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Charley Webb who plays Debbie Dingle on Emmerdale has announced that she’s leaving the ITV soap opera after almost twenty years on the show.
Webb's character has not been seen on screen since the start of the year, when her character had an affair with Al. An ITV spokesperson confirmed to The Sun that there are "no current plans for Debbie Dingle to return."
Insiders have claimed that her decision to quit the show is fuelled by her husband Matthew Wolfenden’s recent alleged race controversy. Matthew has denied all allegations.
The source added that "the door is open for her character, who is now living in Scotland, should she change her mind, but for now she is looking to the future."
Here's everything you need to know about Charley Webb including her marriage with Matthew Wolfenden.
Who is Charley Webb's husband Matthew Wolfenden?
Matthew Wolfenden, 41, is best known for his role as David Metcalfe on Emmerdale. He first began as an extra on the ITV soap, before auditioning to play Eli Dingle.
Although he lost that role to Joseph Gilgun, he was later called back for the role of David Metcalfe. Besides Emmerdale, he has also appeared on Hollyoaks spin-off Hollyoaks : Let Loose as well as on Dancing on Ice.
Matthew met Charley on the set of Emmerdale back in 2007, and the pair tied the knot in a secret castle wedding back in 2018.
What is Matthew Wolfenden's 'race row'?
It was reported at the beginning of November that Matthew and co-star Isabel Hodgins – who play on-screen couple David Metcalfe and Victoria Sugden on Emmerdale – had a furious argument while filming alongside Aaron Anthony.
Though the reason for the argument was not known at the time, sources claimed that clash between the actors left people on set 'feeling uncomfortable.'
Two weeks after, reports came out that Emmerdale was facing a race probe over a claim that Matthew and Isabel reportedly mimicked a mixed race actress.
The pair have denied all the allegations and any wrongdoing.
They did not film any scenes for the show over two months, only returning to set recently.
The Daily Star has approached Charley Webb's representatives for comment.
How many children does Charley Webb have?
Charley Webb shares three children including 11-year-old Buster, Bowie, 5 and Ace, 2, with Matthew.
The doting mum often shares glimpses of her sons and relatable parenting dilemmas on her Instagram
She has previously also revealed that loves "the chaos of lots of crazy kids," and that she's open to having more children in the future.
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