Who is Anna Nightingale? Inside Emmerdale actress’ family life away from soap as Andrea Tate

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Anna Nightingale has been causing drama as the feisty Andrea Tate ever since she joined Emmerdale in summer 2019.

She arrived as Jamie Tate's secret wife and mother of his child Millie, who he had been hiding from his estranged mum Kim Tate, played by Claire King.

Alexander Lincoln's character has caused his own problems within his family unit, however, as his affair with Belle Dingle (Eden Taylor-Draper) was discovered by Andrea.

Instead of attempting to get revenge a bitter Andrea is planning on winning Jamie back by driving a wedge between the lovers, as she knows he was the one behind the wheel that ran over Moira Dingle.


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Anna, 29, said landing her role as Andrea Tate was a dream come true especially acting opposite her onscreen mother-in-law Claire King, who plays Kim Tate.

"I couldn’t believe it. I was hit by the enormity of it all. It’s always that little voice in your head that goes, ‘Are you sure you can do this?’ It’s imposter syndrome. A lot of actors have it," she told the Daily Star.

"It’s been such a whirlwind. It’s still sinking in. Emmerdale is such an iconic show."

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But who is Anna Nightingale away from her role as "badass" Andrea Tate? Let's take a look at her life offscreen…

Who plays Andrea Tate on Emmerdale?

Anna Nightingale grew up in Manchester and left home to attend the famous Brit School, which she attended along the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele and Jessie J.

The multi-talented star, who juggles her home in London with filming in Leeds, said: "I was lucky to go into theatre straight after, but I’d have been happy with a music career too.

“My first ever TV show was Ashes to Ashes with Keeley Hawes, Philip Glenister and, of course, our very own Dean Andrews who is now in Emmerdale, which was just brilliant."

Anna has also appeared in Mouth to Mouth, Doctors, Misfits, My Mad Fat Diary, as well as playing Princess Margaret in ITV drama Snowdon and Margaret.

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Is Anna Nightingale married and does she have children?

Anna has a long-term partner named Daren who she met ten years ago through work.

She told Inside Soap: "He used to work in music, and we kind of just met through some mutual friends. We worked together for a year or so, and then one evening I think I probably had too many glasses of wine, and I declared my undying love for him."


Anna joked that Daren would recall the story differently and she worried she had ruined their friendship: "But fortunately the feelings were reciprocated, and the rest is history."

The couple have three year old daughter Autumn together, which Anna says is her "greatest achievement".

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