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‘I felt ready to move on’ Emmerdale star addresses soap return after Robert Sugden U-turn

Emily Head, who left the village of EMMERDALE in 2018, claimed she was “ready to move on” from the soap.


Emily Head’s character Rebecca White was last seen on Emmerdale when she left with her on-screen boyfriend Ross Barton (played by Michael Parr) and her son Seb, whom she shares with Robert Sugden (played by Ryan Hawley).

The couple unexpectedly relocated to Liverpool, leaving watchers wondering if they’d ever return.

Speaking to, the 33-year-old said she would “never say never” about reprising her role, but would prefer to leave Rebecca and Ross to enjoy their new life.

She spilled: “I had such a great time there and building the character and I felt ready to move on when I did.

“I like the idea of Rebecca living her best life in Liverpool with Ross and the baby Seb.

“I like the idea of leaving them there and having a brilliant time together.”

“If there was ever a particular reason why she needed to come back to the town and if it fit in with what I wanted to accomplish that year, then fine, why not?” she added, without totally ruling out a return.

Rebecca was apprehensive to leave the Dales until she decided to join Ross at the last minute.

“Leave it any longer and we’ll encounter rush hour traffic the whole way,” she added after it appeared like he would be departing alone at the moment.

Seb’s father, Robert, was then seen with his friend Aaron Dingle, sharing the news (Danny Miller).

He told him: “I’m letting him go. I have to. It’s the right thing to do.”

Aaron was then spotted sprinting up the road, presumably to say goodbye to Seb, the child he was planning to adopt.

The scenes were described as “heartbreaking” by viewers at the time.

Emily went on to say that while plots have become darker over time, she didn’t always get to watch the soap.
The actress’ most recent on-screen appearance was as Colette Andrews in season four of The Syndicate.

She gained stardom as Carli D’Amato in the classic sitcom The Inbetweeners when she was 18 years old.

Reflecting on her time on set, she said: “It was so much fun, it was hilarious on set every day.

“It was my first job out of school. It was a dream come true really.”

Emily went on to suggest that reprising the characters now, when they are all in their thirties, would be “a injustice.”


In other news, the actress is a supporter of Blue Cross’ annual Christmas Appeal, which asks animal lovers to donate.

Donating money to the organization allows animals to live the joyful, healthy lives they deserve.


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