Soap & Spoilers Emmerdale As he leaves Emmerdale, Matthew Wolfenden posts a heartwarming photo of him with his “mini-me” son.

As he leaves Emmerdale, Matthew Wolfenden posts a heartwarming photo of him with his “mini-me” son.

After playing David Metcalfe for over 20 years, Matthew is apparently leaving Emmerdale (Image: ITV).

Following news that actor Matthew Wolfenden has left his job after 17 years, Emmerdale fans are still in shock.

Over the past two decades, the actor who plays David Metcalfe has been at the core of some of the ITV soap opera’s most major stories, but he has appeared much less recently.

In fact, it’s said that the 43-year-old celebrity is leaving the TV soap opera because there aren’t enough “gritty” themes.

According to a source, “Matthew has had a fantastic experience on the soap, but is ready for a change.” He wants to explore what else is available because he hasn’t recently been receiving any tough narratives.

Since the news first emerged on Saturday, August 19, fans have been absorbing it. Although his most recent social media post was five weeks ago, Matthew has yet to address or confirm his departure.

He posed with his 7-year-old son Bowie for the picture, which he posted on Instagram.

David has been a part of several significant storylines over the years (Image: ITV). “Mini me,” the Emmerdale actor added before adding a heart emoji to the heartfelt message.

David’s departure from Emmerdale is presently unknown, however a source for The Sun speculated that the character would be killed off.

He has just recently announced his departure, therefore the scriptwriters are still planning his on-screen leave, the source claimed.

It’s probable that David will die.

The protagonist in David’s most significant plot battled testicular cancer.

The grooming of his son Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) by his girlfriend Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein) was revealed to him in 2019.

Emmerdale airs on ITV1 and ITVX on weeknights at 7:30 p.m.

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