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Trisha Dingle
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Emmerdale
Portrayed by Sheree Murphy
Duration 1998–2004
First appearance 6 September 1998
Last appearance 8 January 2004
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Occupation Barmaid

Patricia Susan "Trisha" Dingle (née Stokes; previously Fisher) was a fictional character on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, played by Sheree Murphy from 1998 until 2004.

Character's background

Trisha was a dippy and tarty barmaid with a heart of gold, she arrived at the Woolpack in 1998 out of the blue. Alan Turner, who has had troubled relationships with his offspring, didn’t recognise her initially, but quickly took her to his heart. She has been a big hit behind the bar of the Woolpack, especially with the men of Emmerdale, and can wrap Turner around her little finger.

Trisha is a born tease, and immediately caught the attention of Terry Woods, especially after she took him breakfast in bed dressed in a skimpy nightie. He was so smitten he took her shopping and forked out for a sexy new dress. This got him into trouble with Turner for missing his shift at the Woolpack. Terry was convinced she felt the same, and was crushed when she rejected his advances.

Trisha tried to help out in the Woolpack but contributed towards its destruction when fireworks she bought set alight and burned down the pub. She slept with both Terry and Scott, but was mortified both when Scott told Terry about their fling and when Terry spilled the beans to the drinkers in the village hall. She felt terribly guilty about her treatment of Terry and was sorry when he came back to the village on Christmas Day only to discover the tragic news about Vic.

Was put out when Alan appointed Bernice bar manager instead of her (tried her best to get the job ad even put together a CV, 2478); had a mud fight with Mandy Dingle ; discovers Bernice’s plan and laughs at her with Mandy ; is surprised when Scott cannot perform in bed with her ; goes to the vets ball but doesn’t enjoy being groped all night ; thinks Bernice made Gavin up and is a lunatic ; sleeps with Gavin behind Bernice’s back ; comforts Roy before his wedding ; tries to get the village to buy the Woolpack ; flirts with Chris in the hope that he will give her the money ; wants to plan her own theme night to prove she is better than Bernice. Hollywood night went well, until a drag queen Marilyn Monroe impersonator turned up and caused a near-riot. Trisha realised she couldn’t make cocktails either, and had to beg Bernice to help out. She decided to get her revenge on Bernice at the summer fair, where they both had rival beer tents. She hitched Bernice’s marquee to Jack’s car and pulled it down.

Since it became clear Bernice was going to take over the pub, she and Trisha buried the hatchet somewhat. Trisha wasn’t silly though – she blackmailed Gavin to ensure that she and her granddad could stay on at the pub after the takeover – and she ‘forgot’ to mention that Bernice’s name was spelled wrong on the new pub sign! She was also not keen on Bernice’s feng shui fad – or as she called it, Chop Suey!

Paddy’s cousin Jason arrived in the village just before Christmas. They hit it off straight away and she thought finally that he could be the man for her. However, Jason had a secret – he was gay and had promised Paddy he wouldn’t tell anyone. Trisha and Bernice found him out in the most shocking way – at Marlon’s Aladdin night in the Woolpack, the two women found Jason and Gavin kissing in Bernice’s bedroom.

Trisha tried to be strong for Bernice, but was wracked with guilt all over Christmas about her own fling with Gavin. Alan told her to stop feeling so sorry for herself.

Trisha began flirting with Marlon Dingle. After a few months of misunderstandings, the couple got together and went on holiday to Spain to celebrate that. Their relationship was severely tested when Trisha agreed to marry Jason Kirk's boyfriend, Joe Fisher so he could stay in the country. Although she was offered a lot of money, Marlon was shocked she would even consider it and they nearly broke up. Just before the wedding, they reconciled and Trisha did her bit for Marlon's business, Chez Marlon, by giving him the money as an investment. Sadly, the business failed, and Trisha left Marlon after just a few months. After spending ages trying to find her, Marlon moved on and began dating locum vet Rhona Goskirk. However, Marlon's world was turned upside down when Trisha returned and they decided to get married. When the big day came, Trisha hurt her neck and had to wear a collar. She was so upset that she called off the wedding and their friends Paddy and Emily got married instead. However, Marlon and Trisha did eventually get married but just a few months later, Trisha was offered the chance to star in a Bollywood film and went to India for six months. While she was away, Marlon was dreadfully lonely and had a drunken one night stand with his cousin Charity. When Trisha returned, the secret came out and she left Marlon. His desperate attempts to win her back seemed to have failed but she seemed willing to forgive him after reading a romantic list of her characteristics written by Marlon. On New Year's Eve 2003, Trisha was injured during a storm when lighting struck which resulted in the Woolpack's chimney collapsing on top of her. Trisha was found alive and rushed to hospital but suffered a heart attack. The hospital staff managed to revive her but it took a long time and subsequent tests revealed she had suffered serious brain damage. Doctors told Marlon that she was declared brain dead and that it would be kinder to let her go. Marlon took some convincing to agree to her life support machine being turned off but he did eventually. Trisha died and was later buried.

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