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Entertainment Elizabeth Estensen talks Emmerdale exit after 22 years: ‘It’s a younger person’s job’

17:15  28 october  2021
17:15  28 october  2021 Source:   ok.co.uk

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Emmerdale ’s Diane Sugden actress Elizabeth Estensen says ‘the time was right’ to leave the soap after 22 years.

The actress will depart the Dales this week, as part of a thrilling plot which sees Diane plan to flee to Portugal with her daughter, Bernice (Samantha Giles), and pregnant granddaughter, Gabby (Rosie Bentham).

Well, until Gabby going into labour rather scuppers their plans!

Off screen, the 72-year-old actress has decided to leave her Dales character behind.

“For the past 22 years I have loved playing Diane Sugden - she’s kind, reliable and fiercely loyal,” she says. “I will miss it enormously, but I think the time has come now for me to go.”

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Elizabeth Estensen will depart the Dales after 22 years as Diane Sugden © ITV Elizabeth Estensen will depart the Dales after 22 years as Diane Sugden

Elizabeth first joined the soap in 1999, and holds the accolade of being the longest-running boss of the famous Woolpack pub.

It's a job she has adored, saying: “I have loved being a landlady. It is great behind the bar, as you may not always have the biggest scenes, but you get to see everyone and feel at the centre of everything. I used to call them my ‘What can I get you?’ days.”

She adds: “And with all that practice I have learnt over the years how to pull a good pint.”

Elizabeth Estensen was joined on set in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II © Press Association Elizabeth Estensen was joined on set in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II

In recent times, the pandemic has changed the nature of the job Elizabeth held for 22 years, something she admits is a “shame”.

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“We used to share, but now it is single occupancy dressing rooms. We no longer go into costume and make-up, which is a shame as I used to love going to make-up. But thankfully all the measures seem to work and we can keep recording.”

She told The Mirror : “I think it’s a younger person’s job, because you have to learn lines very quickly and the job is very hard work.”

Elizabeth has said she wants to travel the world and keep acting © ITV Elizabeth has said she wants to travel the world and keep acting

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And what of the future? Admitting she’s ‘emotional’ about leaving the show, Elizabeth is happy to take things as they come for a while.

She said: “I have not yet planned anything myself for when I leave. I would like to travel around the world and perhaps brush up my French. I’m not retiring from acting altogether, I simply want to keep working if I can.”

She adds: “I have been her for 22 years, I’ve been a landlady for 17 years. I can’t quite believe it. And do you know every day has been different and every day has been a pleasure.”

Emmerdale continues on weekdays at 7pm on ITV.

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