Belle Dingle has been in Emmerdale since 1998. She’s had several romances and been involved in several storylines.
But most recently she has been supporting cousin Noah Dingle as he went to court.
Noah was sentenced to three months in prison for stalking and harassing Chloe Harris and Belle is one of the only villagers trying to be there for him.
But how old is Belle Dingle and who plays her?
Here’s all we know…
How old is Belle in Emmerdale?
Belle Dingle’s full name is Tinkerbelle Lisa Dingle. She was born on Christmas Day 1998 and is the daughter of Lisa and Zak Dingle. She is currently 23 years old.
Her birth came as a shock to her family as Lisa had no idea she was pregnant. She was delivered by vet Paddy Kirk and was born in the Wishing Well cottage pigsty.
Belle has five half brothers and a half sister. Her half-brothers are Nathan Dingle, Ben Dingle, Butch Dingle, Sam Dingle and Cain Dingle. However Ben and Butch have died.
Her half-sister is Tina Dingle. Only Sam and Cain currently live in the village.
Who plays Belle in Emmerdale?
Belle was originally played by twins James and Emily Mather. James stopped playing Belle in 2000 however Emily continued the role until 2005.
In 2005, Eden Taylor-Draper began playing the character and has played her since.
Belle Emmerdale: Who has she dated?
When Belle was 11 she had a crush on her friend Will Wylde and declared her love to him before he left the village after his mum Natasha murdered his dad Mark.
Her first real boyfriend was Dan and Ali Spencer’s son Sean who she kissed on her 13th birthday. However their relationship was complicated as he got her best friend Gemma Andrews pregnant.
Then came Luke Salter, an ex of Gemma. Belle really wanted Luke to be the first boy she slept with but cousin Debbie grassed them up and Lisa put a stop to it.
She also had brief romances with Sean’s friend Thomas King and Kirin Kotecha.
Later Belle had an affair with married doctor Jermaine Bailey. She faked a pregnancy to keep him by her side.
However things soured and when he moved to America, she decided to stay in the village.
Her next serious relationship was Lachlan White. But she was horrified when she found out he was a serial killer.
What happened between Belle and Jamie Tate?
Believe it or not there was a time when Belle and Jamie were in love. Belle and Jamie met when he first arrived in the village in 2019.
The two worked at the vets together and grew closer when he split with Andrea.
Belle began having an affair with Jamie, although he had got back together with his wife Andrea.
When Andrea found out about Jamie’s affair she was devastated. However Jamie soon ran over Belle’s sister-in-law Moira Dingle.
He went to Andrea after the incident and his mum Kim helped him to cover up what happened.
When the Dingles found out what Jamie did, Belle seemed to side with her boyfriend. But she tricked him into showing her where the car parts linking him to the crime were.
However things took a twist when Jamie pinned the crime on Belle. As it looked like she should be going back to prison, her nephew Nate stepped in and took blame for the hit and run.
Nate got a suspended sentence. But the stress and guilt over Nate got to Belle.
Belle, who has schizophrenia, stopped taking her medication and she began to hear her mum Lisa’s voice.
Belle began to see Jamie everywhere and took a knife. She almost stabbed Nate’s pregnant girlfriend Tracy, thinking she was Jamie.
After that, Belle received help. However she was unable to forgive Jamie for what he put her through.
Belle and Ellis Chapman
Belle and Ellis had started to fall for each other when he left for Dubai.
After spending a few months working out there, he returned (with a new face!) and things were strained between them. It was clear they had drifted apart.
Towards the end of 2021 Belle and Ellis started to get close again.
However he ended up moving to Australia in February 2022 for a new job and things between the couple came to an end.
Recently Noah Dingle was stalking and harassing Chloe Harris.
After he was caught, his mum Charity made the decision to report him to the police.
Noah was furious with his mother and wanted to move out of her house.
Belle offered for him to stay at Wishing Well cottage and has been trying to support him.
However this week he was sentenced to three months in prison.
Emmerdale usually airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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