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Gemma Atkinson quits Emmerdale to focus on Bollywood career - report

Gemma Atkinson has more than a few career commitments, combining her Emmerdale work with co-hosting a radio breakfast show.

Gemma Atkinson has reportedly quit Emmerdale in a bid to further her Bollywood career.

The 32-year-old actress has played Carly Hope in the ITV soap since 2015. But, according to The Sun newspaper, she has decided her time on the show has come to an end.

The publication reports that Gemma told soap bosses of her decision in the last week, and plans are already being made for her character's exit.

However, it's understood that Carly won't be killed off, giving Gemma the opportunity to return to the role in the future if she so wishes.

But for now, Gemma's commitments with Emmerdale are taking their toll, considering she also co-hosts a breakfast show at Manchester radio station Key 103. She broadcasts from the city from 6am to 10am and then drives to Leeds, where she films scenes for Emmerdale, often until 7pm.

"Gemma has loved her time in Emmerdale and isn’t saying it’s for good," a source told the newspaper. "But she’s taking an extended break to focus on other avenues.

"She loves doing the radio and also wants to broaden her horizons on the acting front."

One horizon is that of a Bollywood career, following the actress making her debut last year (16) in suspense thriller Fever.

Speaking to The Sun last year, Gemma admitted that she is keen to take on more Bollywood roles, despite struggling to successfully deliver her lines in Hindi.

“I never thought I’d be asked to star in a Bollywood film," she said. "I didn’t realise the scale of it until I got there and saw how hard they work.

"You hear people say the industry is bigger than Hollywood and it’s huge. I couldn’t believe the enormity of it. It was an incredible experience and I’d definitely love to work more in Bollywood - if the script was great and the chance came around.”

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