Actor Kelvin Fletcher made a return to Emmerdale last night at the show’s Studio Experience in Leeds.
Fletcher – who played Andy Sugden between 1996 and 2016 – was hosting a special evening event at the soap’s former studios, which is now home to an Emmerdale visitor attraction.
Stepping behind a recreation of the Woolpack bar to talk to visitors, the star said: “It’s just so surreal. I mean, we filmed on this very studio floor for years, oh if walls could talk!
“Andy has ordered pint after pint in the Woolpack – and been served up apple juice, what sort of service is that? It feels just like home. We could easily be in the real thing right now!”
Asked as to whether he’d ever make a comeback to the role he left last year, he added: “It’s the old cliché of never say never. I like the fact that I don’t know what’s around the corner. Emmerdale was my life for so many years but, for now, I’m ready to take on a new challenge.
“I’m a husband, I’m a dad, I’m a professional racing driver… things have changed massively for me in the last few months and that’s so exciting.”
The character of Andy was seen going on the run in August 2016 after being framed by Chrissie for the attempted murder of Lawrence White.
But Fletcher seemed keen to return – to the Emmerdale tour at least, if only to put the tour guides’ knowledge to the test.
Of his experience at the attraction, he added: “”here’s a real studio buzz in the air, it’s so weird. The Woolpack itself is so impressive.”
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