Anthony Quinlan has quit Emmerdale after six years

1 October 2019, 10:32

Anthony Quinlan
Anthony Quinlan. Picture: ITV

By Tom Eames

Soap actor Anthony Quinlan is saying goodbye to Emmerdale after six years on the show.

The 34-year-old actor has decided to leave the Dales after playing Pete Barton for six years on the ITV soap, as he wants to look into other roles, and perhaps a reality show.

A source told The Sun: "Anthony has loved his time on Emmerdale but he is really keen to try and make a name for himself away from just soaps, and is looking at auditions.

"He says he would be up for doing a reality show too, like the jungle or Strictly, but with a full-on filming schedule for Emmerdale that's quite tricky."

Pete Barton arrived on Emmerdale back in 2013, and has been involved in major storylines such as a long-running feud with brother Ross (Michael Parr), the deaths of various loved ones, and the motorway crash.

The actor previously dated Strictly Come Dancing dancer Dianne Buswell, but they split up during the 2018 series, shortly before she started a relationship with on-screen partner Joe Sugg.

Anthony's departure follows fellow cast member Samantha Giles, who announced she is quitting her role as beautician Bernice Blackstock after seven years on the show.

On Twitter, she revealed: "After 7 fabulous years I am shortly to be hanging up Bernice's aprons and leaving the dales to pursue other creative projects. I will miss all the friends I've made on the show, but I'm very excited to be moving on to pastures new."

Meanwhile, there will be more major exits to come — including Ryan Hawley as Robert Sugden, one-half of the soap's popular couple Robron.

Also leaving the soap will be Ellis Chapman, after actor Asan N'Jie's contract was "terminated with immediate effect" due to a fight with Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards.