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Adam Thomas confirms he's leaving Emmerdale after an 'amazing' eight years

It was rumoured earlier this year that the 28-year-old actor had been considering leaving the programme.

Adam Thomas has confirmed he's leaving Emmerdale, after eight years of playing Adam Barton on the ITV soap.

Rumours started earlier this year that the 28-year-old actor was considering leaving the programme. And on Thursday he set the record straight, and revealed to fans that he has decided to quit the long-running gig.

"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," he said in a statement. "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."

While details of Adam's exit from the show are being kept under wraps, producer Iain MacLeod promised the departure would be "huge" for the actor.

"Everyone will be really gutted to see Adam go! He's a top bloke and a really talented actor," Iain said. "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, who came third in the last series of I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here!, previously denied claims he was gearing up to quit Emmerdale after rumours emerged he wanted to leave so he could star in panto.

"There is no truth behind it (the rumours), I'm happy here, I'm staying here," he told Digital Spy. "Life is good here, so I don't want to move on just yet.

"Acting is my passion and my main thing. Obviously if something comes up, then it comes up, but I'll see what happens. But right now I want to stay here and I want to keep acting."

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