Adam Thomas ‘quits Emmerdale after eight years in order to pursue his dream of hosting his own television show’

He has played Adam Barton on the beloved ITV soap for eight years.Adam Thomas

But Adam Thomas has now reportedly quit Emmerdale, and will be written out of the show in 2017.

It has since been claimed the 28-year-old actor, who enjoyed a successful stint on I’m A Celebrity last year, is departing the Dales in order to pursue his own TV show.

A source said: “Adam’s had a great time but he’s spent eight years in the Dales and thinks the time is right.

“It’s a headache for bosses as he’s a recognisable face, especially after I’m A Celebrity.”

Adam, brother of former Corrie star Ryan Thomas, shot to fame during three years as Donte Charles in BBC drama Waterloo Road.

In 2009 he joined Emmerdale as Adam Barton.  His storylines have seen him suffer a breakdown and commit arson after John Barton, the man he believed was his father, died.

EXCLUSIVE Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas farewell party - 2016His character also mistakenly believed he had fathered a child after a doctored paternity test — and his half-sister Holly and biological father James were also both killed off earlier this year within a month of each other.

His exit follows many cast departures for Emmerdale in recent months – with Kevin Fletcher and Gemma Atkinson also quitting over the last year.

While Adam has been on the soap for eight years, he rose to a larger level of prominence last year after winning the public over with his witty personality on I’m A Celebrity, alongside Joel Dommett, Scarlett Moffatt and Larry Lamb.

Away from work, Adam is busy planning for his wedding to his stunning fiancée Caroline Daly – which he will no doubt have more time for upon departure.

Over the Christmas holidays, the father-of-one asked Ryan and his other sibling, Love Island star Scott, to be the best men on his special day.

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