Emmerdales Matthew Wolfenden to take break to spend time with new girlfriend

Emmerdale favourite Matthew Wolfenden could end up taking a break from work to spend time with his rumoured new girlfriend Heather Scott Martin following his split from his former co-star wife Charley Webb.

The 43-year-old is known to millions of soap fans as David Metcalfe and he's recently bowed out of the programme after Matthew being a regular since 2006 and many fans will be sad to see him go. He's currently in London on a production of Elf but a culture and expert thinks he slow down his workload in the new year.

Rochelle White, of Rochelle White Agency, has hinted what Matthew could do next after leaving his job after 17 years. She told Daily Star: "I feel he will have his options to either head to another soap, take part in some reality shows that some Celebs do once they've left a show or have a break, or he could look to do the TV drama type shows.

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"I think because he has been in Emmerdale for so long, he might want to take a break to refocus or he could have something in the pipeline – which we're yet to find out about. Also, with him reportedly having a new girlfriend, he could also want to take some time to spend with her and figure out what he wants to do. In a way, it's a good way to leave a show as with the new year just around the corner, he can really start something fresh in 2024. I would say to watch this space and what he does."

The Sun reports that Matthew is now seeing personal trainer Heather Stanley after confirming his split from wife Charley, who played Debbie Dingle in Emmerdale. Heather charges £40 per hour for her PT services, and her work motto says: "Leave the past behind, focus on what you can do now."

The pair are said to have been going on late night dates, and Heather has just been spotted waiting for Matthew to finish his performances on stage. A source told the publication: "She was trying not to be seen with him, standing away from the stage door when he emerged from show rehearsals and shows. But now the cat is out of the bag.

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"Heather is a clean cut, popular woman who was desperate not to be painted as Matthew’s ‘other woman’. She’s not happy about being thrust into the conversation of his celebrity marriage breakdown." The soap star is playing Buddy the Elf, in holiday favourite Elf the Musical, based on the 2003 film of the same name. The musical follows a human raised by Santa's elves, travelling to America to meet this biological father.

The role was announced around the same time Matthew made his return to the stage. Announcing the split via Instagram, Charley wrote, "It is with love and respect that Matthew and I have decided to separate. We remain friends and our priority is the love for our children. For their sake we would appreciate privacy at this time." The ex-spouses share three children: Buster, thirteen, Bowie, eight, and Ace, four.

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV1 and ITVX at 7.30pm

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