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Jason Merrells won't return to Emmerdale

Jason Merrells won't return to Emmerdale

Jason Merrells doesn't want to return to 'Emmerdale'.

The 47-year-old actor - who was known for playing bad boy Declan Macey in the soap for four years - turned his back on the ITV show two years ago and doesn't yet regret his decision because it's allowed him to spread his wings.

He said: "I left 'Emmerdale' and got on a plane to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean to film 'Death in Paradise'. No one is ever unhappy about a gig on that show.

"Then I did 'Safe House' with Christopher Eccleston, and went into the theatre to perform in 'Twelve Angry Men'.

"I'm lucky because I've had varied and interesting jobs which is exactly what I was after."

However, the handsome actor - who is now starring in theatre - does miss the hustle and bustle of the soap set.

Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, he explained: "I think we did everything we could with Declan. I miss the speed of the show and the buzz you get from knocking it out the park every day. But I don't think there's any unfinished business for Declan. Well, not at the moment."