Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden ‘quits soap after 17 years’ and ‘his character David Metcalfe could be killed off’
Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden has reportedly quit his role as David Metcalfe on the ITV soap after 17 years.
The actor, 43, who first joined the show in 2006, is said to be ready for a change and his exit could lead to his alter ego being killed off.
A source told The Sun: ‘Matthew has had an amazing time on the soap, but feels ready for a change. He hasn’t been getting any gritty storylines recently so wants to see what else is out there.
‘He’s a fan favourite so will get a lot of support in whatever he decides to do next,’.
Before adding: ‘He’s very excited about the opportunities available. He’s only just announced he is leaving so scriptwriters are working out his on-screen exit. It’s possible David could be killed’.
Bye! Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden, 43, has reportedly quit his role as David Metcalfe on the ITV soap after 17 years
Grizzly end? The actor is said to be bored with the character’s lack of gritty storylines and his exit could lead to his alter ego being killed off (pictured on the show)
MailOnline have contacted ITV for comment.
David, who is married to co-star Charley Webb, faced a three-month absence from the show last year after he and fellow actress Isobel Isabel Hodgins became embroiled in an alleged race row.
Matthew and Isabel who portrays his on-screen partner Victoria Sugden, had been off screen following claims ‘the accent of a mixed-raced actress was mimicked’ on set, with the characters’ absence being explained by the pair taking an extended Portuguese holiday.
The unnamed actress was upset following an inappropriate comment made towards her, before it was claimed her accent was mocked during the fall out.
According to The Sun, ITV bosses accepted Matthew and Isabel’s explanation that the alleged remark and mimicry were ‘misheard’, with no formal action to be taken against them.
Both stars categorically denied claims of racism and suggested the whole thing was a misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, Emmerdale fans have shared their fears for Lydia Dingle’s future after the reconnected with her former lover Craig Reed.
Viewers have seen Lydia reveal to Craig that when they were teenagers living in a children’s home, she fell pregnant at the age of 15, but the child was sadly stillborn.
Throwback: Matthew first joined the show back in 2006 (Pictured with co-star Hayley Hamaddon in 2007)
Scandal: David, who is married to co-star Charley Webb, faced a three-month absecne from the show last year after he and fellow actress Isobel Isabel Hodgins (pictured) became embroiled in an alleged race row
Going by her birth name Jenny, Lydia told Craig that he was the baby’s father, and she buried the child in the forest.
Upcoming episodes will see Lydia’s husband Sam feel increasingly pushed out by her friendship with Craig, and his arrival has already sparked concern among fans.
Some have shared a theory that Craig could start stalking Lydia given their history together, with one claiming he’s already ‘obsessed’ with her.
One fan tweeted: ‘One concerned fan tweeted: ‘#Emmerdale is Craig Lydia’s stalker? He rocks up at her home. Sam won’t be pleased,’
Another added: ‘Craig – you just know he’s going to end up in the padded cell next to Colin.’
Couple: Matthew shares three children with co-star Charlie Webb (pictured together in 2017)
A third posted: ‘Craig who hasn’t seen Lydia ( or Jenny as he knows her by) for 33 years now he seems obsessed with her. What are his real intentions?’
‘Craig is giving Stalker vibes,’ one declared.
One user posted: ‘Do you have a Partner? Did anyone notice that little pause before lying? Warning signs are there, Lydia/Jenny #emmerdale.’
A fan also posted: ‘I do not trust creepy Craig #Emmerdale.’
‘Oh Great-Craig is turning into yet another stalker! And they didn’t even get the last one with Amelia and Lloyd right!’ one fan shared.
Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
Drama! Emmerdale fans have shared their fears for Lydia Dingle’s future after the reconnected with her former lover Craig Reed
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