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Bye Alicia: Natalie Anderson to leave Emmerdale

Natalie Anderson will leave Emmerdale later this year after playing Alicia Metcalfe for 5 years.

Following a stint in prison after assaulting Val Pollard and surviving a near-fatal gun wound at the hands of being shot by Cameron Murray, Alicia hasn’t had an easy ride. All that would pale in comparison to the hardships faced following the sexual abuse Alicia experienced at the hands of Lachlan.

Unable to cope, Alicia questioned everything she thought she knew and her relationship with David struggled. But Alicia refused to be the victim and she soon became a rock for Lachlan’s mum, Chrissie.

Things turned a corner for Alicia after Lachlan admitted he was to blame. Finally getting some closure, Alicia wanted a new start for her and her family and Portugal seemed the best place for it.

I’m so grateful to the writers, directors,producers and everyone I’ve worked with.

Natalie Anderson, on her time spent on Emmerdale

Speaking to Natalie regarding her departure, “I’ve had the most incredible 5 years at Emmerdale and made some wonderful friends.

I’m so grateful to the writers, directors,producers and everyone I’ve worked with.

This year has been such a highlight and so amazing that I felt now was the right time to say bye to Alicia and see what the future holds.”

Will this be a final farewell from the Metcalfes as they jet off to Portugal? Keep watching to find out...

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The TVChoice Awards 2015 is now open for the first round of voting:

Best Soap ActorDanny Miller (Aaron Livesy)Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle)Michael Parr (Ross Barton)

Best Soap ActressCharley Webb (Debbie Dingle)Charlotte Bellamy (Laurel Dingle)Natalie Anderson (Alicia Metcalfe)

Best Soap Newcomer:Louise Marwood (Chrissie Sugden)Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden)Thomas Atkinson (Lachlan White)

Best Soap: Emmerdale

The first round in voting closes at 12am on Friday 5 June, so get your vote in!

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