Emmerdale exit: Is Will Taylor star Dean Andrews leaving Emmerdale?

Emmerdale dramatically tease what's coming up in October

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Will (played by Dean Andrews) has been at the centre of a huge storyline on Emmerdale recently, as he continues to harbour the secret his daughter, Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley), murdered DI Malone (Mark Womack). The father of one has also had a troublesome relationship with Kim Tate (Claire King) which included him convincing her son Jamie Tate (Alexander Lincoln) she was dead earlier this year on ITV soap. In upcoming scenes, the character will make a sharp exit from the show and it seems it could be for good. Here is everything you need to know about whether actor Dean has left the soap for good.

Is Will Taylor star Dean Andrews leaving Emmerdale?

In this week’s episodes, Will has been rattled by the fact Malone’s last resting place is likely to be disturbed as part of the survival-themed event taking place in the village.

Only he and vicar Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) know the body is buried on the grounds of Home Farm, with Kim having no idea her land has become a graveyard.

Unwilling to let his guilt fester anymore, the bad boy of the Dales tells Kim everything in Wednesday night’s episode.

Viewers will be left wondering what the ruthless businesswoman will do with this information and not wanting to risk his freedom, Will sets a plan in place to flee.

Knowing it will be hard to say goodbye to his daughter and grandson for good, it seems the former jailbird will be willing to make the sacrifice to avoid going to prison again.

It’s not been officially confirmed by the soap ahead of transmission of the episodes whether or not the actor who plays Will is leaving for good.

However, the character will be bidding farewell to the village by the end of the week as he tells his daughter he will take the wrap for murdering Malone.

Dean has spoken out about what is going through Will’s mind now one of his biggest and darkest secrets is out in the open.

The actor explained: “Will probably realises now how fragile his position is. Of course, all that he keeps saying to Dawn is that the only thing that matters to him is her and Lucas.”

Discussing his departure from the show, the actor added: “He goes off to France and is just [going] to wing it.”

He just wants some time to pass

Dean Andrews

“I think he just wants some time to pass before the dust has settled,” Dean continued to explain in an interview with ITV.

“He’d come back once he’s not in receipt of any knowledge that the police are after him,” he explained, teasing a return for his character in the future.

This exit will bring an end to Dean’s two-year stint on the show, having joined the cast of the iconic programme in April 2019.

When he first arrived, Harriet thought he was dead after Dawn told her the jailbird had died in prison after the victor got him sent down for dealing drugs when she was a police officer.

This began months of rivalry between the former lovers as they tried to make sense of rediscovering one another after so long.

When they did finally decide to give things a go again, the return of her colleague and another former lover, Malone, set the cat amongst the pigeons for Harriet.

She was unable to resist the devilish detective’s charm, despite being engaged to Will and was planning on marrying him.

What prompted her to go back to Malone was the fact she thought her fiancé had returned to his days as a criminal.

Having found a gun in her house, she was convinced her partner was lying to her but little did she know he had got it to protect them as some of his former gang members were trying to track him down.

As the affair became public knowledge, Malone goaded Will over sleeping with Harriet and revealed he was the leader of the gang the former jailbird had worked for back in the day.

Will was over a barrel and couldn’t get out of the rather sticky situation when Malone started to blackmail him.

Malone brought in Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) to reform the drugs group but when Dawn found out, she took action.

After he goaded her with drugs, knowing she was an addict, Malone was struck down as Dawn shot him when he went to attack Harriet.

With the detective dead, Will did not want his daughter to go through the same ordeal he had behind bars and instructed her to stay quiet.

Unfortunately, more than a year later, his plans to keep the secret buried have ultimately led to his exit from the show.

Is this the first time Dean Andrews has been on Emmerdale?

No, this isn’t the first time actor Dean has tried to secure a role on the ITV soap as he auditioned for another character a few years previously.

Dean explained: “I went in to play a Yorkshire radio presenter. I went in and did it in an American accent, for some unknown reason.

“The director was really kind, he said ‘That was lovely, any chance you could do it in a Yorkshire accent?’ ‘I said, of course, as I am Mr Yorkshire.

“And, I then proceeded to do it again in the same American accent, and didn’t get the job,” he told ITV’s This Morning.

Emmerdale airs weekdays at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode airing on Thursdays at 8pm.

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