7 things you didn’t know about Emmerdale’s Eden Taylor-Draper - AKA Belle Dingle

Eden Taylor Draper
Eden Taylor Draper

Here's everything you need to know about Emmerdale star Eden Taylor-Draper...

She’s been part of the Dingle dynasty for what feels like forever, but despite being in Emmerdale since she was a child, there’s plenty more to actress Eden Taylor-Draper, who plays Belle Dingle, than working in the Yorkshire Dales…

Most fans of the actress will know that:

  • She's close with her Emmerdale co-stars, particularly Emma Atkins and Isobel Steele
  • She runs for charity and in 2016 raised money for Bloodwise by running the Great North Run
  • She once stared in a short film called The Cardiac Oak

But what else do we know about Eden Taylor-Draper? Here are several things you probably don't know...

1. She’s been in the soap since she was just 6 years old

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Eden joined Emmerdale in 2005 after taking over the role from previous actress, Emily Mather. Talking about starring in a huge TV show from such an early age, Eden once told the Sunday Post: “I didn’t even think of it as a job. I just thought I’d come here, meet some nice people, say some words and go home. It was only when I was 13 I started to think this could be a career.”

2. She loves a quiet night in

After a long week filming, it’s not surprising that one of Eden’s favourite ways to wind down is by spending time with her friends watching TV. She told us: “I see my friends at weekends, my favourite thing to do is hang out with them for a sleepover and go to bed at 7pm watching Netflix with a Chinese takeaway.”

3. She’s nothing like her character

Belle pleads with Lachlan to let her see Sam

Eden has enjoyed some huge storylines in Emmerdale as Belle (Picture: ITV)

Thankfully, Eden isn’t like her on screen alter ego - in fact she’s very level headed and works hard. Talking about working on Emmerdale, Eden told us: “There is no time for me to go off the rails like Belle. I go home and learn my lines and I am in bed by 9pm!”

4. She’s totally loved up

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Eden has been with her boyfriend, Ed, since 2016 and she often shares pictures of them both with her 78.7k followers on Instagram - recently treating fans to a glimpse of their exotic holiday to Sri Lanka!

5. She hates her dad watching her kissing scenes

While she might not be a man-eater like some of her fellow Dingles, Belle has still had her fair share of love interests over the years. And despite Eden being comfortable with kissing on screen, the same can’t be said when it comes to her dad watching the scenes. She told us: “It’s not really the sort of thing I want my dad watching. He texted me the other night to say it was really weird seeing me flirt on TV!”

6. She’s a family girl at heart

When Eden’s not juggling her busy schedule filming at Emmerdale, she loves nothing more than spending time with her family. She has got two younger sisters who she is very close to, and likes to share pictures with her fans of her siblings on her social media pages.

7. Eden doesn’t talk to her friends about Emmerdale

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Eden as Belle in Emmerdale, but she reveals she doesn't talk to her mates about her famous job (Picture: ITV)

When you’ve grown up working on a show like Emmerdale, it seems your friends are no longer impressed by your showbiz lifestyle! Eden told us: “My friends don’t ask me about Emmerdale. It’s not something that interests them and I wouldn’t want it any other way!”


Eden Taylor-Draper's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the actress....

How old is she?

Eden Taylor-Draper's age is 23. She was born on 28th October 1997.

Does she have children?

Eden Taylor-Draper isn't married and doesn't have any children.

Where was she born?

Eden Taylor-Draper was born in Selby, North Yorkshire.

How tall is she?

Eden Taylor-Draper is 5ft 2.

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Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays - see our TV Guide for full listings.

We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.

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Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.