Heartbreak in Emmerdale as this LEGENDARY character makes a shock departure


Emmerdale fans have been left in tears after Megan Macey made a surprise exit last night...

Last night's Emmerdale saw Megan Macey make the sudden decision to leave the village and make a fresh start in Newcastle following the devastating death of Frank Clayton.

Only recently has Megan come to the realisation that Frank didn't start the factory fire, and that the blame for the blaze that killed him has been unfairly pinned on him.

But while Megan and Frank's daughter Tracy might believe that he isn't to blame, everyone else in the village still quietly thinks he is the one who started the fire.

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But after Frank's funeral ended in disaster as Megan fought for his honour and told the rest of the village a few home truths, Megan has decided there is nothing else in the village for her and it is time to go.

After announcing to Jai that she was taking their daughter Eliza to Newcastle where there is a school dedicated to teaching children with cerebral palsy, Megan then faced telling business partner Leyla that she was leaving her to run their wedding business, Take A Vow.

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Actress Gaynor Faye revealed her decision to leave the soap in May, telling OK Magazine: "It's a risk. I need to push myself out of my comfort zone. I've always been the type of person who doesn't want to stay playing there same character for too long.

"I've been on the show for six years and have naturally reached a point where I'd like to do some other stuff."

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But while Emmerdale fans were sad to see Megan leave the village last night some were bemused about how quickly she managed to pack her house up.

After making the shock decision to quit the village, Megan enlisted the help of Leyla to pack her home up... and by half way through the episode the pair had everything in boxes and ready to be put into storage!

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With Megan gone, it is now up to Tracy to prove her dad's innocence.

But with the engagement ring receipt being turned down by the police as valid evidence, where will she look next to prove he wasn't the one who started the factory fire?

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

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.