Emmerdale’s story line has been hotting up in the past couple of weeks. Last night’s episode culminated with the death of popular character Finn Barton, who was shot by his mum Emma.

Actor Joe Gill has been on the soap for four years but wanted to pursue something new.

He told What’s On TV: “I’m very proud of the work and the character, but creatively I felt that my time had naturally come to an end and I’d like to play a different character. It was for purely professional reasons.”

Joe added: “I’ve not got a bad word to say about Emmerdale; it’s fantastic, but I just felt it was time for me personally, as an actor, to move on. And as they say, you should leave whilst you’re on a high.”

Fans of the soap were left heartbroken and took to Twitter to express their thoughts.

Did you see Finn’s exit coming?

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One wrote: “Blubbing at #Emmerdale😭😭😭😭“. Another said: “Honestly devastated as Finn deserved a happy ending! Thank you Joe Gill for bringing us a character the public loved. #Emmerdale”.

Emmerdale Tweeted a video to mark Joe’s final goodbye and fans flooded it with well wishes and goodbyes.

One said: “Can’t believe you’ve left Emmerdale, gonna miss you, I wish you all the best for the future. 🙂“.

Strictly star Gemma Atkinson Tweeted: “Mate!!!!!😞😞😞 @JoeyGillX”.

Tim O’Mara, drama director a ITV and TV drama writer wrote: “You will be so missed by the crew who really appreciate your professionalism and talent. Shall be watching your progress closely.”