James Sutton to leave Emmerdale

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 February 2011
James Sutton

James Sutton

James Sutton is to leave 'Emmerdale' this spring after playing mechanic Ryan Lamb on the ITV1 soap since 2009

James Sutton is to leave 'Emmerdale'.

The 28-year-old actor has played mechanic Ryan Lamb in the ITV1 soap since 2009 but has decided to hand in his notice, as he is keen to pursue new projects now his alter-ego's storylines have "drawn to a natural conclusion".

In a statement released on the show's official website, the former 'Hollyoaks' star said: "I've massively enjoyed the last two years playing Ryan and been blessed to have worked with a group of such talented and supportive actors.

"I feel that Ryan's storylines have drawn to a natural conclusion and, although I'll be sad to say goodbye, I'm excited about what the future holds.

"Having trained in theatre I'm looking forward to getting back to my roots and exploring new opportunities."

While it is not yet known how Ryan will be written out of the soap, his screen mother Kim Thomson (Faye Lamb) is also leaving 'Emmerdale' this year.

Executive producer Steve November added: "James has been a much valued member of the cast and we wish him all the best for the future."

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