Emmerdale’s Fiona Wade breaks her silence on why she quit Priya Sharma role after 12 years

Emmerdale’s Fiona Wade breaks her silence on why she quit Priya Sharma role after 12 years as terrifying kidnap exit storyline is revealed

Fiona Wade has spoken out on why she has decided to depart Emmerdale after 12 years. 

In scenes set to air next week, the actress, 43, is set to bow out of the soap in a dramatic storyline as her character Priya Sharma is haunted by her traumatic past, before her daughter Amba is kidnapped by David Metcalfe. 

Ahead of her exit, Fiona said leaving the Dales was ‘one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make’ and struggled to keep hold of her emotions while filming her last scenes as Priya. 

Goodbye: Fiona Wade has spoken out on why she has decided to depart Emmerdale after 12 years

Goodbye: Fiona Wade has spoken out on why she has decided to depart Emmerdale after 12 years

‘It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. Leaving my Emmerdale family is a big thing and it wasn’t easy filming my last scenes,’ she said. 

‘When you’ve been somewhere for that long and that’s your every day, it’s hard and feels sad.

‘But as every actor knows, you need to challenge yourself and that’s very important too. There are so many blessings that come your way when you’re in a show like Emmerdale.

Scary: The actress, 43, is set to bow out of the soap in a dramatic storyline as her character Priya Sharma is haunted by her traumatic past, before her daughter Amba is kidnapped

Scary: The actress, 43, is set to bow out of the soap in a dramatic storyline as her character Priya Sharma is haunted by her traumatic past, before her daughter Amba is kidnapped

Emotional: Fiona said leaving the Dales was 'one of the hardest decisions I've had to make' and struggled to keep hold of her emotions while filming her last scenes

Emotional: Fiona said leaving the Dales was ‘one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make’ and struggled to keep hold of her emotions while filming her last scenes

‘To be given a character that you can make yours, to have fantastic writers that enable you to grow in this amazing character.

‘Plus, the friends you make and the experiences you have is invaluable.’ 

Fiona’s final scenes as Priya will air next week, with the actress wrapping up filming late last year. 

Next chapter: Priya is haunted by her past as she has a flashback, before she is offered the chance of a new life in London by her client

Next chapter: Priya is haunted by her past as she has a flashback, before she is offered the chance of a new life in London by her client 

Priya is haunted by her past as she has a flashback to when she was trapped by killer Meena Jutla (Paige Sadhu) in a terrible fire that left her with severe burns. 

She flees Take A Vow and confides to client Justin about why she ran away the next day, who offers her a job at his company in London – the same he offered to Leyla who takes the news badly.

Ready for a fresh start, Priya’s plan are halted when David Metcalfe discovers she wants to bring their daughter Amba with her.

 A kidnap chase ensues with Priya calling the police after David runs away with their daughter. 

Fans will have to tune in to see how Priya’s final scenes pan out in a dramatic week in the Dales. 

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and is available on ITVX.

Oh no! Ready for a fresh start, Priya's plan are halted when David Metcalfe discovers she wants to bring their daughter Amba with her

Oh no! Ready for a fresh start, Priya’s plan are halted when David Metcalfe discovers she wants to bring their daughter Amba with her

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