How old is the actress eden taylor draper who plays belle on emmerdale?

Eden Taylor-Draper, the young actress who has played Belle Dingle on Emmerdale since 2005, was born in Selby, Yorkshire, on 27th October 1997, so she will turn 16 years old in 2013. Her full name is Eden Elenor Taylor-Draper (Belle's is Tinkerbelle Lisa Dingle).

The actress has won or been nominated for several British Soap Awards, and was twice nominated in the young actors' category of the Inside Soap awards for her portrayal of Belle. In the British Soap Awards, she won in 2007 for Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor or Actress, and won for Spectacular Scene of the Year in 2006 for the mine shaft scene, sharing that award with co-star Luke Tittensor (Daz Eden) and Emmerdale crew members Brian Morgan and Neil Alderton. She was also nominated for Best Young Performance in 2011 and 2012, and again for the same young actor Best Dramatic Performance award in 2008.

Belle's rebellious streak has been getting her in loads of hot water with her parents this week, first having skipped school only to get caught canoodling on the couch with her boyfriend Luke (who, to make things even worse, summarily dumped her) by mum Lisa. Then there was that oh-so-terribly humiliating event of being marched off to the doctor's by Lisa to discuss contraception - yikes! Lisa and Zak were somewhat relieved in any case when Belle admitted to them that she's still a virgin.

Watch the scene with Belle and Lisa Dingle at the doctor's in the video below:

Updated on Saturday, February 02 2013 at 03:51PM GMT