Emmerdale actor set to leave after car crash drama

Exits galore in Emmerdale
Exits galore in Emmerdale

Emmerdale's Tess Harris has been dramatically killed off after being knocked down by Kirin Kotecha in a drink-drive incident.

The shocking exit for actress Nicola Stephenson, broadcast on Thursday, has stunned viewers of the ITV rural soap.

Birmingham-born actor Adam Fielding has also said he is leaving Emmerdale.

His exit is likely to revolve around the repercussions stemming from the fatal crash.

Fielding has said he is quitting his "stressful" role as Kirin Kotecha.

The 22-year-old actor made the decision to leave ITV's rural soap in 2015 after talking to former producer Kate Oates, now the boss of Coronation Street.

His final day of shooting was January 13.

Speaking at a special event for Emmerdale, he said the job is "hard on an actor".

Viewers of the episode broadcast on Thursday saw Kirin knock down and kill Tess Harris, played by Nicola Stephenson, in a drink-drive incident.

The former Holby City actress, who joined the cast in 2015, has also departed the long-running soap set in the Yorkshire Dales.

Fielding's exit is likely to revolve around the repercussions stemming from the fatal crash.

"Where does a human being go when he's felt what Kirin's felt?" the Birmingham-born actor said of the storyline.

"So all of this stuff that I'd already done in the first year - it's stressful, really stressful."

Fielding, who joined the soap in August 2014, promised fans the relationship between Kirin and his father Rakesh Kotecha (Pasha Bocarie) would "come full circle".

Rakesh falsified a DNA report so that it appeared Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) had fathered Vanessa Woodfield's (Michelle Hardwick's) baby.

However, Kirin is the biological father.

"There's more to watch and more to be excited by," Fielding said.

Talking about filming the crash, he described it as "awesome".

"I wanted to marry the stunt woman!" he joked.

In the episode, Kirin set the car he had been driving on fire, and Fielding admitted he would have got even closer to the flames if he had been allowed.

"I don't ever want a stunt double. I want to do everything myself," he said.

Fielding said he owed "a lot" to Emmerdale, but did not state whether Kirin would make a return to the village in future.

Since arriving in the village in October last year, Tess has made waves by having an affair with Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt), unbeknown to wife Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry).

The sensational plot thread is set to unravel following the teaching assistant's death.

Asked if she was sad to see Tess go, the former Waterloo Road actress said: "Not at all!"

She added: "I've had an absolute ball doing Emmerdale so on the one hand I am sad not to be working with Dom and Zoe any more, but I'm always quite excited at the end of a job about what opportunities are coming next.

"I'm really looking forward to playing someone new."

The 44-year-old praised Emmerdale's writers and cast members.

"Genuinely it has been a lovely experience to do such a meaty storyline with such fine, dedicated, generous actors who are now good chums.

"It's been an absolute joy to come in and get such a juicy storyline straight away.

"The writers have created a fantastic story with great twists and turns that have kept the audience hooked in all the way along.

"I've been really lucky."

Asked whether she would continue to watch the show, Stephenson replied: "Of course, although I have to watch on catch-up as 7pm is bathtime in our house."

Meanwhile, Brunt told the Press Association how Paddy felt after hearing of his lover's death.

"He's devastated, but more than anything he's in shock as well," he said.

"Also because nobody knows about this affair .... he has to grieve in secret, almost.

"So he's struggling quite a bit."

The 45-year-old added: "He's rubbish at the affair and he's rubbish at keeping his emotions in check.

"He just can't do it so he gives away the affair (to Rhona)."