‘Was gutting’ Lucy Pargeter ‘insecure’ about Emmerdale future after Chas Dingle loses pub

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Lucy Pargeter has shared that one particular Emmerdale storyline was “upsetting and unsettling” for both herself and her character. The actress explained how, when her character Chas Dingle lost The Woolpack pub, she was left feeling very uncertain about her future with the soap. 

Lucy, 44, is an Emmerdale legend and is in fact celebrating her 20th anniversary on the show this year. 

However, now, the actress seems to be in a state of worry that this year could be her last on the popular ITV soap. 

A recent storyline on the show saw Lucy’s character, Chas Dingle, lose The Woolpack – a pub that has kept the publican in the centre of the soap’s drama for the past decade. 

When asked about how she felt to be losing a significant part of her character’s life after so long, the star admitted that it wasn’t easy for her to let go.

“It’s bizarre,” Lucy admitted in an interview with The Daily Mirror. “It’s fictional, I don’t really own a pub, but that bar is like my second home and when I found out I no longer owned it, my heart sank.

“It was upsetting and unsettling, not only for my character, but for me too. I wondered, ‘Well, what’s my role in the village now? What else can I do?’

“It was gutting and made me feel even more insecure about my job,” she continued. 

“Every year I wonder if I’m still good enough to be on the show. And it’s not just when my contract is up for renewal – I worry through the year.

“If there’s a serial killer on the loose, you think, ‘Is it my time to go?’ It’s always unnerving when we’ve got big storylines coming up, or events like the 50th anniversary this year.

“I immediately think, ‘Oh God, they’re going to have to do something big for the 50th. Do they need to kill off a long-standing character in a spectacular way? Is that my exit?’”

In October of this year, Emmerdale will celebrate 50 years of being on our screens.

With Chas and Marlon (Mark Charnock) waving goodbye to their beloved pub, the Metro revealed that Lucy has hinted that things will be very busy leading up to the event. 

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“I’m walking into the unknown,” she said.

“I’ve got a little idea of what will be happening in the run-up to the 50th, which is filling me with a few butterflies. I think it’s going to be a busy one! 

“I don’t know what Chas’ role in the village is going to be, but I kind of know what’s going to be happening with the people around me. 

“It’s another one of those starts of the year where you go: ‘Oh gosh! I’ve got all that to do before the end of the year! I’ve got to focus!’”

Emmerdale boss Jane Hudson said of the celebrations: “We’re going to be having a golden month of celebration to mark our 50th. 

“There are going to be mind blowing stunts, more heartbreaks, secrets and lies are revealed, it’s going to be the gift that keeps on giving and the party no one wants to end.”

Lucy won a British Soap Award for Best Actress in 2019 for her role in Emmerdale.

Aside from her work on the soap, Lucy also finished third in the 13th series of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

Emmerdale airs on ITV every weekday at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm airing tonight.

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