Emmerdale: Alicia won’t return – but David will, says Matthew Wolfenden as the Metcalfes leave

"I will be back," assures the actor as David, Alicia and Jacob head to Portugal

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There’s a glimmer of hope for fans of Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden – David may be leaving the village tonight for a new life in Portugal, but he will be back! The bad news is that co-star Natalie Anderson – who plays David’s wife Alicia – won’t be.

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“It’s goodbye for now, but there’s a possibility that David will be back. He has his dad and daughter in the village…so yeah, I don’t want to give too much away, but I will be back!” Wolfenden told ITV’s This Morning. But later in the interview, the actor said of his screen wife’s chances of returning: “I know that Alicia won’t be back.”

Reflecting on his decade in the show, Wolfenden added: “It feels like I’ve been there two minutes. I got a three-month contract to start with and ten years later… I’m leaving.”

Viewers will tonight see Alicia, David and Jacob exit to run a bar overseas, a move that follows Natalie Anderson’s announcement last month that she would be leaving the soap.

Wolfenden also elaborated on his own announcement that partner Charley Webb – who plays Debbie Dingle – is expecting their second child. Speaking about how son Buster had taken the news, the actor commented: “Buster is five, and we’re due again in December. He’s desperate for a little brother!”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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