ITV Emmerdale legend lands dream job months after emotional exit from soap

Emmerdale star Fiona Wade has landed her "dream job" just months after quitting the ITV soap as Priya Sharma.

The 44-year-old actress has announced that she will be appearing the touring production of 2:22 A Ghost Story alongside The Wanted's Jay McGuinness and Hollyoaks actress Vera Chok. The West End version of the play, written by Danny Robins, has previously started Cheryl, Lily Allen, Laura Whitmore and Frankie Bridge.

Fiona says she "can't wait" to play the lead role of Jenny. In her statement to fans, she penned: "I am so excited to be joining the cast of 2.22 A Ghost Story. "Being a part of this thrilling and brilliant play is an absolute dream. I've been a huge fan of Danny Robins for a while now so this is a part and an opportunity I cannot wait to get started on. I feel blessed and honoured to be joining such an amazing team!"

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The play focuses on Jenny who believes her home is haunted but her husband Sam refuses to believe her stories. After arguing with one another over their different views, the couple stay awake until 2:22 in order to find out if their home is actually haunted.

Creator Danny explained: "I continue to be blown away by the success of this play. It demonstrates a huge appetite and curiosity for all things paranormal. This fabulous seventh cast for the 2024 leg of the tour will bring their own energy to these characters, telling the story anew for audiences across the UK. It’s always exciting to see the play come to life again in this way. It’s such a fun night out, and if chills give you thrills you’re in for a treat."

The announcement comes after Fiona discussed her exit from Emmerdale. The actress said she struggled with the decision to leave after reports emerged in October last year that she would leave her role after first joining the show in 2011. Describing it as "one of the hardest decisions" she has ever made, Fiona told Digtial Spy at the time: "Leaving my Emmerdale family is a big thing and it wasn't easy filming my last scenes. When you've been somewhere for that long and that's your every day, it's hard and feels sad. But as every actor knows, you need to challenge yourself and that's very important too.

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The TV star went on to describe the ITV soap as a "gift of a job" adding that there are "so many blessings" with working on the beloved soap. Fiona said: "To be given a character that you can make yours, to have fantastic writers that enable you to grow in this amazing character. Plus, the friends you make and the experiences you have are invaluable."

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV1 and ITVX at 7.30pm

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