Strictly Come Dancing star Lisa Riley kept news of her mum’s death quiet as she didn’t want sympathy votes!

Fans of former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley will know that following her time on Strictly Come Dancing, she revealed that shortly before filming for the series started, her beloved mother Cath passed away, having lost her battle with cancer…

But at the time, Lisa decided to keep the devastating news to herself, and she’s revealed this weekend that she did so because she didn’t want fans to vote for her out of sympathy.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Lisa explained, “During Strictly I didn’t want [the news about my mum] in the press.

“The thought that someone might pick up the phone and vote because of her passing, I would hate that. And so would she.”

The paper adds, “Since opening up about Cath’s death, Lisa has been stunned by the reaction from fans suffering similar heartache.”

SLisa+Rileyhe said, “You’re guaranteed a lot of people that watch me perform are going to have been hit by cancer. That’s inevitable.”

Of losing her mother, Lisa continued, “It was a big loss – she was my best friend in the world.

“We were more than just mum and daughter.”

Lisa has of course been keeping busy since her stint on Strictly ended, and she’s currently touring with Craig Revel Horwood’s production, Strictly Confidential, of which she commented, “The show is of the old-fashioned variety, which I don’t think there’s enough of these days.

“But I’ve seen from the audience reaction that it’s what people love.

“I’ve done loads of plays before, like The Naked Truth and Calendar Girls, but people have never put me in the musical theatre bracket.

“Doing this has shown people that it’s a huge part of my life. People have seen I can sing and dance. It’s really opened a lot of doors for me.”

You can visit for tickets and more information, but for now, here’s a reminder of Lisa on SCD…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.