Anthony Quinlan ‘has quit his role as Pete Barton on Emmerdale’

Anthony Quinlan ‘has quit his role as Pete Barton on Emmerdale’ after six years because ‘he wants to do the jungle or Strictly’

Anthony Quinlan has reportedly quit his role on Emmerdale.

The 34-year-old actor is said to have decided to leave the soap after playing Pete Barton for six years as he wants to ‘pursue other roles and potentially a reality show’.

A source told The Sun: ‘Anthony has loved his time on Emmerdale but he is really keen to try and make a name for himself away from just soaps, and is looking at auditions.

Anthony Quinlan has reportedly quit his role on Emmerdale as Pete Barton

‘He says he would be up for doing a reality show too, like the jungle or Strictly, but with a full-on filming schedule for Emmerdale that’s quite tricky.’ 

MailOnline has approached a rep for Anthony and ITV for comment.

Should Anthony take part on Strictly, he’d be faced with mass awkwardness with his ex, pro dancer Dianne Buswell.

The pair were dating until last year, when she was paired up with Joe Sugg on the BBC dancing series.

A source told The Sun: ‘Anthony has loved his time on Emmerdale but he is really keen to try and make a name for himself away from just soaps, and is looking at auditions’

Pastures new? ‘He says he would be up for doing a reality show too, like the jungle or Strictly, but with a full-on filming schedule for Emmerdale that’s quite tricky,’ the source said

Joe ended up dating Dianne, with her and Anthony breaking up during the series, with many wondering about an overlap.

Should Anthony take part on the show in the coming years, he would be with Dianne frequently – even running the risk of being paried up with her.

His Emmerdale co-star Kelvin Fletcher is currently taking part on the 2019 series, and winning fans week after week, alongside pro partner Oti Mabuse. 

Anthony’s decision to leave Emmerdale comes in the wake of another popular star departing.

Awkward? Anthony dated Strictly dancer Dianne Buswell until last year

Following suit? His Emmerdale co-star Kelvin Fletcher is currently taking part on the 2019 series, and winning fans week after week, alongside pro partner Oti Mabuse

In September, Samantha Giles announced she is quitting her role as beautician Bernice Blackstock after seven years back on the show.

Taking to Twitter, she revealed: ‘After 7 fabulous years I am shortly to be hanging up Bernice’s aprons and leaving the dales to pursue other creative projects.

‘I will miss all the friends I’ve made on the show, but I’m very excited to be moving on to pastures new.’

Samantha first joined Emmerdale as Bernice in 1998 but left the programme in 2002 before making a brief appearance again in 2004. She made her full-time return as the beloved character in 2012. 

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