Emmerdale’s @LucyParge insists she wants to see more hot men in the soap
WOOLPACK landlady, Lucy Pargeter, is desperate for her Emmerdale bosses to bring more hot men to the Yorkshire Dales.
Since the 34-year-old, who plays Chastity ‘Chas’ Dingle, arrived in the village a decade ago – dressed as a nun for her cousin Marlon’s stag night – her character has dated a string of men and had a rocky on/off relationship with Carl King.
Once she even woke up beside a dead man after a one-night stand dare.
Over the coming weeks, Chas will be seen getting closer to John Barton, who has split with wife Moira after she had an affair with Cain Dingle.
But Lucy moaned: “There’s not much to choose from in the village that’s available, single, still walking or has his own teeth.
“It would be nice if they just brought in anything.
“Personally I’d like the actor Tom Hardy, who was in Bronson and Warrior. That would be very nice. He’d make a good farmer.
“He could put his hand to anything,” she added with a fruity laugh.
She will probably have to wait, though, given Tom’s burgeoning Hollywood career.
So for the moment Chas is flirting with farmer John, the estranged husband of Moira, played by Scot actress Natalie J. Robb.
Lucy is worried that if the relationship gets stronger, Moira may come looking for her with a Glasgow kiss.
She laughed: “I’d be worried if Natalie and I had to have a fight ,although I think it would be a good match.
“They are very compatible when it comes to anger and being on edge. A fight between them in the Woolpack, and to have these two strong woman warring, would be very interesting.”
Lucy’s life is far less complicated than that of her Emmerdale alter-ego.
She has been with her fiancé Rudi Coleano, a football coach who used to play in goal for Barnsley, for nearly 10 years. They live in Leeds with daughter Lola, six.
Wedding bells are still a distant way off though, as Lucy joked: “I barely have time to do the shopping let alone plan for a wedding.”
Lucy also has a down-to-earth view of being a working mum, even though her long filming hours sometimes mean she is away before Lola is awake and only back when she isin bed asleep.
The Nottingham-born actress said: “She’s never known anything else. It’s mummy’s work and what I do.
“I have weeks when I’m not working for a few days and I’m a stay-at-home mum doing the school run.
“And I have weeks where she’ll be in bed asleep when I get back and I leave the house before she’s woken up. But we have weekends.
“That’s what weekends are for. They are completely dedicated to her.
“We have girly weekends with a lunch then taking her to ballet or riding.”
Lucy is also matter-of-fact about cosmetic surgery. She’s already had two boob jobs as well as liposuction, botox and fillers, and has no truck with anyone that criticises her choice.
She said: “I think everyone is an individual and everyone’s opinions are individual and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you what to do or what not to do.
“It’s a very personal thing and if I chose to do it then that’s my choice and I don’t care what anybody else thinks.”
However, she does care about the PIP breast implants scandal, which has left thousands of women scared about their health.
Although she didn’t have them, Lucy thinks that clinics who are refusing to pay for the implants to be removed are “disgusting”.
She said: “I think it’s shocking that they have actually got implanted into so many people and nothing was found or investigated before now.
“I think the private companies have a responsibility to their clients.
“They can’t just back off and say ‘No we won’t take them out, we’ll let the NHS take them out and we won’t replace them’.
“It’s faulty goods. If you take a piece of clothing home and a seam goes you can take it back and geta refund.
“A lot of people can say ‘they messed with their bodies, it’s their own fault’ - but it’s about women’s lives and health.
“It should be sorted out. The NHS have got enough to do.
“Private companies have a duty to put right what they’ve put in people’s bodies.
“Then medical companies say if they did this they’d go broke. It’s disgusting. Accept responsibility and get on with it.”
No wonder Emmerdale bosses made Lucy a co-owner of the Woolpack.
On and off screen she’s all about friendship and sticking together and sees her fellow actors as friends not colleagues.
“We are very close-knit on Emmerdale,” she said, getting ready for shooting a scene and getting into today’s costume of black jeans and blue top.
“We spend more time together than we see our families most of the time. People find that when they come in here and they don’t knuckle down and get on with it they don’t last very long.”
Sadly for Lucy, some of her friends are leaving. Chas’s son Aaron, played by Danny Miller, has announced he’s quitting the soap.
And Pauline Quirke, who played the mum of Aaron’s boyfriend, Jackson, has also left.
Lucy said: “Danny, Pauline and I didn’t get through a day without being told off for laughing too much.
“The last couple of years, with Aaron coming out and Jackson’s assisted suicide storyline and now Aaron’s self-harming, there have been a lot of heavy days.
“You have to giggle your way through them. You have to lighten the mood if it’s too heavy for Danny.
“It would have been horrendous for him because his character has gone through so much.”
Lucy is now hoping Chas, who has been the concerned mother for so long, will have a year of fun.
Her flirtatious relationship with John will getter hotter, although Lucy says Chas doesn’t want to hurt Moira, especially as they work together.
And there’s always Carl King (Tom Lister).
She said: “I hope Chas and Carl get back together. There’s a lot of unfinished business there.”
Happy at Emmerdale, although she worries it’s not a quiet place to live and you never know when a plane, storm or explosion is going to hit, Lucy has been a soap face since 2002.
The actress has played Helen Raven in Crossroads for ayear, as well as Chastity Dingle off and on since 2002. She has been a full cast member since 2005.
But she has other talents. She was a member of girlband Paperdolls, who toured with Boyzone in the late 90s.
She also sang as Emma Bunton in Stars In Their Eyes and came third in Soapstar Superstar.
Just don’t ask her to take part in Dancing on Ice.
She laughed: “I can’t even ride a bike. I have no balance so there’s no chance I could get on the skates.
“I would fall straight over, cut my throat open with a skate and damage myself seriously.
“I’d be good at going into the jungle on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as I’m more of aGI Jane. I’ll have a crack at anything.”
Emmerdale, STV Monday to Friday at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm every Thursday.
written by Jan 28 2012 by Rick Fulton