Emmerdale legend Matthew Wolfenden bags first new TV role since quitting soap after 17 years

Emmerdale star 'lands first TV job' since quitting soap and it's on BBC show
Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden is to make his TV return for the first time after quitting the ITV soap (Image: No credit)

Following his unexpected departure from ITV’s Emmerdale, which was announced last year after 17 years on the soap opera, Matthew Wolfenden is rumoured to have signed up for a new TV programme.

According to reports, a veteran and fan favourite from Emmerdale has committed to his first new TV job since departing the soap opera following an illustrious tenure on the popular programme.

After leaving the famous soap opera ITV abruptly last year after a 17-year run, Matthew Wolfenden, who is best known for playing David Metcalfe, has apparently landed a role on a new programme. “It feels like the right time,” he said to fans on This Morning, confirming his departure from Emmerdale, where he made his television debut in 2006. The door is ajar. They’ve assured me that they won’t murder me. That’s okay, I can tell you that. So who knows? Maybe I’ll return; we’ll see.”

Following Emmerdale, Matthew and his former co-star Roxy Shahidi jumped headfirst into podcasting with Celebrity Side Hustles. However, his many supporters may soon get their wish to see him return on television. There are rumours circulating that he will be appearing in the next season of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip on BBC.

Matthew was on the soap for nearly two decades ( Image: No credit)

According to a source, “Matthew has signed up for the show – he thinks it’ll be a laugh and fun to be on TV as himself, not his soap character.” Celebrities like Gemma Collins and Love Island’s Davide and Ekin-Su attempt to turn a profit from antique treasures on the BBC Two show Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

Co-star Charley Webb, who played Debbie Dingle, and Matthew were married in 2018. Together, they are joyful parents of three sons. An insider who spoke to the tabloid claimed that Matthew’s decision to leave the soap opera was motivated by a lack of “gritty storylines”: “Matthew has had an amazing time on the soap, but feels ready for a change.” He’s been wanting to check out what else is available because he hasn’t been receiving any tough narratives lately. He will have a lot of support for whatever he chooses to do next since he is a fan favourite.”

“He’s very excited about the opportunities available,” the insider continued. Since he recently announced his departure, screenwriters are already planning his on-screen farewell.”

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