Inside Emmerdale star Emma Atkins’ real life away from playing iconic character Charity Dingle

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Emmerdale star Emma Atkins has played Charity Dingle on the hit soap since 2000.

However, the 45-year-old actress is wholly different to her on-screen counterpart.

Speaking to OK! Magazine after returning from maternity leave, Emma said: “I did wonder if Charity might have changed after being in jail, but then in my first episode she was robbing a Ferrari – so there was no way!

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"I love playing her because she’s such a badass.”

But what is the actress like in real life?

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Well contrary to “badass” Charity, Emma’s favourite hobby is far more wholesome than stealing cars. In fact, the actress is actually a keen nature photographer.

Her Instagram feed , which has over 166k followers, is filled with gorgeous nature shots of landscapes, trees and animals around her Yorkshire home.

It is also very apparent that she lives a family-centric life with her son Tom, five, and partner Albert… and of course their adorable black fluffy dog.

She is a hands on mother and, like many others, balances her maternal duties with working hard.

Emma once told OK!, following her maternity leave, that: “I was trying to learn my lines yesterday and Albert was really grabbing everything! It was so messy.

"But I have managed to balance it – I don’t know how!”

The family live in a gorgeous and very colourful, cosy home. The space is filled with a myriad of colourful blankets, rugs and throw pillows as well as patterned wallpaper.

Although we are entering into a second lockdown, there definitely seems to be worse places to be hauled up.

Aside from her acting career, the star also spends her time helping others.

She once took part in a 40 mile walk in aid of Lancashire Women’s Centres.

After which she told Lancashire Telegraph: “I felt privileged when I was asked to lend my support, especially after the recent storyline I’ve been involved in.

"I was so excited to walk the walk and meet everyone who is part of such a wonderful community.”

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The star has had a long-spanning career having previously appeared in other shows including Doctors, Heartbeat and Casualty during her four year break from 2005 to 2009.

We are sure her future will be full of great things, but sincerely hope she continues on as Charity on Emmerdale!

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