Emmerdale star James Sutton has called Alice Coulthard’s forthcoming departure ‘a big loss to the show’.

The 26-year-old actress, who plays Maisie Wylde, is leaving Emmerdale at the end of the year.

James, who plays her half-brother Ryan Lamb in Emmerdale, said: “It’s a big loss to the show. I think she’s proved over the last few months that she’s a top actress and any programme would be lucky to have her.

“Everyone’s sad to see her go. She’s getting married soon and wants to move back to London with her fiance. There will be a lot of work out there for her and we wish her the best.”

James will be among the guests at Alice’s wedding to rock musician Owen Dyke.

“It will be lovely”, he said of the nuptials. “And her fiance is a smashing guy.”

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