Emmerdale’s resident love rat Mark Wylde is set to leave the village in an explosive storyline in the New Year.

Actor Maxwell Caulfield joined the cast last Christmas with his on-screen wife Natasha – played by Amanda Donohoe – as their characters searched for a peaceful life in the country.

However their tranquil new home soon came crashing down around them with the arrival of Mark’s first wife Faye who revealed that he was a bigamist.

Series Producer Gavin Blyth said: “The highly anticipated departure of Mark Wylde has given us scope for a fantastic exit storyline over the winter months that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.”

And while the final twist to the tale is being kept firmly under wraps, Gavin teased: “We could see history repeated and Mark ditch the dales for a brand new life. Or will he keep his promise and leave the village with ex flame Faye? Perhaps a twist will ensue and Natasha will get her man for keeps, or could something far more sinister rid Mark of his demons forever?

“This is the final act to be played out for Mark Wylde and it’s guaranteed to be as unpredictable and explosive as when any major character leaves Emmerdale.”

Maxwell commented: “I can’t believe how fast my year in beautiful Yorkshire has flown by! But there was only so long Mark could keep those two women on the boil before he was the one getting burned! I’m confident the viewers will find this story gripping to the very end. Emmerdale is in great shape and I’ll miss them all.”

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