Rik Makarem and Sian Reese-Williams leaving Emmerdale!

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Emmerdale actors Rik Makarem and Sian Reese-Williams have both quit the ITV1 soaps it has been revealed. Rik and Sian, best known for playing popular soap couple Nikhil and Gennie Sharma will both be leaving the soap later this year.

Reese-Williams' exit was announced earlier in the week as she revealed: "I have absolutely adored my five years playing Gennie and being part of such an iconic show. My decision to leave has nothing to do with Emmerdale - it's such a special place and I will always cherish it - but I feel it's the right time for me to say goodbye and find new challenges.''

Meanwhile, today her screen-husband Rik announced: ''What a privilege for four years to be a part of such a brilliant show! Along with the creative team, it's been so enjoyable crafting the many wonderful 'under-surface' colours and quirks to my character. I will treasure the experience deeply.''

''What a privilege for four years to be a part of such a brilliant show! Along with the creative team, it's been so enjoyable crafting the many wonderful 'under-surface' colours and quirks to my character. I will treasure the experience deeply.''

ITV have revealed that Gennie and Nikhil will continue to appear on the soap 'throughout most of the summer' but their exits are being kept under wraps. However, with previous spoilers teasing two exits over the summer with 'one character definitely not coming back', it looks like one of the couple may well be leaving six feet under.

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