Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson to leave Alicia Metcalfe role

"This year has been such a highlight and so amazing that I felt now was the right time to say bye to Alicia and see what the future holds"

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Natalie Anderson is to leave Emmerdale at the end of 2015 after five years on the ITV soap.

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The actress is exiting following a high profile period on the show that has seen her character Alicia Metcalfe become the victim of sexual assault at the hands of troubled Lachlan White.

“I’ve had the most incredible five years at Emmerdale and made some wonderful friends,” Anderson said.  “I’m so grateful to the writers, directors, producers and everyone I’ve worked with. This year has been such a highlight and so amazing that I felt now was the right time to say bye to Alicia and see what the future holds.”

Alicia first arrived in Emmerdale during August 2010 and has certainly had a tumultuous half decade in the village, having been imprisoned for punching Val before being shot by crazed murderer Cameron Murray.

But it was her assault by Lachlan that earned Anderson both critical plaudits and a nomination for Best Actress at this year’s British Soap Awards.

Last week’s episodes saw Alicia turn a corner when Lachlan finally admitted that he was to blame for the attack following a lengthy period of denial. Finally getting some closure, Alicia now wants a new start for her and her family in Portugal. So, will this be a final farewell from the Metcalfes

You can watch an interview with Natalie Anderson below.

And beneath that, there’s a 60-second rundown of all the coming week’s drama on Emmerdale.

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