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Olivia "Liv" Louise Dingle (née Livesy; previously Flaherty) is the daughter of Gordon Livesy and Sandra Flaherty, the half-sister of Aaron Dingle and the wife of Vinny Dingle.


2002-2016: Early life

Olivia Livesy was born in 2002 to Sandra and Gordon Livesy. At some point between late 2008 and early 2009, Sandra took Liv and left Gordon to protect her daughter from him. She changed both her and Liv's surname to Flaherty so they couldn't be traced and Liv had no further contact with either Gordon or half-brother Aaron until 2016.

Through her father, Liv has an older half brother named Aaron Dingle born on 5th January 1992.

2016: Arrival in Emmerdale and Gordon's true colours

In February 2016, Liv approached Aaron and Robert in a park and asked them for some spare change, unaware of her relation to Aaron. Later, Liv approached them again and asked for more money for a cab, and stole Aaron's wallet. Robert managed to retrieve the wallet but Liv kicked him in the process. Aaron and Robert later visited Sandra and were shocked when Liv answered the door. Liv believed Aaron and Robert had followed her home from the park, but Sandra revealed that Aaron was, in fact, her half-brother. Aaron then covered for Liv when Sandra inquired how they met in the park. Whilst Aaron and Sandra were talking, Liv questioned Robert about her dad and asked him to give Gordon her number if he saw him, as she didn't believe the tale Sandra spun about her dad not wanting to know her. Liv was upset to walk in on Aaron, who was asking Sandra why she covered for Gordon even though she knew about Gordon abusing him.

Liv managed to track Aaron down and scratched 'Liar' into the side of his car after reading about the case in the paper. She went to the court where she witnessed Gordon faking the side effects of his cancer treatment. The following day, Liv confronted Aaron about what he said about their dad, as she didn't believe him. Aaron figured out that Liv was the one who scratched his car. Aaron sat Liv down and tried to explain what Gordon put him through but he couldn't admit he had been raped, so Liv didn't believe him. When Aaron was out of the room, Liv went through Aaron's mother Chas Dingle's phone and found Gordon's address. She later turned up at Gordon's address, but Aaron and Chas figured out where Liv was going, so Aaron and Zak Dingle went chasing after her. Gordon insisted he didn't do anything to Aaron and told Liv that Aaron had self-harmed in the past. Gordon gave her his mother's necklace. When Aaron and Zak arrived, Liv apologised to Aaron. The following day she met up with Gordon and informed him that her mother went to the police.

A few weeks later, Liv turned up at The Woolpack to stay with Aaron for a few days. She began spying on Aaron on Gordon's request. Liv recorded Aaron talking to Robert about Robert paying Ryan to lie about Gordon also abusing him. She was going to show Gordon the recording, but she overheard Aaron telling Chas about how much having Liv means to him and how they can trust her. She realised Gordon was manipulating her and didn't want to know her, but was only using her to get evidence for his defence. Liv admitted to Aaron and Chas she had been spying for Gordon, but she now believed him. Liv later returned home.

Liv took the stand during Gordon's trial, where Gordon's barrister quizzed her on what it was like to reunite with her dad and her relationship with him. Liv struggled on the stand so the Judge decided to end it there for a day. Outside the court, Aaron found Liv trying to steal a bike. Liv admitted to Aaron that Gordon was only using her for the evidence she could give in the trial and asked her older brother if she could come and stay with him at The Woolpack. Liv wasn't pleased with Aaron's reaction, so she stormed off after telling Aaron she would get back on the stand and tell the jury everything, using the recording to back herself up. The following day Liv took the stand and surprised everyone by backing up Aaron and not revealing the existence of the recording. She told the court Gordon was a liar, bully and a manipulator, and asked them not to allow Gordon to get away with what he did. Later Aaron thanked Liv, and Liv told him she deleted the recording. Aaron revealed that she was too hasty yesterday and would have allowed her to stay with him, but Liv explained so got carried away and her mum needed her. Neither Liv nor Sandra were present as Gordon was found guilty of all four charges that were brought against him.

Liv was brought to The Woolpack after being caught shoplifting and Liv told Aaron what things are like when her mother is stressed. Sandra came to collect Liv, but she was persuaded to allow Liv stay for a couple of weeks. Sandra decided to move to Dublin with Liv but allows Liv to stay with Aaron on a more permanent basis after much convincing. She briefly becomes friends with fellow tearaway Gabby Thomas, but they have a falling-out after Gabby accuses Liv of having a crush on her own crush, Jacob Gallagher. Liv blames Aaron, as he joked that Liv and Jacob were flirting in David's, making Aaron realise just how hard raising teenager can be. Liv eventually patched things up with Gabby.

In May 2016, with the advent of Gordon's sentencing coming to pass, Liv wished to be there when it happened, but Aaron forbade her from going, which caused a rift between them. Simultaneously, Chas once again saw her scrambling through her bag, unaware she was having her first "monthly". Eventually, Aaron gave in to Liv's demands and agreed to go to court with her for Gordon's sentencing. However, Liv, seeing just how much Aaron cares about her, decides not to go for his sake, as seeing Gordon again would push him over the edge. Liv begins to bond with Chas after the latter successfully concludes that she's having her first period, and acquires some sanitary products for her at chemists'.

Liv comes to the conclusion that she needs to see her dad one last time and so rushes to court to witness Gordon get sent down. However, Robert quickly gives chase. She sits outside the court and Robert tells her that she can't just run off like this. Aaron then shows up and they agree to witness their dad sentenced. Gordon is sentenced to 18 years in prison. As he's led away by a guard, Liv throws the neckless Gordon gave to her and tells him that she hopes he dies in prison.

The day after Gordon's sentencing, Aaron receives news that his last name has officially been changed to "Dingle", so Chas and Aaron's distant cousin Charity hold a family do to celebrate. However, during the party, DS Wise take Liv, Aaron, and Chas into the back room, and reveal that Gordon has died. Liv practically breaks down, thinking it was her fault he died because of what she last said to him. Later on, she overhears a conversation between Chas and her brother Cain throw about the idea that Robert may have had Gordon killed in prison. Liv becomes determined to find out the true circumstances surrounding her dad's death, and when DS Wise pays a visit, she tries to tell him that Robert paid someone to have him killed, only for Wise to correct her by revealing that they've concluded Gordon killed himself; they found him hanging from a rope. Gordon leaves a fortune to Aaron and Liv, but Aaron turns it down, saying he doesn't want anything from him.

2016-2017: Gordon's funeral and relationship with Aaron and Robert

Despite Gordon's true fate revealed, she continues to feel animosity toward Robert, who happily reciprocates the antagonistic approach to her. Liv proves a handful for Aaron to deal with, as she's caught shoplifting in Hotten. Her frosty relationship with Robert gradually gets out of hand, to the point where they're both vying with Aaron to pick a side. Meanwhile, Liv has a cyber-bully stalker on her hands; she keeps receiving callous messages from someone claiming to be the late Gordon. She shows these messages to Gabby, who suggests it could be someone from school.

A date for Gordon's funeral is set. Aaron doesn't want to go but says he'll be willing to if Liv wants to go. She initially says no, and her behaviour is further harmed due to the cyber-bullying. Aaron attributes this to the funeral, so he suggests that she come along with him and Robert to a theme park to take her mind off it. Liv refuses though, as she and Gabby already have plans. It's soon revealed that these "plans" include nicking some booze and going off to Gordon's house to trash it. Gabby's mum Bernice quickly uncovers these plans, and she and Chas break up the party, which has already started. Both Liv and Gabby got drunk, so Chas plans to make Liv pay by dragging her along to the house and cleaning it up, on the day of the funeral.

Liv decides she wants to go to the funeral after all, so Aaron bravely says he'll go with her. Chas and Robert also choose to come along, after the house-cleaning is finished. Liv and Robert once again get at each other's throats before she and Chas leave for Gordon's. While cleaning up outside the house, she meets with Ryan, the lad that Robert paid to lie about being a victim of Gordon, and she says that she knows what happened between him and Robert. Liv then offers Ryan £50,000 and Gordon's house to drop Robert in it and get him sent to prison. Ryan accepts the offer after initially rejecting it.

Later that day, Liv, Aaron, Chas, and Robert attend Gordon's funeral; unsurprisingly, they are the only guests. The speaker tells the group of Gordon's deep regret for all the things he did, which drives Liv to tears and she bails. Robert goes after her, and the two have a heart-to-heart, which makes Liv change her mind about her offer to Ryan and she tries to call him to tell him the deal's off, but the phone goes to voicemail, so she leaves him a message. Back home, she becomes nervous about Ryan, as he hasn't contacted her back yet, so she leaves him yet another message. Liv then tells Robert about these texts she's been getting, and it appears the two have finally put their differences aside, as Liv apologizes for all the things she accused Robert of. Liv then realises it's too late to call off the plan, as the police arrive and Robert is arrested. Liv confesses to Aaron the deal she made with Ryan, and she bursts into tears, thinking Aaron will hate her as he warns that Robert could go to prison for what she's done, but he assures Liv that he doesn't hate her. Liv overhears Robert arguing with Aaron after he learns that Liv dropped him in it and feeling guilty for the part she played, decides to run away. Robert soon tracks her down and the pair has another heart to heart during which Liv apologises and they agree to get on for Aaron's sake. Robert discovers the identity of Liv's cyberbully and puts an end to it. He and Aaron then take Liv on holiday.

Liv's relationship with Robert continues to improve after she encourages him and Aaron to move in together. She is grateful when Robert saves Aaron's life following a car crash and is present at the hospital when Aaron comes round from his surgery and accepts Robert's marriage proposal. After Liv gets drunk with Gabby and Bernice threatens to get Chas' license revoked, she threatens to kick her out unless Aaron starts being tougher on her. Liv persuades Aaron to find them a place of their own and is delighted when he uses their inheritance money to buy The Mill. Liv enjoys her first Christmas with Aaron, Robert and the rest of the Dingles.

Liv spends a month in Ireland visiting her mum but upon her return in February 2017, laments on how she spent most of her time caring for Sandra. Liv is disappointed when no one remembers her birthday and lashes out at Aaron and Chas before storming out. Aaron finds her drowning her sorrows at the bridge and carries her home. The next day Liv confesses her fears that Aaron might hurt himself while in prison which he later relates to Robert and Chas. This prompts Robert to organise the wedding for the next day in order to prove his commitment to both Liv and Aaron. Liv assists in the preparation by overseeing the decorations at the Woolpack and is touched when Robert tells her the wedding is as much for her as it is for him and Aaron. The next day, Liv is devastated when Aaron is sentenced to 12 months in prison. She later asks Robert if he's going to send her away to her mum's but he gently assures her she's not going anywhere and hugs her close. After a visit to Aaron, Liv realises to her horror that her brother has been taking drugs in order to cope. He begs her not to tell Robert. Liv is excluded from school after coming to Gabby's defence and punching another student. After learning that Robert was unable to see Aaron due to an incident in the prison, Liv fears it's to do with the drugs and tells her brother in law everything.

In March 2017, Liv receives news that her mother has suffered an accident abroad and is on life support. Chas, who has only recently returned from taking a relative abroad for cancer treatment, opts to take Liv to see her mother.

Liv returns from Dublin mid-September 2017 without Chas. Earlier on that day, Aaron receives a phone call from Chas explaining that Liv is missing. Aaron packs a bag to go to Dublin to help look for Liv and Adam suggest he waits at home and calms down. Aaron prepares to leave when Liv arrives surprisingly at the door. Aaron is furious that Liv left Dublin and travelled back to Emmerdale on her own and without telling anyone. Liv tells Aaron that she knows about him and Robert Sugden breaking up as Gabby told her. Liv wants to know why Aaron is no longer with Robert after she tells him she misses him for a second time and refers to him as her “other brother”. She's left heartbroken to discover Robert got Rebecca pregnant. She confronts the pair insisting her and Aaron deserve better. Later she bumps into them and belittles Rebecca for coming between her family. As Rebecca storms off unable to take Liv's truths Robert admits to Liv he was happy with her and Aaron. He admits he ruined his life and hates both Rebecca and her baby. Liv realises how hurt Robert is and tells him he can be a dad and with Aaron. He tells her Aaron didn’t want that. She tries to persuade Aaron to take him back but doesn’t succeed.

When Liv discovers that Robert cheated on Aaron with Rebecca White and the latter is now expecting his child, she goes to Home Farm to confront them and drinks some tainted alcohol that Robert intended for Rebecca's father Lawrence to drink. Liv collapses and is taken to the hospital. When Aaron finds out about Robert's part in Liv's hospitalisation, he threatens to kill him if Liv doesn't pull through. Liv does pull through, though, and back to her scheming ways as she tries to get her doctor, Alex Mason, loved up with a heartbroken Aaron. While the pair goes on a date, the partnership fizzles out for a while. Liv seems to succeed in getting Aaron and Alex loved up when they sleep together in December 2017.

2017-2018: Asexuality and struggles with alcoholism

Liv is tired of people thinking she is attracted to Gerry Roberts, so when Belle Dingle talks to Liv about her feelings, she admits she doesn't feel any attraction to anybody, suggesting she is aromantic. For the time being, Belle agrees to keep quiet about Liv's orientation.

In February 2018, Liv is still confused about her sexuality, so kisses Gabby in the hope to help her confusion. Gabby mistakes Liv's friendly hug with Jacob Gallagher for a secret relationship. Gabby then humiliates Liv in front of her friends and family at her 16th birthday party, telling them about their kiss and that Liv and Jacob were dating behind their back, when they were not. Gabby attempts to get Liv to be friends with her but Liv refuses to be friends with Gabby. As a result of this prank, Liv turns to alcohol once again.

Liv discovers Robert preparing chicken in the Mill kitchen. She discovers Aaron has taken Robert back. She praises Alex thinking Robert was behind their split unaware Aaron had initiated the reunion. She admits her true feelings about Robert as she reveals she sees him as a brother and loved him. She tells Robert how much she needed him at home. Robert tells Liv he never stopped caring about her. He tells her she's his sister and he loves her before begging for her forgiveness. Aaron arrives home thinking their at war but they reveal it's a prank. Liv reveals she and Robert have had a chat. She tells Aaron that Alex was great but she's glad that Robert's back with them. The three of them share their first family hug, happy to be back together again.

Liv belittled Gabby for blackmailing Daz Spencer. They end up fighting but soon make up as Gabby apologises for what she did. On 12th March 2018, Gabby and Liv go to raid Charity's alcohol stash in the Woolpack. As they are doing so, Charity and girlfriend Vanessa Woodfield enter and kiss on the sofa. While they are doing so, Gabby steals a vial of ketamine from Vanessa's bag. Vanessa notices the girls' bags and the two run away. Later at the Mill, Gabby reveals this to Liv. The next day in the Woolpack, after hearing Daz belittle her and Aaron she spikes his drink but Lisa accidentally drinks it. She's left feeling guilty over what happened but the next day when confronted by the police Gabby takes the blame. Bernice has ago at Liv insisting she's a bad influence on Gabby but Aaron backs Liv and she shouts at him to keep out. As Aaron, Robert and Seb arrive back she gives Aaron the silent treatment. As Aaron and Robert talk bad about Gabby she admits she spiked Lisa's drink. Aaron and Robert are shocked but willing to protect Liv from Prison and The Dingles tell Liv she can’t tell anyone.. Lisa collapses and is taken to hospital. Lisa later confessed to the police that Liv was to blame and the two girls attended a court hearing on 16th April. Gabby is sentenced to community service which she completes by delivering leaflets, meanwhile, Liv was sentenced for 4 months in a youth detention centre. Her Lawyer had moved to another case at the last minute and Liv's new lawyer was not up to speed. Unbeknown to the Dingles, this was the doing of Joseph Tate who was still seeking revenge against Robert.

In May 2018, Liv admits to Aaron while serving time at the young offender's institute that she has a drinking problem after Aaron finds Liv's water bottle filled with vodka. Aaron fears the worst as he tries to get to the bottom of why Liv has been drinking and is horrified when Liv reveals everything is always about him and his problems; she couldn't tell him about her drinking as she was scared he wouldn't be able to handle it so, therefore, she had to deal with it herself. Liv admits she felt abandoned when Aaron went to prison and explains she thought moving in with him meant she no longer had to act like the adult. Aaron brings up Gordon, mentioning he was always worse when he drank. The comparison to her father infuriates Liv. She tells Aaron she no longer wants him visiting her and orders him not to come back. On 17th May, Aaron gets phonecall after Liv got into a fight at the institute and when Aaron arrives she admits her drinking is a problem and tells him she wants to stop.

In early June 2018, Liv returns and is welcomed by her family. She becomes good friends with Doug Potts and starts getting suspicious of Lachlan White following Gerry's death. Lachlan was confused when he started receiving anonymous text messages and assumed the conman Paul Tozer was behind them, resulting in Lachlan killing him. However, after the conman's death, Lachlan realises Liv was the culprit and caused a carbon monoxide leak in Mill Cottage on 17th July 2018. Liv catches Lachlan and prevents him from leaving the Mill so Lachlan forcefully pushes her against the wall and she bangs her head against a plug socket which renders her unconscious. When Lachlan insisted Rebecca could not enter the house she got scared and ran past him, finding Robert and Liv unconscious but Lachlan stops her from calling an ambulance and kidnaps her. Later, Robert and Liv are found by Aaron and they recovered. Robert and Liv couldn't remember much but Liv was insistent that Lachlan caused the leak, however, she was forced to keep quiet when Lachlan claimed he didn't know anything, and when no one believed her it caused Liv to return to alcohol as she stole a bottle of vodka from Wishing Well Cottage and sat at the Cricket Pavilion drinking and crying. Liv pays Lachlan a visit to apologises and tells him she won't bother him again. However, Liv's suspicions were later proved to be right.

2019: Relationship with Jacob Gallagher

In early 2019, Liv grows closer to Jacob. In February, they officially get together, although she soon starts fearing Jacob's losing interest in her. Liv worries that she can't be enough for him as she doesn't want to have sex. In March, Jacob assures Liv he respects her and he's fine with her not wanting to have sex with him. Liv tells Jacob that if he wants anyone else, he should walk away now but Jacob promises her he wants her and they hug. However, what she doesn't know is that she has an ulterior motive.

In April 2019, Liv starts noticing Jacob isn't himself but he gets insecure after speaking to Gabby who assumes Jacob is losing interest in Liv because they aren't having sex and advises her to dump him. Liv decides to have sex with Jacob so she doesn't lose him. Gabby insists she can't let Jacob pressure her into sleeping with him although Liv insists it's her choice. However, on 11th April 2019, when Liv goes to his house she finds him not dressed in his room with someone there. She is shocked and disgusted when she discovers it's Jacob's step-mum and teacher Maya Stepney who he's been secretly seeing. Realising what Maya could lose, Liv starts blackmailing her, saying she'll reveal her affair with Jacob unless she gives her money, which she wanted to use to help Aaron and Robert pay for a surrogate. Maya struggles to get the money but Liv continues to pressure them.

However, Liv never got the chance to get her money as Priya Kotecha, a friend of Jacob's mother Leyla, saw the pair kissing outside a club during a big night out in late April 2019. Leyla, Priya and Jacob's former step-mum Tracy Metcalfe, confronted Maya resulting in Maya's disappearance. Unaware of the situation, Liv went to Maya's house to get her money but was met by Leyla, Priya and Tracy who confronted her over what she was doing there. She finally admitted that she had known about Maya and Jacob and Leyla questioned how she could have allowed Maya to continue abusing Jacob without saying anything, especially considering her past with her father. Liv broke down in tears and apologised, admitting she just wanted to help Aaron and Robert get a baby.

She then helped Jacob's father, David get in contact with Jacob to try and get him away from Maya. By late May, Maya is finally arrested after David plays Liv's recording for the police. Liv opens up to Aaron about how she blackmailed Maya for him and Robert but knows what she did was wrong. She thens tells the police all she knows which helps in the case against Maya. Over the next couple of months, Liv and Jacobs then starts rebuilding their friendship and Liv helps him cope with what has happened.

2020 to present: Relationship with Vinny

During the first lockdown, Liv got to know Vinny Dingle through playing Animal Crossing online together, and started dating shortly after.

Vinny's estranged father Paul Ashdale turned up in Emmerdale in April 2020, he got a job at Holey Scrap, befriending Vinny and eventually revealing to him that he was his dad. Eventually, Paul and Mandy got back together again, but Paul soon started gambling again and began physically and emotionally abusing Vinny in order to hide his gambling from Mandy.

When the abuse started increasing, Vinny moved in with Aaron and Liv, sleeping on their sofa, then was eventually invited by Liv to share her bed. Paul's abuse continued, however, and after Liv started getting suspicious, Paul insisted he broke up with Liv, so Vinny moved back into Wishing Well cottage with his parents.

In April 2021, on the morning of Paul's wedding to Mandy, Liv heads of to the wedding barn to confront him, although the altercation soon turns violent when Paul throws Liv over a table. Unexpectedly Jimmy King's lorry crashes into the barn. While Liv escapes, Paul dies when the barn explodes.

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"Excuse me, do you have any spare change?" - first line, to Aaron Livesy and Robert Sugden.

"Best birthday ever, yeah" - to Aaron and Chas Dingle when her family forgets her birthday.

"Me, you and Aaron, we were solid. Like a proper little family. " - to Robert, after finding out he and Aaron are back together.

"Get lost, you nosy bitch" - to Lydia Dingle, rejecting her offer to take her home while drunk.

Additional Information

  • It was initially believed that Gordon and Sandra's child was born in mid to late 2006 as Aaron had been sent to live with his mum Chas for a while earlier in the year due to him being in contact with measles, which was harmful to pregnant Sandra. Despite this, when the character was introduced in 2016, it was reported that Liv was a teenager and she was referred to as being 14 years old.
  • Liv is the first ever asexual character in a British soap.

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