15 Facts About Lisa Riley


Lisa Jane Riley was born on 13 July 1976 and is an English actress, comedian and television presenter.


Lisa Riley was a contestant on the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, and a panellist on the ITV daytime series Loose Women.


Lisa Riley trained at the Oldham Theatre Workshop from the age of nine, and was signed by an agent three years later.


Lisa Riley then appeared in a guest role as Mandy Dingle in the British soap opera Emmerdale in 1995.


In 1996, Lisa Riley won the National Television Awards for "Most Popular Newcomer" for her work in Emmerdale.


Lisa Riley continued to play Mandy until 2001 after deciding to pursue other television roles.


In 1999, Lisa Riley co-presented the six-part ITV series Birthrace 2000 with Davina McCall, which featured couples trying to have the first baby of the millennium.


Lisa Riley featured as Rebecca Patterson, a "shy, retiring, twenty something" woman, in the drama series Fat Friends across three series between 2002 and 2005.


Between 2011 and 2013, Lisa Riley made guest appearance as Tina Allen in the BBC school drama Waterloo Road.


Later that year, Lisa Riley signed up as a contestant on the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnering with Robin Windsor.


Lisa Riley juggled the rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing with filming two appearances for Waterloo Road in February 2013.


Lisa Riley has since appeared on the 2013 live tour and the backstage show Strictly Confidential, directed by Craig Revel Horwood, who often praised her on the show.


In September 2016, it was announced that Lisa Riley had joined the ITV daytime series Loose Women as one of three new panellists, following a series of guest appearances during the year.


In May 2017, Lisa Riley featured in the BBC miniseries Three Girls as Lorna, the mother of one of the main characters.


In late 2016, Lisa Riley lost over 10 stone in weight, and a year later, she had a surgery to remove excess skin.