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Isobel Steele - things you didn't know about the Emmerdale actress

Isobel Steele
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Isobel Steele attends the British Soap Awards at The Lowry Theatre on June 01, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

From who her best friends are in the Emmerdale cast, to her amazing secret talent...

Isobel Steele has been wowing Emmerdale fans with her role as Liv Flaherty since February 2016, winning numerous awards for her portrayal of Aaron Dingle's half sister.

Since appearing in Emmerdale Liv has become the first ever asexual character to appear in a British soap, and she has also been at the centre of some huge storylines with Aaron, played by Danny Miller and the rest of the Dingle family.

But how much do you know about Isobel herself?

Most fans of the actress will know that:

  • She won a British Soap Award in 2018 for Best Young Actor
  • She went to Phillips High School in Manchester
  • She's released her own album called 'Sounds from the Lounge'

But what else do we know about Isobel Steele? Here are several things you probably don't know about the Emmerdale actress...

1. Isobel Steele started acting at just 8 years old

Isobel was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, on the 28 December 2000, and Emmerdale isn't her first acting job. Before she arrived in the Dales, Isobel appeared in adverts between 2008 and 2010 for Park Foods, Iceland, Harveys Furniture and Bernard Matthews. Following that, she also played the role of Barbara in Our Zoo, and appeared in short film A Father's Day as a character called Chloe.

2. Danny Miller is like her big brother 

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According to Isobel, Danny Miller, who plays Emmerdale’s Aaron and also her on-screen half brother, is like a real life big brother to her as well. When she first joined the show Danny taught Isobel how to organise her scripts in order to make it easier to learn her lines, as well as showing her how to get into character before filming by spending a bit of time preparing back stage.

3. Isobel Steele’s an amazing singer and songwriter

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Acting isn’t the only talent that Isobel has on her CV - she also writes her own songs and posts videos of her singing them on her YouTube channel. She has also released her own EP called 'Sounds from the Lounge'. The actress told Inside Soap magazine: "It’s just something I have always done. I’ve enjoyed the piano from a young age. I had lessons, and now write songs, so I thought I might as well share them. My music taste varies a lot, but from the start someone who has inspired me is Adele. She writes her own music and is brilliant."

4. Her younger brother doesn't like watching her on TV

As well as having Danny Miller acting like a big brother to her, Isobel also has a real life younger brother called Conrad. But don’t go thinking that Conrad is tuning in to watch his sister on Emmerdale… Isobel has admitted that while they’re very close and he’s super supportive of what she does, she thinks her brother prefers playing on his Xbox to watching her act on telly! 

5. She goes on holiday with her Emmerdale co-stars 

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You’d think that with their long hours together filming, the Emmerdale cast might be glad to have a break from each other when they go home. But it seems the claims that soap sets are like one big, happy family are true because Isobel likes to go on holiday with co-star buddy Eden Taylor-Draper, who plays Belle Dingle. The pair have been to Copenhagen for the weekend, and now Isobel has got Morocco, New Zealand and America on her list of places to go.

6. She hates walking the red carpet

While Isobel has revealed she loves going along to big awards dos, she doesn't enjoy getting glammed up for the occasion. She told Inside Soap magazine: "It’s not my thing at all, I feel more comfortable in joggers. It’s all good fun, though. Everyone thinks there’s rivalry between the soaps, but when you see people at these dos we all have a good time".

7. She's a talented photographer

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Isobel's Instagram is full of beautiful images of every day objects that she's taken and shared with her 99,000 followers. From people to landscapes, it seems the young actress has a real eye for knowing what will make a good picture.

Isobel Steele's Fact File 

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

How old is she?

Isobel Steele's age is 19. She was born on 28th December 2000.

Where was she born?

Isobel Steel was born in Salford, Manchester.

How tall is she?

Isobel Steel is 5ft.

Instagram: @isobelsteelee

Twitter: @Isobel_steele


Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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.

Picture credits: Main image of Isobel Steele - Getty Images 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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 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.