EMMERDALE star Michael Wildman talks about the aftermath of his character Al Chapman getting killed off in dramatic scenes.
The actor, 47, opened up about his departure from Emmerdale, after three years on the ITV soap.
Al became the fourth character in a month to be killed off as part of the show’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Tuesday's episode saw Cain Dingle, armed with a gun, discover his sister Chas was secretly dating Al.
The two feuding men had a fight that ended with Al being shot dead.
Talking to the Mirror about Al's dramatic departure, Michael said: "My biggest thing now is picking up the pieces for Mum, as she is going to be crying like crazy. But I don't think many others are going to be gutted Al is dead."
"Al and Cain have been at loggerheads on and off for two years. They have done a lot of talking, there has been a lot of banter but ultimately, Al was blinded by love.
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"He had fallen heavily for Chas and this was his downfall. Al and Cain had no room left for talk. They wanted a scrap but until last night, they didn’t know where that fight would end.
"I wanted Al to go out with a bang, and last night he most definitely did."
He added how emotional he was filming his final scenes but agreed with soap's bosses that it was the right time for Al to go.
Michael is a well-established actor with previously appearances including the Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One, and as Magorian in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
So what's next for Micheal?
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Michael has already lined up his first big project after Emmerdale – a Netflix drama called Baby Reindeer.
He plays a bar manager whose colleague has been stalked for 10 years.
He said: "It's quite a dark piece but I’m really looking forward to it.
"My character is a bit of a wide boy but he is not a villain. The drama is being filmed in London which means I'll be able to come home to my bed every evening. It also means my wife can take on more projects herself."
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