Anthony Quinlan has reportedly quit Emmerdale

He joined Emmerdale in 2013

Anthony Quinlan is quitting Emmerdale, a new report claims.

The 34-year-old actor has decided it is time to goodbye to the Dales after playing Pete Barton for six years on the ITV soap as he apparently wants to pursue other roles and potentially a reality show.

A source told The Sun’s Bizarre TV column: “Anthony has loved his time on Emmerdale but he is really keen to try and make a name for himself away from just soaps, and is looking at auditions.

“He says he would be up for doing a reality show too, like the jungle or Strictly, but with a full-on filming schedule for Emmerdale that’s quite tricky.”

Anthony joined Emmerdale in 2013 as John and Moira Barton’s nephew Pete.

He first appeared with his dad James and younger brother Finn.

The three of them soon moved to the village where Pete and Finn’s brother Ross was living.

Anthony’s decision to leave Emmerdale comes in the wake of another popular star departing.

In September, Samantha Giles announced she is quitting her role as beautician Bernice Blackstock after seven years back on the show.

Samantha will be leaving her role as Bernice (Credit: ITV)

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Taking to Twitter, she revealed: “After 7 fabulous years I am shortly to be hanging up Bernice’s aprons and leaving the dales to pursue other creative projects.

“I will miss all the friends I’ve made on the show, but I’m very excited to be moving on to pastures new.”

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Samantha first joined Emmerdale as Bernice in 1998 but left the programme in 2002 before making a brief appearance again in 2004. She made her full-time return as the beloved character in 2012.

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