Kelvin Fletcher has said he doesn’t watch Emmerdale anymore because he wanted to “put some distance between” himself and the soap.
The 34-year-old actor portrayed Andy Sugden on the ITV show from 1996 to 2016, and admits the public “keep him up to speed” on what’s happening in the soap since he decided to call time on his Dales career so he doesn’t need to watch the soap.
Speaking to The Emmerdaily, he said: “I don’t watch as it clashes with my daughter’s bedtime and I needed to put some distance between me and the show but it doesn’t matter because everywhere I go, the public keep me up to speed.
“They ask why I haven’t visited Sarah [Andy’s daughter] or if I even know she’s ill. They’re very passionate both in person and on social media.
“I do keep up with how the show is doing in terms of awards as I’m still good friends with Danny Miller [Aaron Dingle] and Ryan Hawley [Robert Sugden, Andy’s brother]. They’ve both continued to do so well as has Emmerdale over the past couple of years. It’s so well deserved and a long time coming!”
Kelvin admitted that playing Andy has left him wanting to explore as many “different roles as possible” and he confessed he’d love to star in a “historical drama”, because he’s a bit of a “geek”.
He added: “After playing the same character for so long, I’m just keen to do as many different types of roles as possible. I’m a history geek so I’d love to do a historical drama maybe but I just want to stretch myself as an actor.”
Away from work, Kelvin is a doting dad to his two-year-old daughter Marnie Molly.
Earlier this year, Kelvin and his wife Eliza Marsland revealed that they were expecting their second child together.
Eliza shared the happy news on Instagram earlier this year by posting a sweet photograph of herself cradling her bump.
She captioned the post: “So much to look forward to this year! Feeling so lucky and excited for our family of 3 to become 4.”
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