Debbie Dingle is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Emmerdale, played by Charley Webb. Webb has taken maternity leave three times, with the first time being in 2010 and the second throughout 2016 with Debbie departing on 1 January 2016. She returned on 24 January 2017 and then went on maternity leave for a third time in 2019 as Debbie left for Scotland on 13 August 2019. She returned on 25 December 2020 and made her final appearance on 11 February 2021. She was introduced as the foster child of Paddy Kirk and Emily Kirk before being revealed as the daughter of Charity Dingle and Cain Dingle.