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'Emmerdale' Sophie Powles quits Holly Barton role

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Holly Barton from Emmerdale

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Emmerdale star Sophie Powles has announced that she has decided to leave the soap.

The actress will bow out from her role as Holly Barton in the summer after nearly three years on screen, the Daily Star Sunday reports.

Powles told the newspaper: "I have had an awesome three years at Emmerdale. I have made the best friends and have worked, had fun and learned so much with an amazing cast and crew.

"But after three years I am ready for some freedom to travel and be able to say yes to other projects and opportunities. I just want to say thank you to everyone at Emmerdale for making it such a brilliant place to work."

Emmerdale's series producer Stuart Blackburn added: "It's going to be a very dramatic year for the Barton family. I'd like to thank Sophie for all her hard work and commitment. Her energy, enthusiasm and positivity have made her a joy to work with."

The Daily Star Sunday has also revealed that Kirsty-Leigh Porter will be reprising her role as Holly's best friend Roz Fielding for a short stint in the build-up to the exit storyline.

James Thornton, who plays Holly's dad John, has also recently departed the show.

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