Inside Emmerdale April star’s life – real age, famous siblings and family snaps

Inside Emmerdale April star’s life – real age, famous siblings and family snaps

April 26, 2022

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Amelia Flanagan made her mark back in April 2014 when she was cast as April Windsor in Emmerdale.

The 13-year-old actress was just six years old when she made her soap acting debut and eight years later, continues to wow fans with her brilliant performances.

The teen stars as the late Donna Windsor and Marlon Dingle's daughter and has quite literally grown up on our screens.

Amelia has taken on several hard-hitting storylines as April has had her fair share of trauma since arriving on the popular ITV soap.

The youngster's toughest storylines include coming to terms with her mother's terminal diagnosis, coping with her mother's heartbreaking death and being at the centre of a gut-wrenching bullying storyline.

She has thoroughly showcased her impressive acting skills, displayed through the awards she's taken home, including Best Young Actor at the Inside Soap Awards for three years in a row and The British Soap Awards' Best Young Performance in 2015.

As April struggles to come to terms with her dad Marlon Dingle's life-changing stroke, Daily Star has taken a look into the talented youngster's life off screen.

Home life

Amelia was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire to proud parents Rachel and Chris Flanagan

When she isn't filming for Emmerdale, it seems Amelia spends plenty of time with her parents and younger siblings.

The youngster's Instagram page is full of snaps sharing her latest adventures and having fun with her brother and sister.

In October last year, April posted pictures alongside her younger twin siblings while enjoying a Halloween themed day of fun.

Back in August, she shared a throwback snap of herself with her siblings while they were out exploring London.

Amelia keeps her fans updated with life on the Emmerdale set as she's also shared pics with her co-stars, including her on screen dad Mark Charnock and Gemma Atkinson.

Famous siblings

Amelia has two siblings – Isabella and William- both of whom star in Coronation Street.

The twin siblings burst onto the cobbles in 2017 and have been playing the roles of cousins Hope Stape and Joseph Brown ever since.

Isabella has revealed it was Amelia who inspired her to get into acting and said: "I've wanted to be on TV for a long time, my sister has been in Emmerdale since she was five and I love watching her.

"My audition was a really fun script and I was so excited when Ology (her casting agency) rang my mum to give us the good news."

The 11-year-old added: "Everyone at Corrie is lovely and friendly and the canteen serves amazing food, I'm really looking forward to watching myself on the telly!"

Family snaps

Amelia's mum, Rachel, runs a separate Instagram account to Amelia's and regularly posts snaps of the Flanagan family.

Just a few days ago, the proud mum posted a picture of her and Amelia while on holiday in Lanzarote.

The family account, which boasts 17.8k followers, also features several photos of the family's beloved dog, Daisy, as well as adorable throwback snaps.

She also provides fans with plenty of updates from her children's lives on set of the popular soaps.

Back in January, Rachel shared a picture of William and wrote: "So so proud of this boy. He didn't work for so long because of covid and think he's smashing his latest story. Such an important story to get right."

Emmerdale star

Amelia's character April has suffered more trauma than most would at her age.

The actress has continued to display her impressive talent in the last eight years, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by her co stars.

Mark Charnock has credited Amelia on her performances several times, most notably when she made him cry during a scene.

When Mark's character Marlon discovered April was being bullied, he find's his daughter sat by her mother’s grave and admits to her he knows what’s been going on.

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Talking about the heartbreaking scene, Mark told Entertainment Daily: "At the end of it I just looked at her, she just sat there, she just done yet another brilliant scene and I just went ‘you made my cry.

"If you’re this good now, how good are you going to be when you’re 20?"

The 53-year-old actor went on to say that April's parents have done a great job and described April as "so modest" and "so down to earth and normal."

Mark dded: “She’s just a talented a very young actress. She’s great to work with, she’s always on it. She’s such a professional. I’m very lucky to work with her.”

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