Emmerdale favourites who fear they’ll be next to get axed from the ITV soap
Emmerdale fans know that living in the Dales tends to end in a grisly demise for plenty of its residents, with the village seeing more than its fair share of freak accidents and brutal murders over the years.
So it comes as no surprise that the stars of the soap tend to be apprehensive about the future of their jobs, as soapland can be a very unpredictable place to work in.
One of those cast members is Katherine Dow Blyton, whose character Harriet Finch is currently caught up in an explosive murder storyline.
Fans know that Harriet and Dawn killed bent copper DI Malone, and have both been trying to cover up their crime since last year.
Katherine previously said to The Sun: "You always worry that your days might be numbered.
"There have got to be consequences, whether that happens a year down the line or two years down the line, you can’t get away with murder.
"But I’ll stay for as long as they want me to stay. I love the show and the role; thank heavens for it."
Long-running cast member Dominic Brunt has also previously shared his fears about his future, admitting he is still half expecting to bed aced.
Despite being on the soap for 24 years, he told the Mirror that he always gets a little worried that each year could be his last in the village.
He said: "Every Christmas when the contract is up, I still think that’s probably it.
"I think that keeps me going, the thought that at any point you could be out. You can’t just wing it, turn up with no ideas.
"So I try hard – but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have a job this good for so long."
Danny Miller, who plays fan favourite Aaron Livesey, also previously revealed that whenever a new producer joins the soap, the cast tend to panic about what changes they will make.
After producer Iain MacLeod took over from Kate Oates, Danny said to TalkSport: "It's a bit like football – when the new producers come in and have their own ideas of how they want to play and have their idea of who are the star players.
"Although your previous boss has said, 'You’re part of the plans', the new boss could come in and say, 'You’re not my kind of actor, you’re out of here.'"
He continued: "Everybody panics because you don’t know what they want to do and if you have had loads of storylines you fear they might not want to use you as such, and it’s always interesting to see what they bring to the show. But I think it's healthy to worry about it."
The Sun also claimed that several actors on both Coronation Street and Emmerdale were worried about their jobs after the coronavirus pandemic caused chaos for the soaps last year.
After the shows were forced to take a break in production, the publication claimed that some stars were worried that they see a pay cut or be axed as part of cost-cutting measures.
An agent told them: "I've had several people on from Emmerdale – famous names who are very worried," one agent told the newspaper. "These are people who've been in the show for years and they were apprehensive for the future. Inevitably, the cast call will be far lower for each scene meaning people will be left at home and not getting paid.
"They also think that the longer this goes on the more ITV will realise they don't need so many people on the cast so when contracts come up for renewal, some people just won't have theirs renewed.
"I've had two big name stars on asking for work – anything they said. Voiceovers, reality TV, doing collabs on Instagram. I know the Corrie cast have the same fears, too."
Meanwhile, viewers will also see the return of some stars to the soap, as Michelle Hardwick and Laura Norton, who play Vanessa Woodfield and Kerry Wyatt, are both on maternity leave.
Both stars have recently welcomed sons, and are set to come back to the soap, although details are yet to have been announced.
Emmerdale continues on Monday at 7pm on ITV.
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