Emmerdales Cathy exit sealed as she eyes up family reunion away from village

Fan-favourite Cathy Hope (played by Gabrielle Dowling) is set to say a fond farewell to Emmerdale as she continues to battle her debilitating health condition.

Over the past few months, the teen’s life has been turned upside down after she was diagnosed with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder by village doctor Manpreet Sharma.

And things only took a turn for the worst in recent weeks as the blonde bombshell was cramming in study session ahead of her upcoming GCSE exams.

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But on Thursday night (April 27), it all became too much for the youngster who took matters into her own hands and decided to run away.

Luckily during Friday’s visit to the ITV Dales, Cathy returned home to her concerned father Bob and his girlfriend Brenda who had half the village out looking for her.

But her one condition upon her return was that she could bin off her final exams and leave the town behind to pay a visit to her older brother Scott.

She confessed: “I’m really sorry, I shouldn’t have run off. I know you’re all trying your best and I am dead grateful.

“The thing is, I want to go to the Lakes to see Scott,” to which Bob reassured her, ‘Oh you are, it’s all arranged.”

It was at this point that Cathy insisted: “No I mean now, on my own. I’m not sitting my exams, I can’t stay here, I can’t.

“I feel like I'm on display all the time and everyone’s just waiting for me to break down or freak out.”

Brenda replied: “I guess she could go, I mean we could clear it with the school and she could go” as Bob agreed: “Well, if it’s what you want, then we’ll go.”

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It has been 16 years since the TV hunk has walked on the Emmerdale set, originally played by Toby Cockerell from 1993 until 1996 before Ben Freeman took over the role until his exit in 2007.

The character is the son of Viv Hope and Reg Dawson but Reg deserted them when Scott was young. Viv later gave birth to twins Cathy and Heath in 2007 but sadly died in the post office a few years later in 2011.


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