So long Sutton
We are sorry to announce that James Sutton, who plays Ryan Lamb, will be saying farewell to the Dales this Spring.
It's been an explosive couple of years for James, as Ryan has dealt with murder, incest and not forgetting his dramatic spell in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
James says "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."
Executive producer Steve November says, "James has been a much valued member of the cast and we wish him all the best for the future."www.itv.com/soaps/emmerdale/newsandgossi
I'm torn between a reaction of "Aw crap" and "not remotely surprised" - James has been dreadfully underused, even his big storyline, "a dramatic spell in prison for a crime he didn't commit" wound up being more about Natasha, Nathan and Maisie than it did about Ryan! And with Kim Thomson (who plays his mother, Faye) announcing her departure a couple of weeks ago, the writing was very much on the wall.
But its just such a flipping waste!