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Strictly's Lisa in Wirral today for booksigning
FORMER Emmerdale and Strictly Come Dancing star Lisa Riley stops off in Birkenhead this afternoon to sign copies of her autobiography.
The entertainer, who played Mandy Dingle in the ITV soap, is at WHSmith in Grange Precinct at 3pm signing copies of Never Judge A Book By Its Cover.
Looking forward to the visit, Bury-born Lisa told the Globe this week: "I love coming to Merseyside.
"Everytime I've been there, there's always great reception; which is something I particularly found when I appeared in Calendar Girls at the Liverpool Empire. So it’s nice to get a chance to return."
The book is described by publisher Orion as 'an inspirational read about self-confidence and overcoming prejudice'.
Lisa continued: "It is my opportunuty to spread the word about my career so far.
"To say that I'm excited about my book coming out would be a total understatement.
"It's my chance to spread the word about obstacles you face in life, but one of its biggest messages is to be yourself.
"When we sat down to come up with a title, one of the suggestions was Lisa Riley My Life.
"I thought 'hang on, that's not right because I’m only 37 and haven’t had my life'. So we came up with a better title."
Lisa became a household name as Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale, a role she played for more than six years.
As a presenter, she has fronted programmes like You've Been Framed and the ground breaking series Fat Friends.
Stage roles include appearances in Calendar Girls. She won the nation's hearts in Strictly Come Dancing last year.
Starting out as "the one to laugh at" surprising everyone, not least the judges, with her dance skills.
Lisa made it through to the semi-finals, but missed out a place in this weekend's big final.
Since then she has been heavily involved with Strictly on It Takes Two with Zoe Ball and Strictly Confidential - a two month tour last year directed by Craig Revel-Horwood and told through Lisa's eyes.
She rejoins the tour in January. On her success on the show, Lisa said: "It's so bizarre to think since last year, I’ve done so much with the show.
"People didn't believe I could dance but I think I managed to open quite a few eyes.
"I started at 88-1 and ended up at 6-1 to win.
"I loved every minute of it and my dance partner Robin Windsor and I went as far as the semi-finals."
On the latest band of Strictly contestants, Lisa said: "I'm rooting for Mark Benton and Susanna Reid. Since they started they have put the work in and are doing so well."
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