Joe Gill leaves Emmerdale
5 October 2017 - 9:00 PM

Joe Gill leaves Emmerdale

Share article:

Joe Gill has thanked "Emmerdale" viewers for their "constant support", after his character Finn Barton was killed off.

The 23-year-old actor bowed out of the popular ITV soap when Finn Barton - whom he had played for four years - passed away during Thursday's (05.10.17) episode, after he finally succumbed to injuries he sustained when his mother Emma shot him earlier this week.

Now, in a note posted to Twitter, Joe has revealed he had made the "very tough decision" to leave the Yorkshire Dales months ago, and thanked the cast and crew for giving him the "best" four years of his life.

He wrote: "Earlier this year I made the very tough decision to leave the show in order to pursue other challenges.

"The 4 years I have spent in Emmerdale have been the best of my life and I couldn't have asked for better people to be around.

Joe Gill would reject I'm A Celebrity

Joe Gill would reject I'm A Celebrity

6 October 2017 - 11:00 AM

Joe Gill would reject I'm A Celebrity

"Thank you so much to the production team, the crew, the cast and of course my on screen family.

"It is something I will always look at with great pride when I think of the show and the character I played.

Emmerdale set for huge stunt

Emmerdale set for huge stunt

14 August 2017 - 1:00 PM

Emmerdale set for huge stunt

"And thank you to the viewers for your constant support, it has meant so much. Keep watching this week!

"Cheers, Joe x (sic)"

Meanwhile, Joe spoke to Digital Spy shortly before his exit, and explained that the decision to walk away from the soap had been in his mind since February.

He explained: "I spoke to our producer Iain MacLeod in late February. I knew that by the end of this contract, I'd have been on the show for four years. I'm very proud of the work that I've done on the character of Finn and I've really enjoyed working with everyone, but creatively, I felt that my time on the show had naturally come to an end.

"I'd just like to play a different character now and that was the only reason I've left. I absolutely loved my time on "Emmerdale" and I've not got a bad word to say about the place. Plus, they always say you should leave on a high!"

Jacqueline Jossa: My marriage is having ups and downs
24 May 2018

Jacqueline Jossa: My marriage is having ups and downs

Jacqueline Jossa: My marriage is having ups and downs
Fay Ripley bans TVs from any bedroom in her house
24 May 2018

Fay Ripley bans TVs from any bedroom in her house

Fay Ripley bans TVs from any bedroom in her house
Charlotte Bellamy 'hassled' by soap fans over Emmerdale affair
24 May 2018

Charlotte Bellamy 'hassled' by soap fans over Emmerdale affair

Charlotte Bellamy 'hassled' by soap fans over Emmerdale affair
Jorgie Porter joins Fame musical cast
24 May 2018

Jorgie Porter joins Fame musical cast

Jorgie Porter joins Fame musical cast
John Malkovich to play Hercule Poirot in The ABC Murders
24 May 2018

John Malkovich to play Hercule Poirot in The ABC Murders

John Malkovich to play Hercule Poirot in The ABC Murders
Kellie Maloney is 'fully-fledged female' after final op
24 May 2018

Kellie Maloney is 'fully-fledged female' after final op

Kellie Maloney is 'fully-fledged female' after final op
Alan Carr's dog yoga love
24 May 2018

Alan Carr's dog yoga love

Alan Carr's dog yoga love
Eleanor Tomlinson would be 'upset' with Aidan's big pay packet
24 May 2018

Eleanor Tomlinson would be 'upset' with Aidan's big pay packet

Eleanor Tomlinson would be 'upset' with Aidan's big pay packet
Jimmy Essex happy with 'shocking' Hollyoaks exit
24 May 2018

Jimmy Essex happy with 'shocking' Hollyoaks exit

Jimmy Essex happy with 'shocking' Hollyoaks exit
Ned Porteous advised to 'avoid certain bars' after landing Emmerdale role
24 May 2018

Ned Porteous advised to 'avoid certain bars' after landing Emmerdale role

Ned Porteous advised to 'avoid certain bars' after landing Emmerdale role
Denise Welch's 90-year-old bikini photo vow
24 May 2018

Denise Welch's 90-year-old bikini photo vow

Denise Welch's 90-year-old bikini photo vow
Marcel Somerville sacked from Celebs Go Dating after infidelity
24 May 2018

Marcel Somerville sacked from Celebs Go Dating after infidelity

Marcel Somerville sacked from Celebs Go Dating after infidelity