Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher reveals REAL reason he quit the soap

Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher as Andy
(Image credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher has revealed details about why he left the show after 20 years of playing Andy Sugden.

Kelvin Fletcher played Emmerdale's Andy Sugden for more than two decades before he made the dramatic decision to leave the soap in 2016. But what were the reasons behind his departure?

The actor has revealed to The Bolton News that despite being full of praise for the show, he was keen to try his hand at something different.

"The storylines on Emmerdale were great, the show was great, and the morale around the place was great, but I found myself in this weird position," he told the paper.

"They had given me this sense of belief and sense of confidence, and I felt that artistically, I was really coming into my own.

"Having played the same character for 20 years I had a real appetite to do other things, play different characters, and work in different areas.

"I just wanted to try things which you've not really got the opportunity to do when you're in Emmerdale, as your commitment is so full-on. I made the decision to leave when I was probably the happiest I'd ever been at Emmerdale"

While soap fans would love nothing more than to see Kelvin back on their screens in Emmerdale, it looks like they could have a bit of a wait on their hands.

Kelvin is currently starring as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Opera House over the festive break, and after confessing that he's always wanted to try his hand at being in a musical it looks like the actor is in his element.

"The Wizard of Oz is my first musical role as an adult and I feel like I have got a bit of a taste for it again. Who knows where it might lead!"

Picture credits: Main image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

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.