Emmerdale star 'quits' after 17 years on the soap

Matthew Wolfenden has reportedly left Emmerdale after 17 years on the ITV soap.

The 43-year-old actor played shopkeeper David Metcalfe.

He allegedly decided to leave due to a lack of gritty storylines.

‘Matthew has had an amazing time on the soap, but feels ready for a change,’ revealed a source.

‘He hasn’t been getting any gritty storylines recently so wants to see what else is out there.’

They continued to The Sun: ‘He’s only just announced he is leaving so scriptwriters are working out his on-screen exit. It’s possible David could be killed off.’

This comes after his wife Charley Webb also quit the soap in 2021.

Charley is enjoying developing her acting career outside of her Emmerdale role as Debbie Dingle.

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The actress will swap television for theatre as she joins the cast of Quiz.

The play, written by James Graham, tells the story of Diana and Charles Ingram, who attempted to cheat on ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire by coughing to signify the correct answer.

Later this year, Charley will feature as a police officer in ITV’s The Long Shadow, which tells the story of The Yorkshire Ripper aka Peter Sutcliffe.

The couple got married in 2018 and they share three sons, Buster, Bowie and Ace, who keep her very busy. 

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