Anthony Quinlan is leaving ITV’s Emmerdale to pursue other projects.
The 34 year old actor has played Pete Barton for almost six years, with the character a favourite among soap fans.
A source told The Sun: “Anthony has loved his time on Emmerdale but he is really keen to try and make a name for himself away from just soaps, and is looking at auditions.
“He says he would be up for doing a reality show too, like the jungle or Strictly, but with a full-on filming schedule for Emmerdale that’s quite tricky.”
Before Emmerdale, Anthony – whose co-star Asan N'Jie was recently sacked from the show – appeared on Hollyoaks from 2005 to 2011.
OK! online has contacted ITV for comment.
Appearing on This Morning on Tuesday, soap expert and Emmerdale writer Sharon Marshall confirmed that Anthony is departing the soap, as she looked at the week ahead for the small screen.
Speaking to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Sharon said: "He is [leaving], yes. There was a piece in the papers today… it is true.
"He has said he wants to go off and do some other projects.
She added: "I can't even tell you how he's going I'm afraid because we haven't actually written it yet. We will miss him, he's a lovely actor, but yes he is going. We've got him on screen for a while yet."
Anthony is not the only character set to leave the Dales in the coming months.
In September, Samantha Giles announced that she is quitting her role as beautician Bernice Blackstock after seven years back on the show.
She made the announcement on Twitter, saying: “After 7 fabulous years I am shortly to be hanging up Bernice's aprons and leaving the dales to pursue other creative projects.
“I will miss all the friends I've made on the show, but I'm very excited to be moving on to pastures new.”
Sandra Marvin also recently left the popular show after two years on screen as character Jessie Grant.
The actress made her mark on the soap after getting married on Christmas Day, and being shot and held hostage during her time on the soap.
Ahead of her departure, the star, who has joined the cast of Thunder Girls, admitted that leaving the ITV show was a big risk.
Speaking exclusively to OK! magazine, Sandra said: “Absolutely, because you never know what’s going to happen.
“There are so many amazing people looking for work and it’s a tough industry, but if you don’t challenge yourself you’ll never know.
“My last day will be emotional. There’s definitely going to be a wobbly lip!”
Sandra also revealed that she’s not sure if she will be able to return to Emmerdale in the future or not, as she said: “It’s a difficult thing because you never assume you can come back, the cogs keep turning and the lives of these amazing characters carry on.
“But maybe, it would be lovely if I could one day. I’ve made some friends that are going to be with me for life.”
Sandra continued: “I always felt I was being pulled in so many directions, still with a love for singing and theatre.
“Thank God they’ve left the door open, I’m very grateful for that. Prior to Emmerdale I had quite a diverse career and I’ve done a lot of theatre, plays and musicals, and solo concerts too. As a session singer, I recorded the title song on the sound track for the Oscar-winning film Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
“It’s been an amazing time on Emmerdale but I’m also excited to see what the future could hold. It was a really hard one as I love soaps and I always dreamed of being in one. I’ve had the most fantastic time.”
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