An explosive storyline is set to see a THIRD character’s exit from Emmerdale.actorEmmerdale star Bill Ward, who plays James Barton, is going to be killed off later this year. However, ITV bosses are keeping details surrounding the character’s death under wraps for now.

News of Bill’s departure comes just weeks after Kevin Fletcher – who has played Andy Sugden for 20 years – and Sophie Powles – who plays Holly Barton – confirmed they are also quitting the Dales.

“It’s the third name in quick succession that is going out the exit door,” a source told The Sun. “Losing Andy Sugden, one of the show’s most popular characters ever, was a massive blow. Sophie, having only just come back after a long break, was a shame too. And now James is going. Emmerdale fans shouldn’t get too attached to their favourites as you never know who’s going to go next.”

This isn’t the first time Bill has been killed off a soap. Back in 2007, he was also written out of Coronation Street after playing Charlie Stubbs for four years.