In a heartfelt Instagram post, Emmerdale star Lisa Riley addressed fans’ comments over Eric Pollard’s (Chris Chittell) Parkinson’s disease plot.
Following the airing of scenes in which Eric confides in Mandy about his condition, the Mandy Dingle actress disclosed that she has been inundated with fan correspondence.
Mandy was one of several family members requested to give an alibi for her whereabouts on the night that Craig Reed (Ben Addis) was killed, during a momentous week for the Dingles.
Viewers discovered that Mandy had been with Eric, who had informed her that he had Parkinson’s disease, in flashback sequences that exposed the reality of her travels.
When Eric vowed to keep it a secret and insisted that he preferred to handle things alone, Mandy was appalled.
Lisa Riley was grateful that so many people connected with this touching story and quickly contacted the actors.
Under a still from the actual show, she commented, “I’m away on holiday and I’ve been awakened up to your gorgeous, beautiful, nice words regarding last nights program.”
“First of all, thank you. Secondly, I think it’s great that the Chitters have such a strong, emotional plot. I hope you all enjoy seeing how it develops over the next few months.”
“Let’s see what’s next! Parkinson’s has impacted so many, many individuals.”
Followers flocked to the post’s comments section to commend Lisa and Chris’s performances and provide personal anecdotes.
Chris and you both did fantastic acting. As the plot develops, I want to see more of this pair,’ commented one.
It was a very personal sickness for a lot of individuals, and it was quite emotional. Another person commented, “You were great, and I did fill up when you were sobbing.”
Regarding the narrative’s accountability, Chris Chittell stated:
“I am really honored to have been assigned this plot.” Parkinson’s disease targets a great deal of people in an indiscriminate, dishonest, and cruel way.
“I want to give this tale the honor it deserves for the bravest individuals who are suffering the most from this illness.”