Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten has decided to leave the soap after two years to pursue other acting roles.

Bosses at Emmerdale are reportedly planning an explosive exit storyline for her character, cleaner Rachel Breckle, who has a secret love child, Archie, with married factory boss Jai Sharma.

Gemma, 29, tweeted: “Emmerdales been amazing & I’m excited for future acting roles.

“There is LOTS of Rachel to come, you’ve got me a good while yet. First up #archiegate woo! There’s so much to come. So bear with me while I give it my all and hopefully do you proud.”

She also told fans: “Overwhelmed by all your love & support re my leaving @emmerdale so heartening to hear how much you love Rachel.”

According to the Daily Mirror, the actress’s character will not be killed off so there is an option for her to return in the future.

A source said: “Gemma will feature on Emmerdale until early January. Her character is set to exit the Dales in a blaze of glory.”