Emmerdale’s Mandy Dingle causes a stir with unexpected Bear romance

Over the past few months, fans of the ITV soap have watched as Mandy Dingle (played by (Lisa Riley) has been helping Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt) with his mental health.

After calling it a day with wife Chas (Lucy Pargeter), once her long-running affair was exposed, Emmerdale viewers have seen Paddy find comfort in his ex-partner.

However, despite sleeping together and sharing a few kisses, it became clear to Mandy her feelings were stronger for Paddy so she decided to back off.

Despite pining for him, Mandy was determined to put on a brave face and move on by joining some dating apps.

Although she’s hoping the virtual world will bring her some luck in love, she may not have to look so far.

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Speaking in the Woolpack, Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards) starts to see Mandy in a different light.

On the lookout, for love himself, Bear starts to think he might have a chance with Mandy and is hopeful that their relationship can blossom.

However, will Mandy be able to put her feelings for Bear’s son aside and explore a potential connection? Or will fans see Paddy realise he doesn’t want to lose her altogether?

A theory by Express.co.uk suggests that Mandy decides to play into Bear’s feelings in an attempt to make Paddy jealous.

After his father and ex form a new bond, Paddy’s unable to accept their new relationship altogether and demands they stop things before it gets too far.

It looks as though a jealousy tactic could be the way forward for a reunion between Paddy and Mandy as actress Lisa Riley teased a rekindling.

Speaking to Inside Soap, the soap star revealed their romance is a waiting game, Lisa commented: “She's so frightened of getting hurt.

“We've got to play it out because Paddy's poorly."

The duo have had an on-off relationship since getting together in 1999, the same year they got married, before filing for divorce in 2001.

Lisa added: “It's what the audience wants, but Paddy has to get well. Mandy knows him getting well is the better ending."

"You can't give the audience that too quickly. Otherwise, it's just like 'And then what?'".

Emmerdale continues weekdays on ITV from 7pm.

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