Roxanne Pallett has announced that she is leaving Emmerdale after 3 years at the Yorkshire soap.
The actress, who plays Jo Sugden, plans to move to London to work on stage in the West End.
Bosses are planning a dramatic exit for Roxanne, 25, involving abusive screen husband Andy, played by Kelvin Fletcher, 24.
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‘Roxanne wanted to leave last year but the producers put her at the centre of this big storyline, which is only going to get more harrowing,’ a source tells The Sun. ‘Now she has agreed her leaving terms and will go in a huge exit in December.’
Emmerdale boss Anita Turner yesterday paid tribute to Roxanne: ‘She has given a fantastic performance and it will be an eventful six months for Jo.’