SAMANTHA Giles has quit Emmerdale.
The actress – who plays Bernice Blackstock in the ITV soap – has announced she is leaving the show after seven years playing the beautician.
She tweeted: “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.”
Fans were devastated by the shock announcement and flocked to beg her to stay.
One wrote: “Oh Sam you are one of my favourites sorry to see you go but good luck in your next venture xx”
A second said: “Can’t believe it… Bernice is a fantastic character. Will miss her. Good luck”
Another added: “No you cant leave love bernice but good luck to the future.”
The actress joined the show originally in 1998 as a barmaid at The Woolpack after leaving her first husband when she caught him in bed with another man.
She was later joined by her mother Diane, and she went on to marry Vicar Ashley Thomas before their bitter split.
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In 2002 Bernice left the village for a life on cruise ships, leaving her daughter Gabby to be raised by her ex-husband.
She returned in 2012 for her most recent stint after splitting with her third husband Charlie and storylines since have seen her have affairs with Andy Sugden, a relationship with secretly gay Lawrence and a new romance with Dr Cunningham.
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