Jane Cox

Jane Cox (born 13 May 1952) is an English actress, known for her role as Lisa Dingle in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, a role she portrayed from 1996 to 2019 and again briefly in 2020. In 2011, she was nominated for the British Soap Award for Best Actress for her portrayal.

Jane Cox
Cox in 2013
Born (1952-05-13) 13 May 1952
London, England
Years active1980–present
Known forAllsorts (1991–1995)
Emmerdale (1996–2020)


Cox has starred in episodes of Coronation Street, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and The Bill. Her most notable pre-Emmerdale role was playing JJ in the children's entertainment series Allsorts from 1991 to 1995.[1] She has also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[2]

In March 2019, Cox announced that she would be leaving Emmerdale after 23 years of portraying Lisa Dingle. She made her final physical appearance on 24 May 2019, but made a voiceover appearance on 6 June 2019 in a farewell to her character.[3] However, Cox briefly reprised the role for several voice cameos over the course of October and November 2020.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 My Father's House Sister Series 1: Episode 1
The Spoils of War Nurse Episode: "Winter Wedding"
1986, 1988 The Return of the Antelope Ethel the Cook 7 episodes
1986 The Monocled Mutineer Unnamed Episode: "A Dead Man on Leave"
1987 Bulman Diana White Episode: "Death by Misadventure"
1988 Testimony: The Story of Shostakovich The Widow Film
1991 Coronation Street Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes
1991–1995 Allsorts JJ Series regular
1994 Brookside Counsellor 1 episode
The Bill Mrs. Cattini Episode: "Licensed to Kill"
1995 The Governor Sarah Smith Series 1: Episode 2
Ghostbusters of East Finchley Brenda 2 episodes
1996 Hetty Wainthrop Investigates Aileen Episode: "A High Profile"
1996–2020 Emmerdale Lisa Dingle Series regular; 2,600 episodes
1997 Emmerdale: The Dingles Down Under Direct-to-video; Emmerdale spin-off film
2001 Lily Savage's Blankety Blank Herself Series 15: Episode 17
2010 Emmerdale: The Dingles For Richer for Poorer Lisa Dingle Direct-to-video; Emmerdale spin-off film
2011 Mrs Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room Mrs. Libby Short film

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2005 The British Soap Awards Best Actress Nominated [5]
2011 The British Soap Awards Best Actress Shortlisted [6]
2011 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actress Nominated [7]
2011 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Nominated [8]
2019 Inside Soap Awards Best Exit Won [9]


  1. "What was Jane Cox in before Emmerdale?". Sheffield Forum. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 20 May 2001. ITV.
  3. Kilkelly, Daniel (8 March 2019). "Emmerdale star confirms exit for Lisa Dingle". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  4. Westbrook, Caroline (15 October 2020). "Is Jane Cox returning to Emmerdale to voice Lisa Dingle?". Metro. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  5. "British Television Soap Awards". thecustard.tv. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  6. Kilkelly, Daniel (14 May 2011). "British Soap Awards 2011: The Winners". Digital Spy.
  7. Wightman, Catriona (18 May 2011). "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 – Nominees". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  8. Love, Ryan (11 July 2011). "In Full: Inside Soap Awards 2011 Nominees". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  9. "Meet your Inside Soap Awards 2019 winners!". Inside Soap. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
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