Emmerdale: who is leaving, returning to and joining the cast?

Megan and Robert are both going - but Mandy is making another comeback

emmerdale cast changes 2019

Your guide to all the comings and goings on Emmerdale over the next few months of 2019…

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LEAVING

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Pete Barton (Anthony Quinlan)

Fit farmer Pete will be leaving the village in early 2020, it’s been confirmed. Quinlan has played the unlucky-in-love Barton boy since 2013 when he arrived with dad James (RIP) and brothers Ross and Finn (also RIP). Over the years he’s been memorably involved with Debbie Dingle and Rhona Goskirk, and even kept it in the family by having the odd roll in the hay with auntie (by marriage only, they’re not Dingles) Moira. Quinlan has quit to pursue other projects.

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Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles)

It’s bye bye to the bubbly beautician later this autumn – Giles announced her decision to move on through her official social media account. Bernice has come and gone many times since we first met her back in 1998, but has been full-time again since 2012 after a gap of eight years.

RETURNING

Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb)

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Webb’s real-life maternity leave is the reason for Deb’s current on-screen absence – the actress gave birth to her third child, Ace, in July, another son for her and co-star Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe) and brother for Buster, who is nine, and three-year-old Bowie. The mechanic is running a garage up in Scotland left to her in Lisa’s will.

Although there’s been no official comment on Webb’s return while she spends time with her family, fans can most likely expect her alter ego to be back in the village some time in 2020.

JOINING

Ellis Chapman (Aaron Anthony)

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Hastily written out in September 2019 after actor Asan N’Jie was sacked for an aggressive altercation with Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas at an awards ceremony, the role of Ellis has been recast. Anthony, who viewers may recognise from Sky One comedy drama Delicious, takes over and makes his debut just before Christmas when Ellis returns from his last-minute trip to Dubai.

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