Emmerdale: Dominic Power’s considering self-defence classes! And Grace Cassidy’s leaving

News from Yorkshire way today includes Dominic Power joking that he might need self-defence classes as his character’s affair with Chas Dingle becomes more serious, and that Grace Cassidy is leaving the show.

Starting with what Dominic, who of course plays Cameron Murray, had to say to The Sun’s TV Biz, he joked, “It’s flattering that people say hello to me in the street but I’m not looking forward to the potential of being hit by handbags if Cameron becomes unpopular because of the affair.

“I might have to have some self-defence classes.”

He’s probably not wrong there, especially given that it was recently reported that Chas (Lucy Pargeter) will fall for Cameron and ask him to leave her niece Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) so that they can be a full-time couple…

Fur’s going to fly there for sure!

On now to the report that Grace Cassidy is leaving the show and her role as Hannah Barton.

It seems Grace – who’s also starred in Grange Hill and Casualty – made the decision to leave as she wants to “pursue new projects” but apparently, it wasn’t an easy decision for her.

She told the show’s official website, ”Working on Emmerdale has been one of the best periods of my life.

“After three years I have made so many friends here and I am going to miss them so much.

“However, I felt the time was right to move on as I still have so much to learn.

“I can’t thank Stuart [Blackburn, the show’s producer] and the team enough for making me feel so welcome.

“I will never forget the opportunity I was given.”

And of course, Grace’s co-star and on-screen sister Sophie Powles is also leaving the show and her role as Holly Barton.

It hasn’t yet been revealed how either character will be written out, but of course, their departure leaves only Natalie J Robb and Adam Thomas – who play Moira and Adam – remaining of the Barton family.

How would you write the character of Holly and Hannah out? Would you kill them off just to add to the Barton’s grief, or would you simply have them go off to college or something?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.