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Emmerdale star Adam Thomas confirms soap exit

The actor has played Adam Barton since 2009.

Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas has confirmed he will be leaving the soap next year.

There had been speculation the star would be making his exit from the Yorkshire based drama following his successful stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here in 2016.

The star announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the show where he has played farmer's son Adam Barton for eight years.

Soap bosses have said Adam will remain on screen until early 2018, although details of his exit will be kept tightly under wraps.

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Adam Thomas as Adam Barton and on screen wife Victoria. (ITV/ Amy Brammall)

Series Producer, Iain MacLeod, said:“Everyone will be really gutted to see Adam go. He's a top bloke and a really talented actor.

"But he's given us a lot of notice, so we've been able to prepare a huge exit story for him. I'm really excited to see it play out on screen - however sad it will be to wave goodbye to such a brilliant character and cast member."

Adam joined the BAFTA winning soap in 2009 along with the rest of the Barton family, who took over Butler's Farm.

During his time in Emmerdale, he has played a part in various storylines, including the deaths of his father John and sister Holly, the discovery his uncle James was actually his biological father, and the longstanding bromance with his gay best friend Aaron Dingle, played by Danny Miller.

Speaking about leaving the show, Adam said: "I've had an amazing eight years working on Emmerdale and I've loved every minute of it. It was a really tough decision to take to leave but I felt that now is the time to move on and challenge myself with some new roles.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Emmerdale for both giving me the opportunity to work as part of such a great team and for giving my character Adam Barton some great storylines too."

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