Emmerdale’s Charley Webb breaks silence and claims exit was longer ago than fans think

Charley Webb has spoken out after it was rumoured she had quit Emmerdale.

The actress is best known for playing Debbie Dingle in the ITV soap, a role had for 19 years.

The 33-year-old hadn’t been seen on screen since the beginning of 2021 after her character was involved in an affair with Al Chapman while he was engaged to Priya Sharma.

However, just before Christmas, there were rumours she “closing the door’ on the ITV soap for good” after her husband Matthew Wolfenden reportedly became embroiled in a racism row.

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Matthew, who has been married to Charley for three years, plays David Metcalfe in the soap.

But in an Instagram Q&A with fans on Monday night (January 3), Charley was asked if she had left Emmerdale.

And it turns out she actually left significantly longer ago than people think.

Alongside a photo of herself with Matthew and their three children, the actress wrote: “This is always my most asked question but I’ve never answered it before because I’ve never wanted to make a big deal of it,” she wrote on her Instagram story alongside a picture of her family.

Charley Webb addresses Emmerdale exit

“I left to have Ace 2 years ago. I went back at the end of last year for 10 weeks to complete a storyline. So, I guess officially it’s been a year. I never felt the need to announce it which is why we didn’t.”

Charley was also asked about her New Year’s Eve celebrations after she posted pictures with her former co-stars.

The mum-of-three rang in 2022 with her on-screen dad Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle) and his Emmerdale star wife Zoe Henry, who plays Rhona.

She spent New Year’s Eve with her former co-stars

Also in attendance was Charley’s on-screen mum Emma Atkins, who plays Charity Dingle, and Emmerdale’s former series producer Kate Oates.

She said in a post on her Instgaram Story: “My New Years Eve Crew. Best night with some of my favouritests.”

And it turns on Charley lives just seconds away from Emma.

When asked if the on-screen mother and daughter lived next door to each other, Charley said alongside a festive selfie of the pair: “30 second walk. Our kids are like brothers, love it.”

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