Emmerdale’s Louise Marwood has admitted that she is “incredibly sad” to be leaving her role as Chrissie White, describing her exit as “a hell of a gamble”.
Chrissie White was killed of alongside Lawrence White (John Bowe) in Thursday’s double-bill episode, after the White family’s car drove headfirst into a lorry.
White’s son Lachlan grabbed hold of the wheel and steered the family into the truck.
Lachlan's grandfather was killed after he was flung from the vehicle - he had undone his seat belt to try and stop the upcoming crash.
Chrissie had a slower death after she regained consciousness and shared a heartbreaking conversation with Lachlan before she passed away.
Rebecca White remains in a critical condition in hospital at the end of the episode witrh suspected internal bleeding.
Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley), who they were chasing, called the ambulance and both Rebecca and Lachlan were taken to hospital.
Speaking about her exit for the first time, Louise Marwood said: "I am very sad actually, because we have become really close.
"Myself, Ryan Hawley (Robert), Tom Atkinson (Lachlan) and John Bowe (Lawrence) all came into the show at the same time. And it feels like Emily Head (Rebecca) has been here all the time too, as we've become so close.
"Obviously we'll stay friends forever, but I'm not going to see them everyday, so that will take a while to sink in. It's everybody else in the building too, like the crew. It's amazing team of people – I have never met a team like it in my life and I may never again, so that's incredibly sad.
"I am going back to London now, so who knows what's next? It's that thing of going to auditions. It was the right time to leave, as three years is a good stint to do.
"It's very tempting to stay, but my life is in London, so it was time to go. It's a hell of a gamble to take as you never know what is around the corner, but that quite excites me."
Asked about filming the stunt scenes, Louise replied: "It was amazing actually. It's probably the most fun I've had since I've been at Emmerdale, because I have never done anything like this before.
"The amount of work that goes into making this stuff look real is unbelievable. We watched the crash happen and of course, we were involved in many situations manipulated to make it look like it was happening to us.
"Dying on screen was really fun, which is a weird thing to say! It was written really well and there was a lot of care taken to end the relationship between Chrissie and Lachlan without being too sentimental. It was done in a really lovely way."
Asked about her happiest memory on Emmerdale, she said: "I loved being a bitch – that was really fun. I got to say some awful things to people – it was such a release to be able to say things that you would never say in real life. They really enjoyed writing that for Chrissie, you could tell when the writers are really into the character.
"The crash is possibly the most fun I've had in terms of stunts. In terms of relationships, Kelvin Fletcher was great and he had been here since he was very young, so he was inspiring to work with.
"Ryan is like a brother I never asked for but I love more than life itself, and the same with Emily, who is like a sister. I'm very lucky."
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