Emmerdale Actor Matthew Wolfenden to Leave Soap after “Terrible Storylines” Criticism


Emmerdale fans have expressed their disappointment with the soap's recent storylines that led to actor Matthew Wolfenden's decision to leave his role as David Metcalfe. The news was exclusively revealed by HOAR this weekend, after 17 years on the ITV soap. Sources close to the actor have stated that he blamed a lack of gritty plotlines for his departure.

Fans Take to Social Media to Express Frustration

Viewers of Emmerdale have taken to social media, specifically X (formerly known as Twitter), to vent their frustrations about the poor storylines given to David Metcalfe. One fan wrote, "They've given him rubbish storylines for ages. He deserved better." Another commented, "No surprise there! He's had nothing to do for well over a year and it's clear they have no idea what to do with him."

The concensus among fans seems to be that Matthew Wolfenden, who is widely regarded as a great actor, did not receive the quality of storylines that his talent deserved.

Matthew Wolfenden's Boredom with Character's Recent Plotlines

The actor himself reportedly told close friends that he had become bored with his character's recent plotlines. A TV source confirmed this, stating, "Matthew has had an amazing time on the soap but feels ready for a change. He hasn't been getting any gritty storylines recently, so he wants to see what else is out there."

Matthew's decision to leave Emmerdale has garnered support from fans, who consider him a favourite. There is excitement about the opportunities that lie ahead for him.

Speculation about On-Screen Exit

Given his departure, fans are left wondering how David Metcalfe's storyline will conclude. It is possible that the character could be killed off, although scriptwriters are currently working on the details of the on-screen exit.

Race-Row Probe and Personal Life

Just weeks before his soap exit was announced, Matthew was involved in a race-row probe in 2021. However, this incident did not play a role in his decision to leave Emmerdale.

Off-screen, Matthew is married to former Emmerdale co-star Charley Webb, who portrayed Debbie Dingle on the soap from 2002 to 2021. The couple has three children together.