‘Emmerdale’ star Charlie Hardwick has revealed she is leaving the ITV soap.
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The actress has played the character of Val Pollard for 11 years, but has decided to quit, in order to pursue new projects.
Announcing the news on Thursday’s (11 June) ‘Loose Women’, she said: “I’m leaving the show. I’d like to thank all the people who watch 'Emmerdale' who have been so lovely to me over the years and who have enjoyed the ups and downs of Eric and Val.
“I thought, let’s have a chance at another chapter in my life, you know just when it’s time to go.”
When asked about her exit, Charlie admitted she would be disappointed if producers decided to use Val’s HIV as a way of writing her out.
“I am not at liberty to say and luckily I haven’t read the scripts. I would be very angry if it was HIV-related, there would be hell to pay,” she said.
“Because I think the whole point of having Val as HIV positive is to show that you can live a happy and healthy life.
“I’m going to have a break. I’ll just lie in a hammock - that’s all I can say!"
News of Charlie's departure comes after Natalie Anderson announced she was leaving her role as Alicia Metcalfe last month.