Gemma Oaten leaving 'Emmerdale' role!

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Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten has decided to leave the ITV1 soap, it has been announced.

The actress who plays Rachel Breckle on the soap will leave at the beginning of next year  follow a turbulent time for her character. Although details about the character's exit are being kept under wraps, show bosses have confirmed that she will be exiting in the new year.

Oaten joined the cast in summer 2011 and her character's feisty nature soon set tongues wagging. Rachel's arrival paved the way for the arrival of the Spencer family, consisting of Rachel's sister Ali, Ali's partner Ruby, ex-husband Dan and their kids Sean and Amelia.

Her most well known storyline has seen Rachel hiding a secret as her son Archie was fathered by villager Jai Sharma, unbeknownst to his wife Charity.