Emmerdale star Danny Miller has admitted that he was ‘gutted’ to learn that his colleague and good friend Ryan Hawley had quit the soap and would be leaving at the end of the year – but has insisted that he completely understands and knows that he will find success in his career moving forward.

Danny and Ryan have been pivotal to some of Emmerdale’s biggest storylines of the last few years, with the Robron coupling garnering a huge and passionate fanbase, which has been left equally devastated by Ryan’s announcement that he is moving on to pastures new.

While Ryan didn’t want to talk about his exit, Danny was comparitively open about losing him, saying to Metro.co.uk with a wry smile: ‘I was livid. My ep count’s going down, isn’t it? No, you know. I’ve been there. I’ve left and had a go at seeing what’s out there. Auditioning and being a jobbing actor. I always had a feeling that Ryan would want to do that at some point.

‘Without blowing smoke, he’s a great actor and great to work with. So it was always inevitable he was going to do this. It’s just a case of when – and yes, I fully support him. He should get out there. I was gutted for me to lose a friend on set and around the building as well. I must be saying some things – I’ve lost Kelvin, Adam and now Ryan. I’m going to be the only one in that group message who’s still working! But it’s gutting for me, Aaron and the show. But I wish him all the best.’

And he added that he would be disappointed if Ryan’s character were to be killed off. He mused: ‘I personally think it would be a shame. It’s a character who has been so popular over the years. Ryan has come in and done it justice. It’d be a shame to do that. But if they did do it, it would be a great storyline for me. Just saying.’

Luckily, being the great friend that he is, Danny has some parting advice for Ryan, having been in his shoes. He laughed: ‘Do a panto, pay your tax! I’d say, just go for it, see what auditions you get. Ryan’s a lot cleverer than I am, so he’ll be fine with scripts that I’d have struggled with.’

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