Emmerdale: Chelsea Halfpenny to leave Amy Wyatt role

"It's completely changed my life, as It's given me confidence and I'm coming out of it having learnt so much," says the actress

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Actress Chelsea Halfpenny is to leave Emmerdale after three years playing the role of Amy Wyatt.

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Speaking today, the 22-year-old said: “I’d just like to say what an amazing experience I’ve had here at Emmerdale. I’ve made the best friends and I will carry the memories on through the rest of my career.”

Since her debut in October 2010, Amy has been involved in a number of high profile storylines, most notably when she was discovered she was pregnant by Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and ended up giving her baby boy up for adoption.

A recent development has seen Amy seek to gain custody of son Kyle after learning that his adoptive parents had died.

Halfpenny’s performance has seen her nominated for a number of awards including Best Newcomer at the 2012 NTAs.

On her forthcoming departure, the actress added:  “It’s completely changed my life, as It’s given me confidence and I’m coming out of it having learnt so much. I now feel ready to move on and play other characters, although playing Amy Wyatt has been more fun than I’d ever imagined.”

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It is understood that Halfpenny’s exit will be broadcast later this year.