Four more actors have reportedly quit ‘Emmerdale’, following a spate of other departures.
According to The Sun, stars Jonathan Wrather (Pierce Harris), John Mcardle (Ronnie Hale), Louise Marwood (Chrissie White) and Thomas Atkinson (Lachlan White) will all leave the soap over the coming months.
A show spokesperson refused to be drawn on the reports, telling HuffPost UK: “We do not comment on storyline speculation or actors contracts.”
They added to Digital Spy: “As happens on long running dramas like ‘Emmerdale’, stories reach hugely dramatic cliffhangers and it sometimes means the departure of certain characters.
“We don’t like to spoil storylines for our viewers so won’t be confirming which characters will be leaving the programme. However, we have some very dramatic and entertaining plots in the coming months which will keep everyone hooked.”
Pierce will apparently leave the village after getting his comeuppance for raping wife Rhona Goskirk, while Ronnie’s exit will come after his on-screen lover Lawrence White - played by John Bowe - is killed off.
Lawrence’s on-screen daughter and grandson, Chrissie and Lachlan, will also bow out in the aftermath.
Their exits brings the total count of actors who have announced their departure in the last year to 10.
Adam Thomas confirmed his departure as Adam Barton last month, while fans recently waved goodbye to Gemma Atkinson’s character, Carly Hope, as well as Rakesh Kotecha, played by Pasha Bocarie.
There is also an exit lined up for Gillian Kearney, when her deranged character, Emma Barton, is killed off in a rumoured live episode later this year.
‘Emmerdale’ airs weeknights on ITV.
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