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Emmerdale actor Ryan Hawley 'QUITS' his role as Robert Sugden after five years on the soap to 'pursue other projects'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/06/2019 Charlotte Dean For Mailonline
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Ryan Hawley attends the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester on September 10, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) © Getty LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Ryan Hawley attends the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester on September 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Emmerdale star Ryan Hawley has reportedly quit his role as Robert Sugden after five years of playing the much-loved character.

The actor, 33, has apparently decided to leave the long-running soap to pursue 'other projects' and will bow out of the programme at the end of this year.

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Ryan has been at the centre of many dramatic story lines including affairs, a prison sentence, and an inner battle with coming to terms with his sexuality.

a man smiling for the camera: Leaving? Emmerdale star Ryan Hawley has reportedly quit his role as Robert Sugden after five years of playing the much-loved character © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Leaving? Emmerdale star Ryan Hawley has reportedly quit his role as Robert Sugden after five years of playing the much-loved character An insider told the Sun: 'Emmerdale fans have loved every minute of RobRon's story, and what Ryan has brought to playing Robert.

'But he has decided to take a break from the show for the foreseeable future and try other projects.

'He will leave later this year, but fans can expect to see him on screen right up until the end of the year. He will be sorely missed.'

Danny Miller wearing a suit and tie: Moving on: The actor (left), 33, has apparently decided to leave the long-running soap to pursue 'other projects' and will bow out of the programme at the end of this year (pictured wit his on-screen husband Aaron Dingle) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Moving on: The actor (left), 33, has apparently decided to leave the long-running soap to pursue 'other projects' and will bow out of the programme at the end of this year (pictured wit his on-screen husband Aaron Dingle)

MailOnline have contacted representatives for Ryan and Emmerdale. 

The move is likely to leave fans devastated, as many viewers have been hugely supportive of Robert’s relationship with Aaron Dingle (played by Danny Miller), whom they have affectionate dubbed RobRon.

Ryan is the fourth actor to have played Robert, taking up the role in 2014 and following in the footsteps of Richard Smith, Christopher Smith and Karl Davies. 

An insider told the Sun : 'Emmerdale fans have loved every minute of RobRon's story, and what Ryan has brought to playing Robert' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An insider told the Sun : 'Emmerdale fans have loved every minute of RobRon's story, and what Ryan has brought to playing Robert'

In one of his most explosive storylines, he accidentally killed sister-in-law Katie after she took a photo of him and Aaron kissing whilst he was engaged to Chrissie White. 

a man in a suit standing in front of a store: Character: Ryan is the fourth actor to have played Robert, taking up the role in 2014 and following in the footsteps of Richard Smith, Christopher Smith and Karl Davies © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Character: Ryan is the fourth actor to have played Robert, taking up the role in 2014 and following in the footsteps of Richard Smith, Christopher Smith and Karl Davies

During his time in the role, Ryan has won various awards, including a Tric Award for Soap Actor last year and the gong for Best Soap Actor at the TV Choice Awards the year before. 

He’s also bagged Best Partnership with Danny Miller at the Inside Soap Awards back in 2016 and Best Newcomer at the same awards ceremony in 2015. 

a woman standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Dramatic: Ryan has been at the centre of many dramatic story lines including affairs, a prison sentence, and an inner battle with coming to terms with his sexuality © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dramatic: Ryan has been at the centre of many dramatic story lines including affairs, a prison sentence, and an inner battle with coming to terms with his sexuality

Ryan is set to leave the show later this year.  

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