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Emmerdale star Asan N'Jie sacked after clash with fellow soap actor

Emmerdale actor Asan N'Jie
(Image credit: WireImage)

Emmerdale star Asan N'Jie is 'devastated' after being fired from the soap following a clash with Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas...

Emmerdale actor Asan N'Jie has been sacked from the soap with immediate effect after an incident between him and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas at an awards ceremony on Monday night.

Asan, who has played Emmerdale's Ellis Chapman since September 2018, reportedly swore and threw punches at Jamie, and apparently had to be separated twice during the evening.

Asan was at the bash, which was being held at London's Hilton Park Lane Hotel, because he had been nominated for a Best Soap Newcomer award, which he lost out to Kara-Leah Fernandes, who is better known as Bailey Baker in EastEnders.

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Asan's contract has been terminated with immediate effect (Picture: ITV)

ITV initially suspended Asan following the incident, but today ITV announced that the star would not be returning to Emmerdale.

A statement released by the channel said: "Emmerdale suspended Asan N'Jie yesterday pending further investigation into an incident at a central London hotel on Monday night.

"ITV executives have met with him this morning, and as a consequence Asan's contract has been terminated with immediate effect."

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Asan has been playing Emmerdale's Ellis for a year (Picture: ITV)

Asan has also commented, apologising for his behaviour towards Jamie Lomas... "My behaviour at the awards was completely unacceptable and very much out of character," he said in a statement.

"I sincerely apologise to everybody who has been affected, especially Jamie Lomas, the whole Emmerdale team, our audience, ITV, my family and the organisers of the TV Choice Awards.

"I am devastated, accept full responsibility for my actions and I am determined to learn from this."

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Jamie Lomas plays Warren Fox in Hollyoaks

Jamie Lomas plays Warren Fox in Hollyoaks (Picture: Lime Pictures)

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

Main picture: WireImage

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.