Ex Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson: The grumpy reason I quit the soap

Gemma Atkinson as Carly Hope in Emmerdale

Gemma had a mad schedule when she was in Emmerdale and doing her radio show

Former Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson has revealed she quit her role as Carly Hope last year because she was becoming grumpy because she was so busy.

The 33-year-old actress says it was becoming too much trying to juggle her breakfast radio show every weekday with playing Carly in the hit soap.

And Gemma, who's also been in Hollyoaks and Casualty, said that her mum reckoned she was getting grumpy because she had no social life.

Speaking to the Sunday Post, Gemma said: “I was doing my Key 103 radio show and Emmerdale together for six months and I just took on too much.

“Leaving Emmerdale was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make.

“I just couldn't keep doing the two jobs and the radio show was closer to home and gave me more freedom to do other stuff.

“I was getting up at 4am, wasn’t getting home until 8.30pm and then had to learn my lines.

“I had no social life at all and it was my mum who told me that I was getting so grumpy I had to leave one of the jobs.

“I chose to leave Emmerdale and I’m very grateful that it’s been left open, so hopefully at some point I will return.”

Gemma also spoke in the interview about her relationship with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Gorka Marquez - who she told us she never dances with!

“Gorka’s very funny but he’s a very old-school gentleman, which I love. He’s very caring.”

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