Emmerdale star Eden Taylor-Draper has been a firm fixture on screens for nearly 20 years as Belle Dingle. The British actress hails from North Yorkshire with the ITV soap being her biggest part to date. Express.co.uk has the lowdown on the soap star including her age.
How old is Emmerdale star Eden Taylor-Draper?
Eden was born in Selby, Yorkshire on 28 October 1997 and is 24-years-old and not too far off her character’s age.
In contrast, Belle was born on Christmas Day 1998 and she is 23-years-old and is the youngest daughter of Zak (Steve Halliwell) and Lisa (Jane Cox).
She wasn’t the first actress to portray Belle with the role previously played by Emily Mather between 1998 and 2005.
Eden has been in the role for 17 years after first starring in the ITV soap back when she was just eight-years-old.
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Emmerdale is her biggest role to date and she previously appeared in a short video called The Cardiac Oak in 2007.
Over her time on Emmerdale, Eden has won numerous awards including a British Soap Award, an Inside Soap Award, and a Yorkshire Young Achievers Award.
She has two younger siblings, sister Francesca and brother Sebastian.
Eden has spoken about her sister Francesca’s cancer diagnosis when she was just 14-years-old.
Both Eden and her sister Francesca now serve as ambassadors for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The two sisters appeared on ITV’s Lorraine together to raise awareness about cancer among teenagers and toll on mental health.
Speaking about the moment she found out about her sister’s illness while filming on Emmerdale, Eden said: “We were on a tea break and they said, ‘Just go. Whatever you need, we’re here.’
“And I was just in shock but yeah they gave me a mont off while chess was in intensive chemo I could be there. Yeah, they were amazing.”
Despite the cancer diagnosis, the two sisters were brought closer together by the ordeal.
Eden said: “It’s so nice that we found this friendship within being sisters through this experience and we couldn’t be closer.”
Francesca said she is doing better now in the interview from 2021. She turned 18 back in April this year with Eden posting a shot of them together on her Instagram account.
She shared the picture with her 100,000 followers and wrote: “My bestie just turned 18.”
Emmerdale continues on ITV tonight at 7.30pm