Alice Coulthard explains quit decision

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 September 2010
Alice Coulthard

Alice Coulthard

Alice Coulthard has revealed she decided to quit her role as Maisie Wilde in 'Emmerdale' so she didn't have to have a long-distance relationship with her new husband

Alice Coulthard decided to quit 'Emmerdale' for her husband.

The actress announced she was leaving her role as posh Maisie Wilde in the ITV soap in June and has now revealed she decided to walk away from the show because she doesn't want to have a long-distance relationship with her new husband, musician Owen Dyke.

Alice said: "I've been in Leeds, while Owen and my whole life away from work has been down in London. I had to put everything on hold and there were times when it has been hard. Owen and I talk on the phone about 10 times a day but it isn't the same.

"He was never going to come up here, so I've always been keen to go back at some point and this seemed like the right time."

Alice and rocker Owen tied the knot four weeks ago at an outdoor ceremony in Norfolk and guests included the blonde beauty's 'Emmerdale' co-stars Sammy Winward and Amanda Donohoe and former 'O.C.' actress Mischa Barton.

And Alice admits it was the "most amazing day" of her life.

She said: "I loved every second and I wouldn't change a thing. I'm so happy - I'll have that memory for the rest of my life."

Although she believes she has made the right decision to leave 'Emmerdale' after playing Maisie for two years, Alice has no idea what she is going to do next.

She explained to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Leaving now is the right thing to do. The longer I stay, the harder it will be. I don't know what I'm going to do next. I'd like to do something different, but I'll probably end up being offered lots of crazy sisters having incestuous relationships. But I like not quite knowing what's round the corner, that's what keeps me going."

Alice's character has been at the centre of some big storylines in recent months, including falling in love with her half brother Ryan Lamb (James Sutton) and dealing with the disappearance of her father Mark Wylde (Maxwell Caulfield).

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