Emmerdale’s writers are apparently developing scripts to prevent two of its leading young actresses leaving.
Verity Rushworth and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who play Donna Dingle and Jasmine Thomas, have reportedly asked to be written out of the soap so they can move on to new projects.
But TV bosses are so worried about the impact of losing the popular pair, that they are considering giving them a 12 month break and a run of sizzling scripts to convince them to stay, according to the Daily Star.
A soap insider told the newspaper: “It would be a big blow for the show to lose two of its sexiest stars. Every effort will be made to convince them to stay.”
The two girls are under contract until the end of this year, but it seems they are hoping to follow former Emmerdale favourite Adele Silva and move on to new projects.
Verity is thought to have told friends she is worried about being typecast after playing Donna for 10 years.
Meanwhile, Jenna is thought to have been approached about a stage role.
An Emmerdale spokesman told the paper: “Both Verity and Jenna expressed an interest in taking a break, but nothing will be confirmed until we begin contract negotiations.”