Emmerdale's Charley Webb 'quits the show for good' after 19 years

Emmerdale’s Charley Webb ‘quits the soap for good’ after 19 years after her husband Matthew Wolfenden ‘was embroiled in race row’

  • Emmerdale actress Charley Webb is quitting the ITV soap after 19 years 
  • The 38-year-old is said to be quitting the Yorkshire drama ‘for good’ 
  • An insider claimed husband Matthew Wolfenden’s racism row ‘fuelled decision’   
  • Webb has played Debbie Dingle on the popular soap for nearly two decades

Emmerdale actress Charley Webb is quitting the ITV soap after 19 years following an alleged racism row involving her husband, it has been reported. 

The 38-year-old, who has played Debbie Dingle for nearly two decades, is said to be quitting the Yorkshire drama ‘for good’. 

An insider claimed that husband Matthew Wolfenden’s involvement in an alleged racism bullying row on set ‘fuelled her decision’.

‘Charley is closing the door on Emmerdale for good and won’t be going back,’ they told The Sun.

‘The past few months have given her time to think about the future and it is one that doesn’t involve Emmerdale. Matthew being caught up in the row on set fuelled her decision to step away’. 

Goodbye! Charley Webb, 33, who plays Debbie Dingle on soap opera Emmerdale, is reportedly quitting the soap ‘for good’

Argument: Matthew (pictured with Charley in 2017) became embroiled in a row after a complaint that an inappropriate comment was made to a mixed-race female cast member

A spokeswoman for Emmerdale told MailOnline: ‘There are no current plans for Debbie Dingle to return.’

Her character Debbie, who is living in Scotland, has been absent from the show since the start of the year.

An episode earlier this month saw her aunt Chas Dingle confirm that the character would not be back anytime soon.

She told Paddy Kirk: ‘Debbie’s not coming home for Christmas.’ 

In October, Wolfenden, 41, was accused of making an inappropriate comment to a mixed-race female cast member on set.

He and Isabel Hodgins, who plays Victoria Sugden, were also facing claims that the mixed-race actress’s accent was ‘mimicked’. They have both denied the allegations.

It was later alleged that Wolfenden had also had a row with Aaron Anthony, who plays Ellis Chapman.

Anthony, 28, has reportedly told Emmerdale bosses that he will quit the show when his contract expires. 

Long time: The actress, 33, has played Debbie Dingle on the soap opera for almost 20 years (pictured on the show in 2005)

Allegations: Matthew (pictured with Charley in 2014), 41, and Isabel Hodgins were faced with claims that the actress’s accent had been mimicked. They denied all allegations

Some of Debbie’s tense storylines included her having a fling with married man Andy Sugden and becoming a mother to Sarah when she was 15.

Debbie then falls in love with Jasmine Thomas, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman but was left heartbroken when her father Cain has an affair with her girlfriend, while she later had a relationship with killer Cameron Murray.

Cameron tried to kill Debbie in a drama-packed episode which saw them desperately trying to stay afloat after becoming trapped in the pub’s flooded cellar.

A few years later, Debbie starts dating Pete Barton but she then has an affair with his brother Ross, with the pair planning to run away together just days before her wedding to Pete. 

Nineteen years: Some of Debbie’s tense storylines included her having a fling with married man Andy Sugden and becoming a mother to Sarah when she was 15

Their plan was discovered by Debbie’s father Cain and the pair went ahead with the wedding, with Pete being unaware of the affair until it is revealed during their first dance.

Pete was furious with Debbie, but moments later a helicopter crashed into the venue and killed guests Val Pollard and Ruby Haswell. The couple later parted ways.

Meanwhile, Debbie’s relationship with Ross takes a dark turn as she avoids jail for her part in organising an acid attack targeted at him. 

She moves to Scotland to start a new life but later returns, as it is revealed that Al Chapman has been cheating on Priya with her. 

MailOnline has contacted Charley’s representatives for comment.   

Romance: Debbie also fell in love with Jasmine Thomas, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman but was left heartbroken when her father Cain has an affair with her girlfriend

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