You never know when your time is up’

Emmerdale actress Karen Blick has hinted that she may be leaving the popular ITV soap.

The 46-year-old, who plays the role of Lydia Dingle, has been a part of the Dales since 2016 and found love with Sam Dingle (James Hooton) last year and was been officially welcomed into the Dingle family.

When asked if she can see herself staying in the soap and perhaps taking on the role of Dingle matriarch, Karen wasn’t entirely sure what the future will hold for Lydia.

“I would love to, there are no guarantees with this job, we all know that you never know when your time is up,” she admitted.

Emmerdale actress Karen Blick has played the role of Lydia since 2016

“In this show, I would love to stay as long as they’re happy to have me. As I say, I’m a Yorkshire woman, local to where I live and I mentioned this previously, it is a dream job so yes, I’m happy to stay for as long as viewers are happy to have Lydia.”

Speaking about being lucky enough to be on one of the biggest programmes in television, Karen continued: “I absolutely love it, it’s amazing, it’s a fantastic opportunity.

Karen admitted 'you never know when your time is up' in regards to her role in Emmerdale
Karen admitted ‘you never know when your time is up’ in regards to her role in Emmerdale

“It’s brilliant to be in Emmerdale, but to be in Emmerdale and to be in the Dingles is a double whammy it’s brilliant!

“There’s always something going on, there’s always a scam or there’s some scandal, or there’s some drama.

“There’s always an element and one of the characters – there’s so many Dingles that if something affects one of their lives or their story, then we’re all involved in some way,” Karen added.

Lydia became a member of the Dingle family when she married Sam last year
Lydia became a member of the Dingle family when she married Sam last year

“But it’s great, it’s great to play a nice, strong Yorkshire woman in Emmerdale. It’s good to have that wide representation in the Dingle women as well, there’s lots of different qualities that are seen within the female characters.”

Asked if she sees Lydia and Sam being the new Lisa and Zak Dingle, the actress replied: “I hear this a lot, I get asked this question quite a lot.

“And then it’s massively, massively flattering; to be able to think that you could continue in a role for as long as Jane Cox did, that would be absolutely amazing.

“They are big shoes to fill, and it’s hard as an actor, each character is unique and individual, and each actor brings something of themselves which is unique and individual for that.

“But if we can fill a gap in some way then that’s a huge privilege, and is wonderful to do,” she added.

Sam and the Dingle family will be left furious next week when Lydia is arrested on suspicion of running a scam pension scheme.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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