Casting news: Adam Thomas to leave the Dales

After eight years of playing the role of Adam Barton in ITV’s Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas has taken the decision to leave the show. Adam will continue working on Emmerdale until the end of this year and therefore will still be on our screens in early 2018

Adam is Moira Barton’s only son and the apple of her eye. He joined the show in 2009 as part of the Barton family and took over Butler’s Farm with father John, mother Moira and sisters Holly and Hannah. During his time in the series, he’s played a large part in various storylines including the deaths of his father John and sister Holly, the discovery his uncle James was actually his biological father, the break up with his wife Victoria Sugden and the longstanding bromance with his gay best friend Aaron Dingle.

Adam’s own sense of fun is infectious and will be missed by both crew and cast alike and everyone wishes him the best with his future career.

Series Producer Iain MacLeod explains “Everyone will be really gutted to see Adam go! He's a top bloke and a really talented actor. But he's given us a lot of notice, so we've been able to prepare a huge exit story for him. I'm really excited to see it play out on screen - however sad it will be to wave goodbye to such a brilliant character and cast member."

Adam said: "I've had an amazing eight years working on Emmerdale and I've loved every minute of it. It was a really tough decision to take to leave but I felt that now is the time to move on and challenge myself with some new roles."

I'd like to thank everyone at Emmerdale for both giving me the opportunity to work as part of such a great team and for giving my character Adam Barton some great storylines too."

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