Sophie Powles to leave ITV1 soap 'Emmerdale' after 2 years in the role of recovering drug addict Holly Barton!

Emmerdale actress Sophie Powles is set to leave the role of recovering drug addict Holly Barton after two years in the soap. Powles who first appeared on the ITV1 soap in Summer 2009 is following in the footsteps of on-screen father James Thornton who is set to depart ITV screens as John Barton soon having announced his departure from the soap in November. 23-year-old Sophie who had previously starred in ITV1 flop Britannia High is understood to have made the decision to leave the show herself.

Talking to the Daily Star, Powles commented: ''I have had an awesome three years atEmmerdale. I have made the best friends and have worked, had fun and learned so much with an amazing cast and crew. But after three years I am ready for some freedom to travel and be able to say yes to other projects and opportunities. I just want to say thank you to everyone at Emmerdale for making it such a brilliant place to work."

Meanwhile, producer for the ITV1 soap Stuart Blackburn said: ''It's going to be a very dramatic year for the Barton family. I'd like to thank Sophie for all her hard work and commitment. Her energy, enthusiasm and positivity have made her a joy to work with." The newspaper confirmed that actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter is set to reprise her role as Holly's best friend Roz Fielding for the purpose of her exit storyline.