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Emmerdale's Lucy Pargeter gives birth to twin girls after revealing storyline that will see her signed off the soap

Mirror logo Mirror 20/04/2017 Vicki Newman
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Lucy Pargeter has given birth to twin baby girls.

The actress, who plays Chas Dingle in Emmerdale , welcomed the new arrivals with her partner Rudi Coleano last week.

The couple already have an 11-year-old daughter, Lola.

A spokeswoman for the ITV soap said in a statement: "Lucy Pargeter and Rudi Coleano are delighted to announce the birth of their twin girls who were born on Thursday, April 13.

"All are happy and healthy and Lola is delighted to have finally become a big sister."

It comes after Lucy opened up about the storyline that will see her signed off from Emmerdale while she's on maternity leave.

Lucy, 40, has explained how her character will be temporarily written out of the Yorkshire Dales-set soap which she has starred in for 15 years.

Chas has been taking care of Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele), her son Aaron's (Danny Miller) half-sister while he is in prison as her mother lives in Ireland.

The soap star said: "Liv's mum has had an accident in Ireland where she lives and Chas sees herself as Liv's acting mother because Aaron is in prison still.

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"She decides to take Liv over to Ireland to see her mum.

"It'll be me gone for a while, but not too long, depending. I'll be back very soon.

"Fictionally, I'm in Ireland, having a lovely summer."

Chas will also be keen for an excuse to leave the village as her own estranged mother, Faith (Sally Dexter), has been trying to work her way back into the Dingle family's lives.

Lucy revealed: "Chas is determined she isn't going to make things up with Faith, she's determined that she doesn't need her in her life and would rather she just went back to wherever she came from.

"She's not keen on her wheedling her way into the family.

"Everyone else seems to be softening around the edges towards her and can't see what Chas's problem is."

She added: "Faith is a reminder that Chas has been an awful parent in the past."

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