Emmerdale star Michael Wildman has revealed details of his new character after bowing out as Al Chapman on the ITV soap. The actor will star in a new Netflix drama after three years in the Yorkshire Dales.

Michael appeared as the devious character of Al for the last time on Tuesday’s episode of the ITV soap.

After a scuffle with Cain Dingle (played by Jeff Hordley) and a shotgun, his character was shot with a bullet and met his untimely end.

However, where one role has closed another has opened up with the streaming giant.

Ahead of his new role, he said: “My character is a bit of a wide boy but he is not a villain.”

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He added: “It’s quite a dark piece but I’m really looking forward to it.

“The drama is being filmed in London which means I’ll be able to come home to my bed every evening. It also means my wife can take on more projects herself,” he told The Mirror.

His new role will be starring as a bar manager in the new drama Baby Reindeer and his character’s friend is being stalked.

The new plot sounds as though it’s inspired by the latest true crime drama The Watcher, the most viewed show in the UK last month on the platform.

However, the drama roles will have to wait for the 47-year-old actor, who has more important matters to address before.

The star joked: “My biggest thing now is picking up the pieces for mum, as she is going to be crying like crazy.

“But I don’t think many others are going to be gutted Al is dead.”

The guilty party behind Al’s death is still unknown, but Cain has been arrested after being found at the murder scene.

Michael addressed the divisive nature of his character with a goodbye message to fans of the ITV soap.

After his final scenes, Emmerdale posted the video to its 619,000 Instagram followers of Michael bidding farewell.

In the video, he said: “The time has come for Al Chapman to move on. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of playing this mischievous, complex character.

“Thank you to the 95 percent of you that absolutely hate him, and the 5 per cent of you that actually love him”, before hinting: “Keep watching, there’s more to come.”

Fans and fellow castmates of the actor flocked to pay tribute to the popular actor.

Belle Dingle star Eden Taylor-Draper led the tributes, writing: “My favourite man” with a welling-up face emoji.

Mark Charnock, who won a National Television Award this year added: “Adore this utter gent X”.

Matty Barton actor Ash Palmisciano commented: “Lovely guy” to the hundreds of comments.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV and ITV Hub

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