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'Emmerdale' Spoilers: Gemma Atkinson Denies Reports She's Quit Role As Carly Hope'

The actress reportedly wants to launch a Bollywood career.

09/02/2017 08:38 GMT | Updated 09/02/2017 14:10 GMT

Gemma Atkinson has denied claims she is set to leave her role as Emmerdale’s Carly Hope. 

The Sun reported the actress has quit the ITV soap to pursue a role in a Bollywood film, but she has now insisted this isn’t the case. 

The actress, who has recently been juggling commitments with ‘Emmerdale’ and her presenting spot on Manchester radio station Key 103, has revealed she’s actually signed a new contract. 

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Gemma Atkinson as Emmerdale's Carly Hope

But speaking on the radio show on 9 February, she said: “We’re not supposed to discuss contracts but in this case I will. I’ve just renegotiated a contract with the Dales to make sure I can do that and this so I’m doing both. I’m not going anywhere for a while.”

A source told the paper she was struggling to cope with both jobs, being on air from 6am to 10am, before heading to Leeds to film on the soap until around 7pm.  

“Gemma has loved her time in ‘Emmerdale’ and isn’t saying it’s for good,” the insider said. 

“But she’s taking an extended break to focus on other avenues.

“She loves doing the radio and also wants to broaden her horizons on the acting front.”

A spokesperson added to HuffPost UK: “We don’t comment on storyline speculation or actors contracts.” 

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Gemma joined the cast of the ITV soap in 2015

Gemma joined the soap in 2015, taking over the role of Carly from previous actress Rebecca Ryan, who was last seen as the character in 2006. 

During her time in the Dales, Carly has been involved in relationships with Ross Barton and Marlon Dingle, and a recent storyline saw her reveal she gave birth to a son four years ago, who tragically died from sudden infant death syndrome. 

Gemma previously starred as Lisa Hunter on rival soap ‘Hollyoaks’ from 2001 to 2005, and also played Tamzin Bayle on ‘Casualty’ from 2011 to 2014. 

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