Emmerdale Millie star’s life – proud mum, reason for leaving and charity work
22nd September 2022

Emmerdale fans have gotten to know actress Willow Bell as Millie Tate on the ITV soap as she leads the way for young screen stars across the UK.

The talented eight-year-old schoolgirl has thrilled viewers playing the daughter of Andrea and Jamie Tate.

She appeared on the show from 2019 until 2021 before reprising the role again earlier this year.

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It’s clear to see why her family often gush over Willow's success on social media as well as her admirable charity work.

Fortunately for the young star, her life off-screen is far more stable than her on-screen character.

Daily Star has taken a look child star Willow's journey as she takes the soap world by storm.

Proud mum

It’s every mum’s dream to see their child shine and Willow’s mum is certainly basking in the glory of her little one’s TV success.

Willow’s mother, Jaqueline Ann Bell, often shares snaps of Willow on Instagram for friends and family, keeping them updated on the star’s life off-camera and what she’s getting up to on the ITV soap.

One post shows Willow beaming as she holds up a sign saying "Emmerdale NTA winners 2020" – to which Jaqueline captioned: “Willow just arrived home to this awesome surprise.

"So very lucky to be part of this wonderful team.'

Soap exit

One snap shared on mum Jaqueline’s Instagram account shows Willow posing in front of the iconic Emmerdale sign smiling at the camera.

Fans may have noticed that Willow took a break from filming amid the pandemic in 2021 when she left the soap for a whole year.

As the world began opening up again, Willow was allowed back on to set and Jaqueline shared her daughter's joy at being back amongst her cast members.

She penned: "Can’t believe it’s been a whole year since Willow started her journey as Millie Tate.

"She’s certainly missing her Emmerdale family and can’t wait to get back #emmerdale #millietate."

Charity Work

As if being a child star on one of Britain’s biggest soaps wasn’t enough, Willow is using her star power to draw attention to Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD).

INAD is a rare inherited disorder affecting the nerve axons in the brain.

Jaqueline helped Willow promote the cause, sharing: "Willow is so proud to have been asked to be child ambassador of children’s charity Cure INAD UK.

"Together they’re working to bring awareness to and raise money to find a cure for this cruel and rare disorder. Please donate if you can. Link in bio."

Willow was joined by Leeds Lord Mayor Cllr Asghar Khan, Bramley and Stanningley councillor Kevin Ritchie in a picture shared by Jacquline as they attended an event and helped raise money and awareness of the disease.

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV at 7.30pm

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