Kelvin Fletcher addresses Emmerdale exit reports with a very cryptic tweet


Kelvin Fletcher has addressed reports that he is leaving Emmerdale after 20 years to become a rally driver.

Earlier this week, The Sun wrote that the actor - who plays Andy Sugden on the ITV soap - was quitting the programme and would take up a career as a racing driver.

However, his Twitter post was somewhat cryptic, as he dismissed the driver reports but did not seem to deny an actual departure from the show.

"Leaving Emmerdale to become a rally driver? First I've heard!" he wrote on the social networking site.

But he added, with a tease: "Although I do know one thing; there's some BIG surprises coming #Emmerdale."

Kelvin Fletcher as Andy Sugden on Emmerdale
Kelvin Fletcher has addressed claims he is leaving his role as Andy Sugden on Emmerdale (ITV/Emmerdale)

Does this mean he will be leaving the show and that he's involved in some exciting storyline over his exit, or is it about something else entirely?

The actor has played Andy in the long-running soap since 1996 and, earlier this week, ITV chiefs said they would not confirm or deny the reports of his impending exit.

A statement said: "We do not comment on the cast contracts nor future storylines."

Kelvin has to date competed in numerous sporting events including the 2016 British Touring Car Championship and the Porsche Carrera Cup.

His character arrived in the soap as Andy Hopwood, but was adopted by Jack and Sarah Sugden, and so became a permanent part of the Sugden family.

Kelvin Fletcher as Emmerdale's Andy Sugden
Kelvin Fletcher has appeared on Emmerdale as Andy Sugden for 20 years (Andrew Boyce/ITV)

Well-known storylines over the years include Andy setting fire to the farm's barn, as well as a domestic abuse storyline and a plot which saw his brother Robert being shot.

Currently Andy is on trial for the shooting of Lawrence White and viewers are waiting to see if he will be convicted for the crime, which he did not commit.