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Jane Cox

Jane Cox (born 13th May 1952 in London) is an English actress who portrayed Lisa Dingle in Emmerdale between August 1996 and November 2020, with a voiceover cameo in February 2024. Cox is one of the longest-serving actresses, after 24 years in the show; her tenure is currently the tenth-longest in the history of the show.

Cox lives in the former mill town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire and trained at Rose Bruford College. She has also starred in episodes of Coronation Street, Hetty Wainthrop Investigates and The Bill. Her most notable pre-Emmerdale role was as the leading female in the children's entertainment series Allsorts, which aired at 12:10 when ITV used to broadcast children's programmes such as Rosie & Jim, Rod, Jane and Freddy and Rainbow from 1990 to 1992. When Carlton Television replaced Thames Television in 1991, it announced in 1992 that all of these shows - and thus the lunchtime strand of pre-school programmes - would be axed, to make way for an extended version of This Morning. Come 1993, when Carlton first aired in London, they were gone. She also spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1996, she made her first appearance in the British ITV soap Emmerdale as fictional character Lisa Dingle. In March 2019, Cox announced that she would be leaving Emmerdale after 23 years of portraying Lisa. She made her final physical appearance on 24th May 2019. Cox made a brief return for a voiceover on 6th June 2019, as each family member read a letter from Lisa. Cox also returned for several voiceovers in 2020, as part of Belle Dingle's mental health storyline. The voiceovers were broadcast over the course of October and November 2020.

Before starting in Emmerdale Cox used to work as a drama school teacher.

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